The K-12 Minnesota Academic Standards are required for students in kindergarten through grade 12 in the following subject areas: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and the arts. School districts must develop local standards for health and physical education, vocational and technical education, and world languages. State graduation requirements are based upon these standards; however, local districts may have additional requirements for graduation. Notification of what a student must complete for graduation must be provided to students as they enter grade 9.
Legislation passed in 2007 changed the course credit graduation requirements for Minnesota students. Students must now complete 21.5 course credits in grades 9-12. The required credits are as follows:
*Encompassing means that the student must receive instruction on these topics. It does not mean he/she must take a course titled geometry, for instance, if the geometry content is taught in another course.
*A course credit is the equivalent to a student successfully completing an academic year of study or a student mastering the applicable subject matter as determined by the school district.
Planning to continue your education past high school? Check out the Postsecondary Expectations and Minnesota Graduation Requirements chart in the link below for a list of how Minnesota's high school requirements stack up against what postsecondary colleges and institutions are looking for in their applicants. National research-based recommendations are also included for comparison purposes.