Graduation Requirements

Middle School

Middle School promotion requires students to successfully complete at least five classes each year.

High School

To graduate from Southwestern Academy, students are required to complete the following, with five credits earned each semester in each class:

History and Social Studies30 credits with 10 credits required in U.S. History, 10 in World Cultures/Geography, 5 in U.S. Government, 5 in Economics.
English40 credits, including at least a year of literature. All students must take an English class each semester, even if 40 credits have been earned already. All English classes will include frequent writing and the reading of literature. (ESL 3 with minimum A/B grade in Reading 3 and Writing 3 may substitute for English I.)
Mathematics30 credits required, 40 preferred, including a minimum elementary and advanced algebra, and geometry.
Laboratory Sciences20 credits required, 30 preferred, in lab science in at least two areas: biology, chemistry, physics.
A Language Other
Than English
20 credits of the same language; 30 credits preferred.
Visual &
Performing Arts
10 credits taken in one year in the same discipline of music, or visual art, or drama/theater.
Electives50 credits minimum, of which at least 10 must be college preparatory courses.
Physical Education40 credits, 10 a year. (Other physical activities may be substituted IF a student has obtained permission IN ADVANCE from the director of athletics, and if the student submits certification of the activity by the end of the semester.)
Community Service100 hours
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