604 - Graduation Requirements Policy


PACT Charter School 

Original Creation Date: February 2014
Last Approved By: PACT Charter School Board of Directors
Last Approved Date: July 11, 2023
Year Reviewed: 2023-2024

Graduation Requirements

The minimum credits needed to graduate can vary per graduation year due to local and/or state requirement changes. Students are required to meet credit requirements according to the chart below. There are 31 credits available for full-time students during their high school years, 9th through 12th grade.

PACT Charter School Graduation Credit Requirements  


Grad Year








Language Arts




Social Studies












World Language












Fine Arts




Electives (Advisory is required for full time students)




Minimum Requirements:




One credit is equivalent to a full-year or completion of two semesters of a course that meets daily. 


Further Graduation Requirement information:

  • Actual credit values for transfer students may differ from these requirements (refer to 603.2 - Transfer Credit Policy). The intent for transfer students is for them to have taken the equivalent of the coursework listed above. 
    • CIS/PSEO credits are calculated at a ratio of 4:1 PACT credits.
    • A 3-credit CIS/PSEO course is adequate to meet a one-year PACT graduation requirement in a specific area, although it will transfer to PACT as 0.75 credits. The additional 0.25 credits need to be met through electives.
    • The total number of credits required for graduation is the same for all PACT students.
    • Pre-High School Students who successfully complete a high school course will be given high school credit.
    • The Fine Arts requirement may be met by taking two semesters (or a combination of two) of music, dance, theater, visual arts, or media arts. PACT has numerous elective options (over four years) that meet these requirements.
    • Advisory is worth .75 a credit each year for a total of 3 credits. Any deficiencies in Advisory credit must be made up through elective credits. 
    • 3 credits of Math with a minimum of Algebra 2.
    • 3.5 credits of Social Studies need to be met in the following:

○ US History (1 credit)

○ Geography (0.5 credit)

○ World History (1 credit)

○ Government and Citizenship (0.5 credit)

○ Economics (0.5 credit) 

  • 3 credits of Science need to be met in the following:

○ Biology (1 credit)

○ Physics or Chemistry (1 credit)

○ Additional Science  (1 credit) 

○ Health and PE requirements may be taken anytime throughout grades 9-12.

○ World Language credits can be satisfied by receiving a passing score on the ACTFL proficiency test.

If graduation requirements are not entirely met, a student may participate in graduation activities without receiving a diploma if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are no more than 1.0 credit short. 

Diplomas will be issued to students upon successful completion of all requirements.



Legal References:

Minn. Statute §120B.024 (Credits)

Minn. Statute §124D.9, subd. 12 (PSEO Credits)

Minn. Statute §124E.03, subd. 2 para(b) (Charter school compliance)

Contact Us

PACT Charter School | District Office
7250 East Ramsey Parkway NW
Ramsey, MN 55303 

PACT Charter School | Elementary Campus
7250 East Ramsey Parkway NW
Ramsey, MN 55303 

PACT Charter School | Secondary Campus
7729 - 161st Avenue Northwest
Ramsey, MN 55303 

Main phone line: 763-712-4200
Fax: 763-712-4201
Fax: 763-374-0665 (students records)

Absence: attendance@pactcharter.org


School Hours

Elementary Campus
8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

Secondary Campus
8:00 a.m. - 3:05 p.m. 

Office Hours

School Days
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Non-School Fridays
7:30 a.m. - Noon

School Breaks

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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