Graduation Requirements

  • Classes of 2020 and 2021

    The minimum requirement for an Olathe high school diploma is 24 credits. Depending on the course and the nature of course delivery, units of credit will be awarded in increments of one full (1.0) or one-half (.5) credit. The 24 credits required for graduation include:

    • English — four credits
    • Applied Communication — one credit
    • Social Studies — three credits required
      • Modern World History (one credit, ninth grade)
      • U.S. History (one credit, junior year)
      • U.S. Government (one-half credit, senior year)
      • Social Studies elective (one-half credit all four years)
    • Math — three credits
    • Science — three credits required
      • Life Science (one credit)
      • Physical Science (one credit)
      • Science elective (one credit)
    • Physical Education — one credit
    • Fine Arts — one credit
    • Practical and consumer studies — one credit
    • Technology — one credit
    • Electives — six credits

    Additional information describing specific classes and graduation requirements is included in the high school Program Planning Guide (PPG) available on this website and from high school counselors.

    Class of 2022 and Beyond

    All of the above graduation requirements remain the same EXCEPT:

    • Change from one credit technology requirement to one-half technology requirement
    • Addition of one-half credit Consumer and Personal Finance Class, which can be taken any time during high school

    Students must meet Olathe graduation requirements to be eligible to participate in the graduation exercises. Exception: Seniors who transfer from other school districts and who have been on track to meet graduation requirements in their former school, but cannot meet the 24 Olathe unit requirement, will be allowed to graduate with their class. The transfer student must meet the minimum requirements of the Kansas Department of Education.

    Students should be advised that any credit earned after their eighth-grade year will be counted as senior high credit and will be on the high school transcript. An example is driver education.

    The weighted grading system will be used to determine all Olathe student honors and distinctions.

    Board of Regents — Qualified Admissions Curriculum

    Qualified Admissions (QA) are a set of standards used by the six state universities to review applicants for undergraduate admission. The universities using QA are Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Kansas State, Pittsburg State, University of Kansas, and Wichita State. These standards are set by the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing body for the state universities. Students graduating from an accredited Kansas high school and under the age of 21 must:

    • Complete this Qualified Admissions curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA
    • Achieve one of the following
      • Earn an ACT composite of 21 OR
      • Earn an SAT score of 980 or higher OR
      • Rank in the top one-third of their graduating class
    • Achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher on any college credit taken in high school and students must meet the ACT college readiness math benchmark (22 on ACT math subtest) OR four years of high school math approved units, with one taken in the graduating year.

    To qualify for admission to The University of Kansas as freshmen, students graduating from an accredited high school in Kansas must meet the following requirements:

    • 2.0 GPA or higher in the Qualified Admissions curriculum AND
    • 3.0 GPA or higher and 24 or higher on the ACT (1160 or higher on the SAT) OR
    • 3.25 GPA or higher and 21 or higher on the ACT (1060 SAT)

    If applicable, achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher on any college credit taken in high school. Please note: District courses approved for Qualified Admissions curriculum are coded for English, math, science and social science in the high school planning guide.

    Details of the Qualified Admissions Curriculum

    See the program planning guide for course titles in these requirements.

    • English — four approved credits of English, one unit taken each year of high school
    • Natural Science — three approved credits, one unit must be Chemistry or Physics
    • Math — three approved credits
    • Social Science — three approved credits
    • Electives — three approved credits

    Board of Regents — Kansas Scholars Curriculum

    This is a state-sponsored scholarship program. Names of students who complete this curriculum are sent to the Board of Regents along with the student’s GPA. The Board determines the State Scholars; these are the students who can apply for the following need-based scholarships: Kansas State Scholar Scholarship, Nursing Scholarship, Teaching Scholarship, Minority Scholarhip. These scholarships range from $50–$1,000 and must be used at a Kansas college or university. To be considered as a scholar, this curriculum must be met:

    • 4 credits of English
    • 3 credits of Social Studies
    • 4 credits of Math, must begin with Algebra 1 or higher class
    • 3 credits of Science – must be biology, chemistry, and physics
    • 2 credits of World Language – must be the same language and must be taken while in high school