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Graduation Requirements

All MPS Students Must Complete the Following Requirements to Graduate and Earn a Diploma from MPS.

My Life Plan (MLP) - Completion of MLP activities, grades 9-12

  • MLP consists of multiple activities each year focused on preparing students for life after high school. 
  • For additional information, see MPS District Counseling's MLP Website 

Credit Requirements

Earn a minimum of 21.5 total credits and complete all required coursework per the table below:

(1 credit = 1 year-long course, 0.25 credit is earned per class, per quarter.)

SUBJECT AREA

CREDITS NEEDED

MPS DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS

SWHS PATHWAYS

Language Arts

4.0

An English class all 4 years of high school.

Social Studies

3.5

•Geography - 0.5 credit

•US History - 1.0 credit

•World History - 1.0 credit

•Government and Citizenship - 0.5 credit

•Economics - 0.5 credit

All SWHS students complete 4 years of Social Studies, as all 9th graders take the year-long AP Human Geography course.

Mathematics

3.0

•Intermediate Algebra - 1.0 credit

•Geometry - 1.0 credit

•Advanced Algebra - 1.0 credit

SWHS follows the IB math curriculum. A 3-year progression through this curriculum fulfills MPS graduation requirements.

Science

3.0

•Physical Science - 1.0 credit

•Biology - 1.0 credit

•Chemistry or Physics - 1.0 credit

Fine Arts

1.0

1 year, or 2 semesters, of Fine Arts

Health

0.5

Health

Physical Education

0.5

Fitness for Life

World Language

0

No requirement, considered an elective.

Considered a core class by the IB and by many 4-year colleges. Therefore, most SWHS students take a world language throughout their 4 years of high school.

Elective

6.0

 

Elective courses may include “typical” elective courses or academic core credits earned in academic courses above and beyond the minimum graduation requirements.

 

It's also important to note that minimum high school graduation requirements (outlined above) are not always the same as minimum postsecondary/college admissions requirements. Please refer to the table below:

Subject

High School

Graduation

College Admission

(2-year)

College Admission

(4-year)

College Admission

(Highly Selective)

English

4 years

4 years

4 years

4 years

Social Studies

3.5 years

3.5 years

3 – 4 years

4 years

Math

3 years

3 years

3 – 4  years

4 years

Science

3 years

3 years

3 – 4 years

4 years

Fine Arts

1 year

1 year

1 year

1 year

Health

.5 year

.5 year

.5 year

.5 year

Phy. Ed.

.5 year

.5 year

.5 year

.5 year

Electives

6 Credits

6 Credits

(will vary)

(will vary)

World Language

-

-

2 years

3-4 years