ASTL Graduation Requirements

2023-2024 School Year

Graduation Requirements

ASTL Graduation Requirements

A minimum of twenty-four units of credit is the requirement for a diploma from the Academy of St. Louis High School.  ASTL ensures that all students meet state requirements regarding credit hours for graduation.

Therefore, if a student is unable to complete the twenty-four units of credit, the student may graduate with a certificate of completion with accommodations stated.

Please see the ASTL Curriculum Guide for more information on the classes we offer and breakdown of each subject.  

Student transcripts are recorded by the administration at the end of each semester.  The administrator must supervise the curriculum so that students are capable of reaching the credit goal by the end of their senior year.  Please see the ASTL Curriculum Guide for more information on the classes we offer and breakdown of each subject.  Also, see below for graduation allowances made for students with disabilities.

The following was taken directly from the DESE website:


Each school district must provide a free, appropriate public education for students with disabilities until they are graduated with a regular diploma or attain the age of 21 years. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), local school boards must establish policies and guidelines that ensure that students with disabilities have the opportunity to earn credits toward graduation in a nondiscriminatory manner within the spirit and intent of that requirement. Provisions include:

  • Any specific graduation requirement may be waived for a student with disabilities if recommended by the student’s IEP Committee. 17 DESE 3341-53 03/15
  • Students with disabilities will receive grades and have credit transcripted in the same manner as all other students when they complete the same courses as other students.
  • Students with disabilities who complete regular courses modified as indicated in their IEPs will receive grades and have credit transcripted in the same manner as students who complete the courses without modification. The fact that the courses were modified may be noted on the transcript.
  • Students with disabilities who meet the goals and objectives of their IEPs, as measured by the evaluation procedures and criteria specified in the IEPs, will have credit transcripted in accordance with the state definition of units of credit.
  • ASTL Students with disabilities who meet state and local graduation credit requirements by taking and passing regular courses, taking and passing regular courses with modification, taking and passing modified classes, or successfully achieving IEP goals and objectives shall be graduated and receive regular high school diplomas.
  • Students with disabilities who reach age 21, or otherwise terminate their education, and who have met the district’s attendance requirements but who have not completed the requirements for graduation, receive a certificate of attendance.


School districts must comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and ensure that graduation policies do not discriminate against students with disabilities protected under that act. Technical assistance may be obtained from the Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which is located in Kansas City (816-268-0550).”  

For more information, please visit the DESE website:

For more information about guidelines, see our parent-student handbook.