Kentucky’s High School Graduation Requirements

Kentucky’s graduation requirements are the minimum of what colleges want.

22 credits are the minimum required to graduate, and 24 are needed for the college prep track.

  • Language Arts – 4 credits
  • Mathematics – 3 credits, including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II (Please note that a mathematics course must be taken each year of high school. Read more on the link above.)
  • Social Studies – 3 credits
  • Science – 3 credits, including at least one lab course
  • Health – 1/2 credit (Asbury University has a one hour Theory of Wellness class that satisfies this. Seniors can take it for free.)
  • Physical Education – 1/2 credit
  • History/Appreciation of the Arts – 1 credit (Music, Art, Dance, etc. with history included.)
  • Technology – The student must demonstrate competence. (So your student needs to be able to work a word processor and a spreadsheet on a computer. He/she should know how to check email and generally know how to use the web.)
  • Academic & Career Interest Electives – 7 hours (Colleges like to see academic electives, like a fourth year of science and math.)
  • Foreign Language – 2 credits of the same language for college prep study.

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