Graduation Requirements for Laurel Springs School
Laurel Springs is committed to supporting students in their personal and academic endeavors, with a focus on helping them meet their college and career potential. To earn a College Prep academic diploma, students must complete a minimum of 23.5 credits. Students earn one credit for each 36-week (one-year) course and a half credit for each 18-week (semester) course. The course requirements shown below provide a foundation from which students may begin planning their upper school course selection. College admissions policies and academic requirements vary widely. In collaboration with their College Counselor, students will build a personalized plan for graduation based on their interests and academic, college and career goals.
Requirements Prior to Class of 2023
Requirements for Class of 2023 and Beyond
|Electives||5*||1 (or additional Fine Art)|
► Math must include, at a minimum, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, or higher-level math.
► World language must be two years of the same language.
► Grade-level specific Upper School Seminars (.5 credits) are required for each year of enrollment.
► Independent Study is available to earn elective credit.
*Elective credit may include additional core courses taken beyond the minimum requirements.
School of Record Status
When students have identified Laurel Springs School as their school of record, it means that they receive the benefits associated with full-time enrollment. As the school of record, Laurel Springs provides proof of enrollment and retains students’ cumulative academic files, which for Upper School students is recorded on the Laurel Springs transcript.
Full-time Lower and Middle School students must enroll in a minimum of 5 courses which include English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Health and Physical Education.
Full-time Upper School students must meet the 23.5 credits required for graduation. Full-time Upper School students enrolled for 10 months must enroll in a minimum of 4 credits consisting of 3 credits from the core subject areas (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Language) and 1 credit from either the core or elective subject areas. A 0.5 credit grade-level specific Seminar course is required for each year of Upper School. To fulfill Laurel Springs’ graduation requirements, Upper School students typically enroll in 5-7 credits per 10-month enrollment.
Upper School students enrolled for 5 months must enroll in a minimum of 2 credits consisting of 1.5 credits from the core subject areas (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Language) and 0.5 credits from either the core or elective subject areas.
At the discretion of the Education Department, Laurel Springs School will accept grade 12 full-time applicants and grade 12 part-time students who wish to transfer to Laurel Springs full-time.