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Graduation Requirements

NHS National Honor Society

National Honor Society is a prestigious honor for students who fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Must be a junior or senior with a 3.7 GPA or better
  2. Must complete the Leadership Survey showing membership in 3 organizations during high school years (in or out of school)
  3. Must attain officer or major committee member status in one organization and received an honor or award during high school
  4. Complete the service survey, including at least 3 service projects
  5. Complete Honors English III, AP English IV, 4 science (upper level), 4 math (upper level), and 2 (same) world language
  6. Must submit 5 character references; 3 from certified educational personnel (teachers, counselors, administrators)

Kansas Scholars Curriculum

The Kansas Scholars Curriculum is one of the requirements Kansas residents must meet in order to receive State Scholar designation during the Senior year. Students that complete the curriculum, and meet the other requirements, may be designated as State Scholars, which makes them eligible to receive State Financial Aid as provided by the Kansas Legislature. State Scholars may receive up to $1,000 annually for up to four undergraduate years (five, if enrolled in a designated five-year program) based on financial need and the availability of State funds.

Kansas Scholars Quick Facts

Qualified Admissions

State universities in Kansas follow Qualified Admissions (QA) criteria when admitting undergraduate students. These criteria are set by the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing body for the six state universities. The purpose of QA is to enhance success at the university level by ensuring students are prepared for the rigors of a university education. The institutions that use QA for admission are: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, and Wichita State University.

Qualified Admissions Quick Facts

Note: The University of Kansas has separate Qualified Admissions requirements for high school graduates beginning Academic Year 2015-2016 and After

University of Kansas Qualified Admissions

NHS Graduation Requirements

Twenty-four (24) credits meet the minimum requirements for graduation from Newton High School. One credit (1.0) is granted for the successful completion of a course, which meets for two semesters (1 school year). One-half credit (.5) is granted for the successful completion of a course that meets for one semester. Seventeen credits (17) are required classes and seven credits (7) are elective classes that students may choose.

In order to participate in Newton High School graduation exercises, seniors must have completed all credits necessary for graduation by the end of the last day of classes for NHS seniors. This also applies to students taking classes at The Learning Center, The Railer Academy, or extension courses.

 NHS Classes of 2017 & Beyond

NHS Academic Honors

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, NHS students are recognized and earn academic honors based on completion of rigorous and challenging courses designed to prepare them for university level studies. This system is known as the NHS Cum Laude system. Requirements are linked below. Students may petition the administration for inclusion of challenging courses not designated as Honors or AP.

Academic Honors