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Curriculum Guide

Career Academy - College Courses in High School

Interested in taking college courses and getting high school AND college credit for them? Get all the facts about courses available and Career and Technical Education courses where tuition is paid and transportation is provided by clicking HERE!

Graduation Requirements

Twenty-four units are required for graduation.

  1. Four units of language arts. (English I, English II, English III, and English IV.)
  2. Three units of social studies. (Must include 1 unit of American history and one-half unit of American government.)
  3. Three units of science. Must include Physical Science and Biology I or an equivalency as determined by building principal.  Certain CTE classes may count as the third science.
  4. Either 4 units of math, one of which needs to be taken in the senior year, OR three units of math with a Math ACT score of 22 obtained before enrollment of senior year.
  5. One-half unit of health and one-half unit of physical education.
  6. One unit of fine arts.  (Band, Choir, Drama, or Art)
  7. One unit of career education.
  8. One-half unit of personal financial literacy. 

Qualified Admissions

Qualified Admissions (QA) Requirements (for admission to Kansas Regent Schools - University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University, and Wichita State University).

Meeting QA means that a student will be automatically accepted if he applies to any of the universities listed above.

If you graduate in 2014 or sooner, you must meet ONE of the following:

  1. Complete Curriculum with a 2.0 GPA in these specific classes 4.0 units of English (same as SHS graduation requirements). 3.0 units of Math completed in high school (math taken in junior high will not count) 3.0 units of Science (one credit must be in either Chemistry or Physics) 3.0 units of Social Studies (same as SHS graduation requirements) 3.0 units of Approved Electives.
  2. Graduate in top 1/3 of graduating class.
  3. Earn 21 or higher ACT composite.

If you graduate in 2015 or later, you must

  1. Earn at least 2.0 GPA in the QA curriculum (same as listed above) AND
  2. Achieve ONE of the following:

                   a. ACT score of 21 or higher OR

                   b. SAT score of 980 or higher OR

                   c. Graduate in the top 1/3 of your class AND

      3.  Earn a 2.0 or higher GPA on any college credit taken while in high school (college classes are not required).

Kansas Scholars Curriculum

Kansas Scholars Curriculum is the list of courses that has been determined to prepare students best for success at any college or university.

  • 4.0 units of English
  • 4.0 units of Math (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and one unit of advanced mathematics)
  • 3.0 units of Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, )
  • 3.0 units of Social Studies (same as SHS)
  • 2.0 units of Foreign Language (must be same language)

Guidelines for Early Graduation

The current State Board of Education graduation requirements will constitute the basic requirements for graduation from the high school of U.S.D. 509. In addition, a student must complete the additional requirements as outlined in the Student Handbook and this policy as listed below. If all of the requirements are met, a student may graduate early.

  1. Students who are less than 18 years old must have signed parent(s) consent to graduate early.
  2. Credit for graduation is awarded to the student only at the conclusion of a semester. No partial credit will be awarded to students during the middle of a semester.
  3. Student must be a student in good standing.
  4. Student must notify the building principal and receive Board approval with an approved graduation plan.
  5. Once a student graduates they will no longer be classified as a student for attendance or participation in school activities. (ex. Senior concession stand, senior trip, or Junior/Senior prom.)
  6. Graduates will have the option to participate in May Graduation Ceremonies. His/her picture will be included on the class panel.