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Graduation Requirements 2023/2024

Twenty-five credits (twenty-seven and a half starting with the class of 2025) credits are required for graduation for Loyal High School classes of 2023 and 2024.

Required courses/credits include:

  • Four years of English=4 Credits
    • English 9 (1 credit)
    • English 10 (1 credit)
    • 2 Junior English Selections (1/2 credit each)
    • 2 Senior English Selections (1/2 credit each)
    • NOTE: Juniors who wish to fulfil their senior English requirements with higher education courses must take the 1-credit College-Prep English course in their junior year
    • 1/2 credit of English must be taken during the senior year
  • Three years of Mathematics=3 Credits
    • Algebra (1 credit)
    • Geometry (1 credit)
    • Intermediate Algebra (1 credit)
    • NOTE: 1/2 credit may be earned in Algebra Basics with teacher permission
  • Three years of Science= 3 Credits
    • Integrated Science or Biology in grade 9 (1 credit)
    • Biology (if not taken in grade 9) (1 credit)
    • One more Science credit
    • NOTE: students are encouraged to take General Chemistry (1 credit)
  • Three years of Social Studies=3 Credits
    • American History (1 credit)
    • Political Science (1/2 credit)
    • 3 Social Studies selections (1/2 credit each)
  • Three terms of Physical Education=1½ Credits
    • Phy Ed 9 (1/2 credit)
    • 2 Phy Ed selections (1/2 credit each)
  • Co-Health (1/2 credit)
  • Computer Applications (1/2 credit)
  • Personal Finance (1 credit)
    • Personal Finance
    • Finance and Investing (starting with the class of 2025)
  • All other credits will be earned by selecting elective course options.  Please see the Loyal High School Course Description Book and the CWETN Course Description Book.
  • Eight credits of music may apply toward graduation.

Click HERE (class of 2023 and 2024) and HERE (class of 2025 forward) for a sample FOUR-YEAR plan, which lists all required courses for graduation.

*Classes approved for the third credit/year of Mathematics and Science at Loyal High School will apply toward the credit requirements to graduate from Loyal High School.  However, these classes may not be accepted as math/science credit at other secondary schools or post-secondary institutions.  Please consider this as you select your third Mathematics and third Science credits.

*Basic Algebra and Technical Math can each count as 1/2 credits of Mathematics toward LHS graduation.

*Animal Science can count as ½ credit of Science toward LHS graduation.

*Horticulture can count as ½ credit of Science toward LHS graduation.

Foreign Language--2 years of foreign language are recommended, but not required for graduation.  UW Madison requires students have 2 years of a foreign language for acceptance.