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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Credits for College and Career Readiness

Total Required Graduation Credits: 86

SPPS Graduation Board Policy 510.00

Starting with the graduating class of 2022, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) will require 86 total credits to graduate from high school. This change aligns with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) graduation requirements as well as many Minnesota school districts, and supports the district’s aligned secondary schedules that go into effect next year (2022-23). This change does not impact the number of core credits needed for graduation. However, it does change the number of elective credits that students need to graduate to 20 credits. Students can and will be encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities beyond the minimum number of 20 elective credits. Read more.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the principal or counselor at your high school.

Graduation Credit Requirements for Classes of 2022-2024

Graduation Credits Required
by Minnesota Department of Education and Saint Paul Public Schools

English Language Arts (16 credits)
4 credits per year x 4 years

  • 1 year of English 9
  • 1 year of English 10
  • 1 year of English 11
  • 1 year of English 12 

Social Studies (16 credits)

  • 1 Year of World History
  • 1 Year of Human Geography
  • 1 Year of U.S. History
  • 1 Semester of Government
  • 1 Semester of Economics 

Math (12 credits)
4 credits per year x 3 years

  • 3 full years of mathematics, to include content from Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or beyond 

Science (12 credits)
4 credits per year x 3 years

  • 1 Year of Science
  • 1 Year of Biology
  • 1 Year of Chemistry or Physics  

Arts (4 total credits)

  • 2 Semesters of Performing or Visual Arts  

Physical Education (2 total credits)

  • 1 Semester of Physical Education  

Health (2 total credits)

  • 1 Semester of Health, Ind & Community  

Career & Technical Education(2 total credits)

  • 1 Semester of a Career and Technical Education course 

Electives (20 total credits over 4 years)

Recommended Elective Credits for College and Career Readiness

Math (4 credits)
4 credits x 1 year  

  • Additional coursework in math is encouraged and required for many colleges and career training programs.  

Science (4 credits)
4 credits x 1 year  

  • Additional coursework in science is encouraged and required for many colleges and career training programs.  

Indigenous or World Language (8 credits)
4 credits x 2 years
OR  Achievement of the World Language Proficiency Certificate or the Seal of Biliteracy (Gold or Platinum)

  • There is no MDE requirement for Indigenous or world language, however, many colleges require at least two years of an Indigenous or world language. 

Assessment

According to the Minnesota Department of Education (January 18, 2018), “Districts have a number of requirements  to fulfill for students’ career and college planning for students first enrolled in grade eight in 2012-13 and later. This includes offering students in grades 11 and 12 an opportunity to participate in a nationally recognized college entrance exam (ACT or SAT) on a school day.” SPPS currently offers a school day ACT in the spring of each school year. 

Graduation Credit Requirements for Classes of 2025

Graduation Credits Required
by Minnesota Department of Education and Saint Paul Public Schools

English Language Arts (16 credits)
4 credits per year x 4 years

  • 1 year of English 9
  • 1 year of English 10
  • 1 year of English 11
  • 1 year of English 12 

Social Studies (14 credits)

  • 1 Year of World History
  • 1 Semester of Human Geography
  • 1 Year of U.S. History
  • 1 Semester of Government
  • 1 Semester of Economics 

Math (12 credits)
4 credits per year x 3 years

  • 3 full years of mathematics, to include content from Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or beyond 

Science (12 credits)
4 credits per year x 3 years

  • 1 Year of Science
  • 1 Year of Biology
  • 1 Year of Chemistry or Physics  

Arts (4 total credits)

  • 2 Semesters of Performing or Visual Arts  

Physical Education (2 total credits)

  • 1 Semester of Physical Education  

Health (2 total credits)

  • 1 Semester of Health, Ind & Community  

Career & Technical Education(2 total credits)

  • 1 Semester of a Career and Technical Education course 

Critical Ethnic Studies (2 total credits)

  • 1 Semester of Critical Ethnic Studies 

Electives (20 total credits over 4 years)

Recommended Elective Credits for College and Career Readiness

Math (4 credits)
4 credits x 1 year  

  • Additional coursework in math is encouraged and required for many colleges and career training programs.  

Science (4 credits)
4 credits x 1 year  

  • Additional coursework in science is encouraged and required for many colleges and career training programs.  

Indigenous or World Language (8 credits)
4 credits x 2 years
OR  Achievement of the World Language Proficiency Certificate or the Seal of Biliteracy (Gold or Platinum)

  • There is no MDE requirement for Indigenous or world language, however, many colleges require at least two years of an Indigenous or world language. 

Assessment

According to the Minnesota Department of Education (January 18, 2018), “Districts have a number of requirements  to fulfill for students’ career and college planning for students first enrolled in grade eight in 2012-13 and later. This includes offering students in grades 11 and 12 an opportunity to participate in a nationally recognized college entrance exam (ACT or SAT) on a school day.” SPPS currently offers a school day ACT in the spring of each school year.