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Starting with current 8th grade students, high school graduation requirements to change slightly

An image of a graduation mortarboard resting on a stack of booksBeginning with students in the graduating class of 2028, who will start their freshman year in 2024-25, high school graduation requirements are changing in compliance with changes on the state level. The changes are as follows. The total number of credit hours required to graduate from Maize USD 266 will remain the same at 28 credit hours.

  • Rather than simply one credit of physical education, students must earn one credit that includes one-half physical education and one-half health credit.
  • Rather than one credit of business/computer literacy, students must earn one credit that includes one-half financial literacy credit and one-half business/computer literacy.
  • Rather than 11.5 credits of electives, students must earn 11.5 credits that include four and a half credits directly related to the student's Individual Plan of Study (IPS) and one credit related to Career and Technical Education (CTE). Most current high school students already meet this requirement based on classes they take in career pathways.
  • New, students must complete two or more postsecondary assets from an established list that includes career/real-world and academic assets aligned with the IPS. This may include community service, apprenticeship, or even participation in sports.
  • New, students must complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), though families can opt out.

The biggest change involves the financial literacy component, and educators and leaders are working on plans for schedules to help students meet all of these requirements.