Graduation
Graduation Requirements

PERPICH GRADUATION CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

Juniors

Enrolled students must earn a combined total of 18 credits in grades 11 and 12. These credits must include two English credits, eight art credits and eight additional credits to meet our graduation requirements to be in compliance with the state of Minnesota Graduation Standards.

New Seniors

Students enrolled in grade 12 only must earn nine total credits. These credits include one English credit, four art credits and four additional credits to meet our graduation requirements to be in compliance with the state of Minnesota Graduation Standards.

Perpich does not offer algebra 1 or geometry. Applicants must have completed those credits before being accepted to Perpich. We have one class, yoga, that provides both physical education and health credits, but it is recommended that both of those credits be completed, if at all possible, before application to Perpich.

HONORS DIPLOMA

Students must be responsible for contacting the guidance counselor regarding the possibility of graduating with honors from Perpich Arts High School. Students must be aware that the 14 earned credits and 3.60 GPA are requirements for being recognized as an honor student by the end of third quarter of senior year. Students and parents should contact the guidance counselor early in the school year if they are concerned about honor diploma status.

Diplomas with honors designation are awarded to students who attend Perpich Arts High School and meet the following criteria:

Returning Seniors

18 credits earned in grades 11 and 12 and cumulative GPA (calculated from grade 9 through first semester, grade 12) of 3.60/4.0 point scale (A-) or higher

New Seniors

Ten credits earned in grade 12 and cumulative GPA (calculated from grade 9 through first semester, grade 12) of 3.60/4.0 point scale (A-) or higher

Graduates

STATE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

You must also keep in mind the state graduation requirements while requesting your classes each semester. Perpich regularly has a 100 percent graduation rate and we want you to succeed and graduate at the end of your two years with us.

In compliance with the state of Minnesota Graduation Standards, Perpich students, from 2015 forward must earn 28 credits in ninth through 12th grades to graduate with a Perpich Arts High School diploma:

Arts: 8 credits

English: 3 credits

Mathematics: 3 credits (including Algebra II, Geometry, Statistics and Probability sufficient to satisfy standards)

Science: 3 credits (including Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)

Social Studies: 3.5 credits (encompassing U.S. History, Geography, World History, Economics and Government/Citizenship)

Health: .25 credits (or have met the local district requirement of student’s home school)

Physical Education: .25 credits (or have met the local district requirement of student’s home school)

Miscellaneous: 6 credits

Total Credits: 28

“If I had to choose a single defining moment of my career it would be going to the Arts High School. I learned artistic skills and a deep sense of social and cultural responsibility there that has aided me throughout my life. Perpich is where I learned to take ownership of my work, my actions, and myself. Now, as the Co-Artistic Director of my own company, I use my Perpich education every day. Most people cannot deny that we need a vibrant, artistic culture, and if we need that, then we need the Perpich Center, and more places like it.”

Walken Schweigert, ‘06

"[Going to Perpich] was one of the most positive experiences of my life!"

Eden Rome, ‘13, Artscience

"I run art groups for women and men who been affected by sexual and domestic violence at a center in Faribault called Hope Center. When I went to school at Perpich I learned how art could save the world. How healing it can be so healing. I love this school. Love what it taught me because I feel like I can show people why now, art can save the world."

Rose Johnson, ‘03, Visual Arts

"[Perpich] helped me grow as an artist and a person."

Alexis Larson, ‘12, Visual Arts

"[Perpich] was a hugely formative experience for me and I think gave me many of the tools to get to this point of, as you said, doing meaningful work that I love."

Andrew Edman, ‘05, Visual Arts

"While I was there I felt such a strong sense of a community, and one that grew from mutual respect between the faculty, staff and students. For me this enforced the feeling that what we were exploring as young artists was valid and worthwhile. I didn’t attend a private art school for my bachelor’s degree, but even in my first semester on a liberal arts campus, within a sea of Economics and Geology majors, I felt a strong sense of purpose in my choice to make art. Without a doubt, that confidence, insight, and sense of validation came from being a student at Perpich."

Laura Fischer, ‘02, Visual Arts

"It changed my life. Completely. It was the best thing to happen to me"

Anna ten Bensel, ‘13, Visual Arts

"With all of the great mentoring, etc. at Perpich I met professionals in the theatre and film arts. This showed me that it was possible to be a filmmaker (or any kind of artist) for a living. Also I was able to focus more on theatre (as opposed to regular high school), which was inspiring. I wanted to get good grades in my regular studies because my main focus was on something I was passionate about. I had something to aspire to."

Tasha Hardy, ‘92, Theater

"Perpich gave me a direction in life and kickstarted my career."

David Machov, ‘12, Visual Arts

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