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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

CMA School of Arts and Sciences is an accredited registered private school in the state of Oregon. All graduates are required to meet the graduation requirements and standards set forth by our accreditation through WASC. All students must be full‐time at time of graduation and have been on a full-time enrollment/tuition plan at least one semester leading up to his/her graduation date.

WASC Policies and Procedures outline certain requirements that all institutions must meet in order to be in compliance and maintain accreditation. One of these assurances requires that all students graduating from member schools complete at least 25% of the courses required for graduation at the institution. Thus, students are required to complete a minimum of 5 credits through CMASAS in order to be eligible for a high school diploma through CMASAS.

While we understand that not all students have the same path and that there are valid reasons for transferring to a school with less then 5 credits remaining for graduation, we must adhere to the policies set forth by WASCto maintain our accreditation. We have created an enrollment plan forstudents needing to transfer who need less then 6 credits to graduate. Please view our Senior Year Only plan on our Silver Level Tuition page for more details.

We recognize that while many will pursue a college education, others may forego the college experience to pursue and fulfill their life's dream whether that be theater, pro sports, musical performance or other ambitions. CMASAS provides multiple pathsfor individual goals!

Our Graduation Requirements have been designed to meet and exceed Oregon State Department of Education requirementsso thatstudentsreceive a rigorous college‐prep, yet balanced education while maintaining the flexibility to meet individual student goalsfor life after graduation.

  • Standard: a student meeting CMA School of Arts and Sciences' graduation requirements will earn a high school diploma. This option may not meet the minimum college entrance requirements but fulfills the minimum credit and course requirement from CMASAS. Students may still meet minimum college entrance requirements if the correct courses are taken to receive the Standard Diploma, but must work closely with the School Counselor to be sure they meet college entrance requirements if choosing this diploma.
  • College Prep: students planning on attending a four-year college or university need to review each potential university's entrance requirements and to carefully select a course of study to meet those requirements. Overall, however, this diploma path should allow the majority of students to meet most four-year college/universities minimum entrance requirements.
  Minimum CMASAS Graduation Requirements (Standard Diploma) Minimium CMASAS Graduation Requirements (College Prep Diploma) Minimum Requirements for Public, Four-Year Colleges & Universities Recommended Courses for Highly-Selective Colleges & Universities
English 4 credits 4 credits
Include balanced program of literature, writing, and speech/communication.
4 credits
3 credits in composition and literature: recommend both American and World literature (including British literature). 
4 credits
3 credits in composition and literature: recommend both American and World literature (including British literature).  
Mathematics 3 credits 
Include Algebra I or higher.
3 credits 
Include Algebra I or higher.
3 credits 
Through Algebra II or higher.
3 credits 
Through Pre-Calculus or higher.
Science

3 credits
Must include both a physical and a life science credit.

3 credits
Must include both a physical and a life science credit; must include at least two labs
3 credits
Two credits lab science, 1 credit physical and 1 credits life. At lesat one of the following: biology, chemistry, or physics
3 credits
Include both 1 credit physical lab science (physics and/or chemistry), and 1 credit life lab science (biology).
Social Studies 3 credits
1 credit world history, 1 credit U.S. history, 0.5 credit economics, and 0.5 credit government or civics.
3 credits
1 credit world history, 1 credit U.S. history, 0.5 credit economics, and 0.5 credit government or civics.
3 credits
To include 1 credit world history, 1 credit U.S. history, 0.5 credit economics, and 0.5 credit government or civics.
3 credits
To include 1 credit world history, 1 credit U.S. history, 0.5 credit economics, and 0.5 credit government or civics.
World Language & Fine Arts & Career Technical Education 3 credit
Any visual or performing art, including music and dance; and/or CTE; and/or world language 
Must include 0.5 credit of Personal Finance
3 credit
Any visual or performing art, including music and dance; and/or CTE; and/or world language 
Must include 0.5 credit of Personal Finance

2 credits of the same langauage
1 credit of Any visual or performing art, including music and dance; and/or CTE.
Must include 0.5 credit of Personal Finance

3-4 credits of the same language
2-3 credits of Any visual or performing art, including music and dance; and/or CTE.
​Must include 0.5 credit of Personal Finance
Health & Fitness 2 credits 
Must include a health class (0.5)
2 credits 
Must include a health class (0.5)
  • Students must earn at least 25% of minimum required graduation credits from CMASAS to qualify for a CMASAS diploma
     
  • Students must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average for coursework meeting college entrance requirements.
     
  • Students should check with their college/university of choice to view their entrance requirements. 
Electives 2 credits 6 credits
Total 20 credits 24 credits