Preparing Online School Students for Graduation

Connections Academy provides in-depth support to ensure that online school students understand their graduation requirements and are well prepared for life beyond high school.

To make sure that our graduating class of seniors is well prepared for the transition out of virtual high school, Connections Academy provides:

  • Access to a full-time certified school counselor
  • Assistance creating a four-year academic plan
  • College and career planning, including:
    • Support in finding appropriate college or career opportunities
    • LiveLesson® online workshops about the college application process, including information on local colleges/universities
    • Financial aid and scholarship LiveLesson online workshops
    • Free access to college admissions test preparation online courses and information about test dates, locations, etc.
    • Official transcripts
  • Additional extracurricular activities 
Graduating ORCA Students on stage accepting their diplomas

High School Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully earn a minimum of 24 credits to graduate, complete a graduation project, and also pass state tests. Be sure to check your school handbook for updates.

The course credits required to graduate include:

  • Language arts: 4 credits
  • Math: 3 credits (at or above algebra 1)
  • Science: 3 credits (including biology and physical science)
  • Social studies: 3 credits
  • Health: 1 credit
  • Physical education: 1 credit
  • Humanities/CTE: 2 credits (fine arts, world languages, technology, career technical education)
  • Career ed: 1 credit
  • Additional 5 credits of electives are required
Learn more about our Dual Credit opportunities to earn college credits