Graduation Requirements

Requirements for graduation from an accredited school in Kansas are governed by the State Department of Education and the local Board of Education. All students will need a total of 25 units in order to graduate.  Students must meet all requirements for graduation in order to participate in Commencement Exercises. (Exchange students are exempt.) USD 220 will not accept G.E.D. completion or unapproved online classes in exchange for an Ashland High School diploma. 

 - English Language Arts- 4 Units

 - Social Science - 3 Units (World History, American History, Government are required) 

 - Laboratory Science - 3 Units (Physical Science and Biology are required) 

 - Mathematics - 3 Units 

 - Physical Education with Health - 1 Unit

 - Fine Arts - 1 Unit

 - Career Technical Education (CTE) - 1 Unit

 - Electives - 9 Units 

KANSAS SCHOLARS CURRICULUM:  *Required to qualify for Valedictorian or Salutatorian.

English Language Arts - 4 years 

 - Mathematics - 4 years 
Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and one unit of advanced mathematics-- suggested courses include: Analytic Geometry, Trigonometry, Advanced Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Functions or Calculus. Completion of Algebra I in 8th grade is acceptable for the Kansas Scholars Curriculum, but 4 years of mathematics in High School is still required.

 - Science - 4 years 
Must include Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  

Social Studies - 3.5 years
Must include 1 unit of World History, 1 unit of American History, 1 unit of American Government and 1/2  unit selected from: Psychology, Economics, Current Social Issues, Sociology, Anthropology, and Race and Ethnic Group Relations.

Foreign Language - 2 years
Two years of one language.  Latin and American Sign Language are accepted.

*Must also meet the other requirements for General Diploma including Fine Arts, CTE, and PE/Health. 


Students wishing to pursue a secondary education in one of Kansas's public universities need to meet these requirements for automatic admission: Kansas Qualified Admissions.pdf. It is important to note that if a student does not meet these requirements, they may still be eligible for admission into the school of their choice and should contact that school directly for additional admissions criteria or options. 

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