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 and active in Acellus Academy for a minimum of twelve 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.


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

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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)

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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 credits)

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Graduation Fees

Graduation Application Fee $ 100.00
Transfer Credit Fee
(for credits transferred to Acellus Academy)
$   15.00 / credit unit

Graduation fees are due with the submission of a graduation application and must be remitted before a diploma can be issued.

CREDIT REQUIREMENTS – STANDARD HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA:

Acellus Academy’s standard high school graduation requirement 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 junior college or directly enter the workforce after high school.

Subject Area Credit Requirement
English Language Arts (Core)

Course Options:

  • English I (1.0)
  • English II (1.0)
  • English III (1.0)
  • English IV – College Prep (1.0)
  • English IV – British Literature (1.0)
  • AP English Literature and Composition (1.0)
  • AP English Language and Composition (1.0)
4.0 Credits
History/Social Studies (Core)

Required:

  • US History A (0.5) & US History B (0.5)
  • World History I (0.5) & World History II (0.5)
  • US Government (0.5)

Additional Course Options:

  • Geography (0.5)
  • Economics (0.5)
  • Psychology (0.5)
  • AP US History (1.0)
  • AP Psychology (1.0)
  • Epic Moments in World History (0.5)
3.0 Credits
Mathematics (Core)

Required:

  • Algebra I (1.0) – OR – Advanced Algebra I (1.0)

Additional Course Options:

  • FUNdamental Math (1.0)
  • Geometry (1.0)
  • Algebra II (1.0)
  • Trigonometry (0.5)
  • College Exam Math Prep (0.5)
  • Pre-Calculus (1.0)
  • AP Calculus AB (1.0)
  • AP Calculus BC (1.0)
  • AP Statistics (1.0)
3.0 Credits
Science (Core)

Course Options:

  • Physical Science (1.0)
  • General Biology (1.0) or Honors Biology (1.0)
  • General Chemistry (1.0) or Honors Chemistry (1.0)
  • General Physics (1.0) or Honors Physics (1.0)
  • AP Biology (1.0)
  • AP Chemistry (1.0)
  • AP Environmental Science (1.0)
  • AP Physics I (1.0)
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts

Course Options:

  • Music Appreciation (1.0)
  • AP Music Theory (1.0)
  • AP Studio Art – Drawing (1.0)
1.0 Credit
Health Education

  • High School Health (0.5)
0.5 Credit
Physical Education

  • ESP for High School (1.0)
1.0 Credit
Personal Finance

  • Personal Finance (0.5)
0.5 Credit
Practical Arts

Course Options:

  • AP Computer Science A (1.0)
  • Business Management (1.0)
  • Electrical Technology I (1.0)
  • Electrical Technology II (1.0)
  • HVAC-R I (1.0)
  • HVAC-R II (1.0)
  • Info Management I (1.0)
  • Info Management II (1.0)
  • Medical Terminology (1.0)
  • Plumbing Technology I (1.0)
  • Plumbing Technology II (1.0)
  • Intro to Accounting (1.0)
  • Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance (1.0)
  • Investigating Careers (1.0)
  • College & Career Readiness (1.0)
  • Instructional Standards in Education and Training (1.0)
  • Mastering Microsoft Excel (1.0)
1.0 Credit
Electives

High school courses from any subject area may be used to fulfill the electives requirement, including foreign languages.

7.0 Credits
TOTAL: 24.0 Credits

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CREDIT REQUIREMENTS – HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION WITH HONORS:

Acellus Academy’s High School Graduation with Honors pathway is recommended for students that plan to apply to competitive four-year colleges with stringent admissions requirements.

Subject Area Credit Requirement
English Language Arts (Core)

Course Options:

  • English I (1.0)
  • English II (1.0)
  • English III (1.0)
  • English IV – College Prep (1.0)
  • English IV – British Literature (1.0)
  • AP English Literature and Composition (1.0)
  • AP English Language and Composition (1.0)
4.0 Credits
History/Social Studies (Core)

Required:

  • US History A (0.5) & US History B (0.5)
  • World History I (0.5) & World History II (0.5)
  • US Government (0.5)
  • Geography (0.5)

Additional Course Options:

  • Economics (0.5)
  • Psychology (0.5)
  • AP US History (1.0)
  • AP Psychology (1.0)
  • Epic Moments in World History (0.5)
3.0 Credits
Mathematics (Core)

Required:

  • Algebra I (1.0) – OR – Advanced Algebra I (1.0)
  • Geometry (1.0)
  • Algebra II (1.0)

Additional Course Options:

  • Trigonometry (0.5)
  • College Exam Math Prep (0.5)
  • Pre-Calculus (1.0)
  • AP Calculus AB (1.0)
  • AP Calculus BC (1.0)
  • AP Statistics (1.0)
4.0 Credits
Science (Core)

Course Options:

  • General Biology (1.0) or Honors Biology (1.0)
  • General Chemistry (1.0) or Honors Chemistry (1.0)
  • General Physics (1.0) or Honors Physics (1.0)
  • AP Biology (1.0)
  • AP Chemistry (1.0)
  • AP Environmental Science (1.0)
  • AP Physics I (1.0)

Honors or AP level courses are recommended for this pathway.

3.0 Credits
Fine Arts

Course Options:

  • Music Appreciation (1.0)
  • AP Music Theory (1.0)
  • AP Studio Art – Drawing (1.0)
1.0 Credit
Language Other Than English

Course Options:

  • German I
  • German II
  • French I
  • French II (course still under development)
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Discover Spanish

Two credit units of a single foreign language are strongly recommended.

2.0 Credits
Health Education

  • High School Health (0.5)
0.5 Credit
Physical Education

  • ESP for High School (1.0)
1.0 Credit
Personal Finance

  • Personal Finance (0.5)
0.5 Credit
Practical Arts

Course Options:

  • AP Computer Science A (1.0)
  • Business Management (1.0)
  • Electrical Technology I (1.0)
  • Electrical Technology II (1.0)
  • HVAC-R I (1.0)
  • HVAC-R II (1.0)
  • Info Management I (1.0)
  • Info Management II (1.0)
  • Medical Terminology (1.0)
  • Plumbing Technology I (1.0)
  • Plumbing Technology II (1.0)
  • Intro to Accounting (1.0)
  • Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance (1.0)
  • Investigating Careers (1.0)
  • College & Career Readiness (1.0)
  • Instructional Standards in Education and Training (1.0)
  • Mastering Microsoft Excel (1.0)
1.0 Credit
Electives

Required:

  • At least 1.0 credit within a core content area

High school courses from any subject area may be used to fulfill the electives requirement, including foreign languages.

6.0 Credits
TOTAL: 26.0 Credits

Note: To qualify for graduation with honors, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

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APPLYING FOR GRADUATION:

Upon completion of the graduation requirements, students must submit the High School Graduation Application: http://www.acellusacademy.com/graduation/

This form collects information regarding the credits completed and must be electronically signed by the student and a parent. Upon submission of the form, instructions will be provided for remitting the graduation fees.