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High School

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Wayzata High School diploma, students must complete requirements in two (2) areas:
1. A student must have earned sixty (60) credits in Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, with a distribution of coursework thatmeets the standards established by the Wayzata School Board and which meets Minnesota State standards, including:
Graduates of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Course of Study Credits
* Communications 8
* Social Studies 8
** Science 8
** Mathematics 8
Arts 2
* Physical Education 2
Health 1
Required 37
Electives 23
Total 60
* Specific courses are required as part of total credits.
** Science requirements can be fulfilled by: ** Math requirements can be fulfilled by:
  8 Science credits
  8 Math credits
  7 Science credits and 1 STEM credit
  7 Math credits and 1 STEM credit
  6 Science credits and 2 STEM credits
  6 Math credits and 2 STEM credits
STEM courses are designed to dramatically increase student interest in, and preparation for, careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
 
Courses that satisfy the STEM designation will be identified by the acronym STEM after the course number.
 
2. Starting with the graduating class of 2010, students will be required to pass the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA-II) state tests.
 
Early Graduation Requirements
Students who wish to graduate early must contact their counselor to work out the details. These students will be expected to meet all graduation requirements. A written contract will be established and must be signed by the student, parent/guardian, and counselor. This should be completed before the end of the junior year. A student may not earn more than sixteen (16) credits per school year to accelerate graduation.
 
Credit Recovery
Students who are unable to successfully complete all their course work should work with their counselors to develop individualized plans to recover credits and earn their diplomas. Students can do make-up credit courses through independent study during the school year and through summer programs. A student who is short credits may not earn more than twenty-four (24) credits in one academic year.
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