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Graduation Requirements

How many credits do I need to earn a diploma from MMSD?

Typically, students need 22 credits to earn an MMSD diploma: The exact number of credits needed depends on the type of schedule at your high school and whether you only attend high school in MMSD or transfer into MMSD, sometime during your high school experience, from another school district.

Below you will find the number of credits you need for graduation.

Student Graduating

9th-12th grade at East, West, Memorial or Shabazz (all have a 7-period day schedule).

22 credits

LaFollette Students (due to recent changes in the LHS schedule)

Class of 2021- 24 credits

Class of 2022- 23 credits

Class of 2023 and beyond - 22 credits

11h - 12th graders having spent 1-2 years at La Follette and the remainder at East, West or Memorial

24-26 credits (see your counselor)

9th - 12th grade at Capital

Graduation by portfolio

12th grade at an MMSD high school but spent some time in 9th-12th grade at a school outside of MMSD

Credits needed vary (see your school counselor)

What Specific Courses Do I Need to Earn my MMSD diploma? 

Because of recent revisions to our graduation requirements (Summer 2016), the specific courses that you need to earn a diploma from MMSD varies depending on your grade level. Some variation may also exist for students receiving Special Education services based on their Individualized Education Plan. Please see the information below for more details.

Class of 2021 and beyond

  • English - 4 credits (Including successful completion of English 1 & 2)
  • Math - 3 credits (Including coursework in algebraic and geometric concepts)
  • Science - 3 credits (Including coursework in biological and physical sciences)
  • Social Studies - 3 credits (Including successful completion of US History and a semester of Modern US History)
  • Additional Requirements - 1.5 credits PE, .5 credit Health, Civics Exam (65% or higher), 1 credit of Humanities (e.g., Art, Theater, Music, World Language, etc.), successful completion of a course that incorporates financial literacy or consumer education

How do I know if I am on track to graduate on time?  

It is essential that you monitor your credits to ensure that you are on track to graduate on time. You can do this by viewing your unofficial transcript in Infinite Campus (under Documents). It is recommended that you audit your transcript after each semester to ensure that it is accurate. This Reviewing Your High School Transcript tip sheet will help you know what to look for. Your school counselor is an excellent resource for additional support.

School Profiles

School profiles are an important tool in the college admission process. These are used by College Admissions Represenatives. They allow secondary schools to highlight the things that make them unique while helping college admission professionals better understand each school’s student body and academic offerings.

Capital High School Profile (Coming Soon) 

East High School Profile

La Follette High School Profile

Memorial High School Profile

Shabazz City High School Profile

West High School Profile