Graduation Requirements

Parnassus School of Rhetoric required courses meet and exceed Minnesota’s minimum graduation requirements and also meet statutory policies. To receive a diploma from Parnassus Preparatory School, scholars must complete the requirements listed in the school’s catalog. A course credit is equivalent to a student successfully completing one academic year of study.

Parnassus Graduation Requirements

1. Successful completion of all required courses.
2. Minimum academic credits, as listed, all of which must be earned in grades 1R-4R (exception of 1 credit for Algebra I in 4L). Athletics and co-curricular such as drama do not count toward this total.
3. Successful completion of the minimum required courses per year at Parnassus
4. Successful completion of the Fourth Level Rhetoric Thesis (paper, presentation, and defense)

The minimum requirements for graduation are:

DisciplineGraduation Requirement*
Classical Latin & Greek2 credits*
English4 credits
History4 credits
Science3 credits
Math3 credits
Rhetoric & Thesis2 credits
Spanish2 credits
Fine Arts1 credit
PE/Health1 credit
*Additional requirements may apply to new incoming students.

Parnassus Diploma Options

Parnassus offers two diploma options reflecting the classical college preparatory nature of the school as well as an option for those interested in a diploma designated as Parnassus Classical Diploma. The Classical Diploma requires the successful completion of additional course work.

For detailed information regarding our requirements and diploma options, please contact the school at 763-496-1416 to set up an appointment with the School of Rhetoric principal.


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