Graduation Requirements

Credit Requirements

                                  Semester Classes

Credit Requirements                      Number of Semesters

Arts                                                            2

Electives                                                  13

English Language Arts                              8

Math                                                          6

PE/Health                                                  2

Science                                                      6

Social Studies                                            7

            Total                                             44


Standardized Testing Requirements

The State of Minnesota is currently revising its graduation assessment requirements. Students are currently required to take Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments in reading (grade 10) and math (grade 11). Students are not required to achieve a specified score on an assessment in order to meet graduation assessment requirements. The Minnesota Department of Education is currently developing a College and Career Readiness Assessment. In the interim, Lakeville High Schools will continue to provide assessments as directed by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Career Portfolio Requirements

Minnesota Department of Education requires all school districts to participate in Planning for Students Successful Transition to Postsecondary and Employment. Legislation requires all students, starting in grade nine to have a “plan” around seven key elements: academic scheduling, career exploration, 21st century skills, community partnerships, college access, all forms of postsecondary training, and experiential learning opportunities.

The Lakeville Area Public Schools Career Portfolio requires each student to complete specific career investigation activities in grades 9 – 12.  The sequence of activities is intended to provide a comprehensive experience in career exploration enabling students to pursue a lifelong career which best matches their talents, abilities, and interests. Students create a portfolio on the Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS), an Internet-based system, which combines a wealth of career, educational and labor market information into one comprehensive, easy-to-use exploration tool.


Grade 9

Opportunities Day: MCIS Personal Learning Plan and elective fair


Grade 10

Opportunities Day: MCIS activities including career investigation seminar and on-site college and career fair


Grade 11

ASVAB TestMultiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success (LNHS)

Opportunities Day: Post-secondary visits to technical schools, colleges, academies, universities or business/industry

Career Jamboree: Investigation of career areas via interviews with professional and business representatives. Organized by the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce.

Junior Meeting: Post-secondary planning meeting


Grade 12

Opportunities Day: Senior job shadow designed for students to gain valuable information about chosen career area

Senior Interview: Provides the student an opportunity to refine interviewing skills


Early Graduation

Students may be considered for early graduation if they have successfully met all requirements, including Lakeville High School credit requirements, State of Minnesota testing requirements, and Career Portfolio requirements. Students considering early graduation should meet with their Dean of Students or the LinK12Lakeville Online Lead Teacher well in advance of their proposed semester of early graduation to discuss options and procedures.



Students who have not fulfilled all graduation requirements are not eligible to participate in the ISD 194 commencement ceremony.

Senior academic honors recognition is awarded according to the following criteria:

Summa Cum Laude               =                     4.0 and above GPA

Magna Cum Laude                 =                    3.85 – 3.99 GPA

Cum Laude                             =                    3.7 – 3.84 GPA

Honors recognition will be determined by using the cumulative GPA for each senior at the end of the first semester senior year.


Lakeville Diploma

Students who choose to take more than 50% of their classes through LinK12 Lakeville Online will earn a diploma from Lakeville North or Lakeville South High School. The school from which the diploma is earned is predetermined when a student enters the LinK12 Lakeville Online program.


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