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Graduation Requirements

To receive a Central Senior High School diploma, students must meet the graduation requirements set by Saint Paul Public Schools. SPPS has updated the graduation credits and requirements starting with the class of 2022. Students need to complete 86 credits in specific content areas.

SPPS Graduation Requirements
Class 2025-2027 Graduation Requirements (PDF)

Class 2028 and beyond Graduation Requirements (PDF)

Central High School is on an 8/2 block schedule where students have the opportunity to take up to 8 classes over 2 days. Students will receive progress grades at mid-quarter and final grades at the end of each quarter. Students have the opportunity to earn one credit per class per quarter.

There are no standardized testing requirements to graduate from Central, but Saint Paul Public Schools offer the opportunities for 11th grade students to take the PSAT in the fall and the ACT in the spring at no cost through District ACT Testing. ACCESS testing is provided for all students in the English Language Learning (ELL) program. MCA Testing still occurs during the school year, but is not a requirement for graduation.

A student must successfully complete specific classes and earn a required amount of credits in multiple subject areas each year in order to graduate with their class. Students need a minimum of 86 credits to graduate. 

Students will need to make up credits for each failed class that is required for graduation. Credit recovery is completed during Extended Day Learning (EDL) after school quarterly, Credit Recovery Network (quarterly online), Evening High School, and during Summer School. Students are responsible for knowing what classes are required for graduation and working with their school counselor to make certain they are on track to graduate. Transfer students must meet with their school counselor to determine if they are on track or need additional classes to graduate.

Students will be recognized for academic achievement based on the Latin Honor system, using their weighted GPA.  

  • High Honors with Distinction (Summa Cum Laude) — Cumulative GPA average of 4.000 and above  
  • High Honors (Magna Cum Laude) — Cumulative GPA average of 3.75 to 3.99  
  • Honors (Cum Laude) — Cumulative GPA average of 3.3 to 3.749