Graduation Requirements

A student must earn a minimum of 22 credits to graduate.  Please note, it is not uncommon for college or university acceptance standards to be higher than the minimum credits required Alton High School. Check with your guidance counselor to familiarize yourself with these standards.

Minimum credits must include:
  • English: 4.00 Credits
  • Communicating: .5 credit
  • Consumer's Education - .5 credit
  • Auto Safety - .25 credit
  • Social Studies: 2 Credits  -- including one course in American Government, U.S. History A, and U.S. History B                                                             
  • Mathematics: 3 Credits - Algebra 1 or equivalent and Geometry
  • Science: 2 Credits - 1 must be Biology                                                                                                                    
  • Physical Education/Wellness: 1.5 Credit
  • Fine Arts, Music, Foreign Language, or Career and Tech. Education: 1 Credit
  • Electives: 6.75 credits

All students are expected to carry a minimum of 3 credits each semester. All students are therefore strongly urged to earn the maximum number of credits per year to take full advantage of their educational opportunities. 

Grade Point Average and Class Rank


The grade point average (GPA) is a cumulative computation of a student’s academic standing. An official class rank is calculated each quarter based on the GPA. Students must complete all four years at Alton High School to be formally ranked with their class upon graduation. The class valedictorian and salutatorian will be determined by the final class rank upon completion of senior year. Students must complete their entire four years at Alton High School to be valedictorian or salutatorian. The guidance department will compute an estimated GPA and class rank for transfer students for the purpose of college admissions.


The GPA is computed using the following formula:

  • The weighted value of the final numerical grade of each course times the number of each credit of each course determines the GPA of each course.
  • The overall GPA is calculated by finding the sum of all individual weighted grade levels divided by the total credits of all courses (passed and failed).
  • The calculation of GPA includes only weighted courses at levels 1—4.
  •  In the event of a tie, the mathematical formula used in determining GPA will be carried out in decimal points to distinguish the class rank order.