Graduation Requirements

Discipline Requirement Comment



One credit for each year

Social Studies 3

All 9th and 10th graders must take a SS course

US citizens must complete one credit of US History



All 9th and 10th graders must take a math course



Must include Physics, Biology and Chemistry

All 9th graders take physics; all 10th graders take Biology



9th grade PE is a year-long course; Grades 10, 11, 12 must have at least one semester of PE each year; Health is a one semester course and must be taken during Grade 10.

World Language


Two consecutive years of the same world language

Seminar 0.5 All students must take Project, Portfolio, Presentation or AP Seminar 

Fine Arts/

Performing Arts


1 of each for a total of 3  

Student Choice





Required to receive an ACS diploma

Each semester course at ACS is equal to 0.5 credit (½ Carnegie Unit), awarded at the end of each semester. High school students are required to register for eight (8) credits each school year. Students enrolled in two or more on-campus AP courses may enroll in seven (7) credit courses and one non-credit study hall. Due to the fact that a study hall is an independent time and requires a student to be trusted to use the time wisely, students who have a GPA of 3.0 or lower and/or have a behavioral referral on record will be unable to utilize this option.  Students cannot earn more than four credits per semester.

In order to graduate with an ACS High School Diploma, students are required to have completed four (4) years of high school, including the completion of twelfth grade at ACS.

In addition, students are expected to perform community service annually.  Students submit their hours, and recognition is given at the end-of-year assembly.