Graduation Requirements


In order to earn a high school diploma and graduate through Acellus Academy, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Earn a total of 24 high school credits, including the minimum requirements in each subject area.
  • Complete the 12th grade through Acellus Academy, including four core credits and two elective credits.
  • Be enrolled in Acellus Academy for a minimum of nine months.
  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Meet all outstanding financial obligations with Acellus Academy.
Graduation Requirements

Units of Credit

Graduation from Acellus Academy’s high school is achieved through the earning of credits as specified in this policy. Credits for all high school courses and for graduation requirements will be awarded on a ``unit of credit`` basis.

One ``1.0 unit of credit`` is equal to a year of instruction within a course. Some courses are offered to students with half credit, “0.5 unit of credit”, is equal to a semester or half a year of instruction within a course.

Plan of Study

A portfolio plan of study is defined as courses to be taken during the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades of a student’s educational experience preparing students for their high school diploma, career aspirations, and college readiness.

High school courses taken and given credit high school credit on a transcript from the school of record may be counted toward high school graduation requirements.

Requirements for High School Graduation

To be eligible for graduation through Acellus Academy, students must complete a minimum of the entire 12th grade through Acellus Academy, including four core credits and two elective credits. Credits earned from other institutions may be transferred provided that the student has earned a grade of C- or better.


Graduation Pathways

Two graduation pathways are available to full-time students. A standard pathway aligns to the minimum credit requirements for graduation set by the State of Missouri. This option is recommended for students that plan to attend a community college or directly enter the workforce after high school.

A more rigorous program of study is recommended for students that plan to apply to competitive four-year colleges with more stringent admissions requirements.



Standard High School Diploma

- English Language Arts (4.0 credits)
- History / Social Studies (3.0 credits)
- Mathematics (3.0 credits)
- Science (3.0 credits)
- Fine Arts (1.0 credit)
- Health Education (0.5 credit)
- Physical Education (1.0 credit)
- Personal Finance (0.5 credit)
- Practical Arts (1.0 credit)
- Electives (7.0 credits)

Total: 24 credits

High School Graduation with Honors

- English Language Arts (4.0 credits)
- History / Social Studies (3.0 credits)
- Mathematics (4.0 credits)
- Science (3.0 credits)
- Fine Arts (1.0 credit)
- Language Other Than English (2.0 credits)
- Health Education (0.5 credit)
- Physical Education (1.0 credit)
- Practical Arts (1.0 credit)
- Personal Finance (0.5 credit)
- Electives (6.0 credits)

Total: 26 credits (Min. GPA: 3.0)


Transferring Credits

  • Credits earned while attending another high school may be transferable.
  • An official transcript will be required for the transfer of credits.
  • Only credits with a grade of C- or greater are eligible for transfer.
  • Acellus Academy reserves the right to decline the transfer of credit(s).
  • As a minimum, students must complete the entire 12th grade through Acellus Academy (minimum of 6 credit

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