Graduation Requirements



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.


Diplomas with honors designation are awarded based on maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher at the end of semester one of senior year.



You must also keep in mind the state graduation requirements while requesting your classes each semester. Perpich regularly has a 100% 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: 4 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

“From the moment I came to Perpich, it was like a college campus, with an emphasis on independence and finding your own self, with training in academics and becoming an artist.”

Trent Ramert (Theater 2020)

"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. 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 (Visual Arts 2003)

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

Alexis Larson (Visual Arts 2012)

"Perpich absolutely changed my life. It validated in me something I couldn’t understand at a young age…that I wanted to be around creative people and to learn from teachers with big brains and open hearts. I devoured everything the school had to offer."

Jessica Johnson (Theater 1997)

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

Andrew Edman (Visual Arts 2005)

“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 Perpich Center, and more places like it.”

Walken Schweigert (Theater 2006)

"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 (Visual Arts 2002)

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

Anna ten Bensel (Visual Arts 2013)

"With all of the great mentoring 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. 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 (Theater 1992)

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

David Machov (Visual Arts 2012)

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