Graduation Requirements

The Cedar Rapids Community School District operates using a semester schedule. Our school year is divided into two (2) 16-week terms: Fall Term and Spring Term. Classes that meet every day earn 1.0 credits/term; classes that meet every other day earn 0.5 credits/term.

We believe that all students deserve the very best educational preparation and opportunities while at Kennedy High School. We encourage all students to complete the requirements in high school that will ensure entrance to college. Enrollment in rigorous classes will increase the chances of keeping all doors open for pursuit of education and career opportunities beyond high school.

Class of 2019 & beyond:

The following requirements apply:

  • 4 years English Language Arts (LA 9, LA 10, US/World Humanities, Perspectives or AP options)
  • 3 years of Mathematics
  • 3 years of Science (Earth Science, Life Science, and a combination of Physical Science options)
  • 3 years of Social Studies (World History or AP options, US History or AP options, American Government, Economics or AP options)
  • One Physical Education class for each year enrolled
  • Training or certification for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

College Prep Recommendations

Over 85% of all Kennedy graduates pursue a degree beyond high school.  On average, 60% of our graduates go directly to a four-year college.  Many more begin at a community college and eventually transfer to a four-year institution.  A general plan for meeting minimum college entrance requirements is shown below.  Some colleges will have specific requirements in addition to those listed.


Years of Study

English/Language Arts    

4 years


3 years (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2)


3 years (including Earth/Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

Social Studies

3 years (including World History, US History, American Government, and Economics)

Foreign/World Language

2 years of a single language