Graduation Requirements

  • Standardized Testing Requirements

    The State of Minnesota is currently revising its graduation assessment requirements. Students are currently required to take Minnesota Comprehensive assessments in reading (Grade 10) and math (Grade 11). Students are not required to achieve a specified score on an assessment in order to meet graduation assessment requirements. The Minnesota Department of Education is currently developing a College and Career Readiness Assessment. In the interim, Lakeville High Schools will continue to provide assessments as directed by the Minnesota Department of Education.

    Per Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.31, subdivision 4a, a parent may exclude his or her son or daughter from MCAs. 

    Additional Information:

    Career Portfolio Requirements

    Minnesota Department of Education requires all school districts to participate in Planning for Students Successful Transition to Postsecondary and Employment. Legislation requires all students, starting in grade nine to have a “plan” around seven key elements:

    1. Academic scheduling
    2. Career exploration
    3. 21st century skills
    4. Community partnerships
    5. College access
    6. All forms of postsecondary training
    7. Experiential learning opportunities.

    The Lakeville Area Schools Career Portfolio requires each student to complete specific career investigation activities in grades 9–12. The sequence of activities is intended to provide a comprehensive experience in career exploration enabling students to pursue a lifelong career which best matches their talents, abilities, and interests. Students create a portfolio on the Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS), an Internet-based system, which combines a wealth of career, education and labor market information into one comprehensive, easy-to-use exploration tool.

    Grade 9

    MCIS Personal Learning Plan in Cougar Time 

    Grade 10

    MCIS activities during Cougar Time 

    Grade 11

    MCIS activities duiring Cougar Time focusd on Career Seminar, College visits and Spring Junior meetings

    Grade 12

    Senior Job Shadow is a requirement for graduation from Lakeville Schools.  Any student needing to do make-up or those wanting further assistance and activities in any of these areas should stop in the Career Center located on the 3rd floor.

    Early Graduation

    Students may be considered for early graduation if they have successfully met all requirements, including Lakeville High School credit requirements, State of Minnesota testing requirements, and Career Portfolio requirements. Students considering early graduation should meet with their Dean of Students or the Lakeville Online Academy Program Coordinator well in advance of their proposed semester of early graduation to discuss options and procedures.


    Students who have not fulfilled all graduation requirements are not eligible to participate in the ISD 194 commencement ceremony.

    Senior academic honors recognition is awarded according to the following criteria:

    • Summa Cum Laude = 4.0 and above GPA
    • Magna Cum Laude = 3.85 – 3.99 GPA
    • Cum Laude = 3.7 – 3.84 GPA

    Honors recognition will be determined by using the cumulative GPA for each senior at the end of the first semester senior year. 

    Lakeville Diploma

    Students who choose to take more than 50% of their classes through Lakeville Online Lakeville will earn a diploma from Lakeville North or Lakeville South High School. The school from which the diploma is earned is predetermined when a student enters the Lakeville Online Academy Lakeville program.