Graduation Requirements

To meet graduation requirements, students must complete the minimum credits in the Henry Sibley program and pass GRAD Rule as listed below. The required subject table below should be viewed as a minimum. Students may need to take additional course work in selected areas to meet the standards and to meet their educational goals beyond high school. 

Credit Requirements 

State Assessment Requirements 

Required Subjects:

Language Arts = 4 credits
Social Studies = 4 credits
Science* = 3 credits
Mathematics** = 3 credits
Physical  Education = 1 credit
Health = ½ credit
Art*** = 1  credit
Electives = 6 ½ credits
         
Minimum Total = 23 credits

One semester course = 0.5 credit
One full year course = 1.0 credit

Class of 2019:

All students will take the ACT with writing as a required assessment during the state administration date (or make-up date) of the exam. Students who are unable to take the ACT can meet graduation requirements through one of the following alternate pathways:

  • Writing - pass the GRAD writing test
  • Math - be deemed proficient on the MCA test in math and if not, take the Accuplacer in accordance with the alternative assessment provision
  • Reading - be deemed proficient on the MCA test in reading and if not, take the Accuplacer in accordance with the alternative assessment provision

Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022:

All students will take the ACT with writing as a required assessment during the state administration date (or make-up date) of the exam. Students will also take Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) in reading, science, and mathematics.


*District 197 requires 3 credits of science courses to graduate from Henry Sibley High School including one full year of Physical Science 9, one full year of Biology, and one full year of either Chemistry or Physics.

**District 197 requires 3 credits of math courses to graduate from Henry Sibley High School. Intermediate Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra are required by the State of Minnesota.

***The arts can be selected from five areas of visual arts, music, theatre, dance, or media arts.  Courses at HSHS meeting this requirement are:

  • All courses in the Music and Art Department
  • 0113   Acting
  • 0154   Creative Writing
  • 0565   Introduction to Photography
  • 0566   Advanced Photography
  • 0501   Clothing I
  • 0504   Clothing II
  • 0515   Housing and Interior Design