High School Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Vinton-Shellsburg High School a student must earn 29 credits.  A maximum of 9 credits can be earned from classes held at VSHS each year.  Graduates will have successfully completed:

16 Required Credits

  • English/Language Arts: 4
  • Science: 3
  • Social Studies: 3
  • Mathematics:  3
  • Physical Education: 2
  • Computer & Workplace Skills: .5
  • Personal Financial Management:  .5


  • 13 Elective Credits

Total required credits for graduation: 29 credits

Early Graduation

Students who meet the graduation requirements set by the Board of Education prior to the end of their senior year may apply to the Board for early graduation.  Students must attend the first two trimesters of their senior year and must have attended at least four trimesters at VSHS prior to their early graduation date.  Students who graduate early become alumni of the school district and are not allowed to participate in school activities, except for graduation ceremonies and prom.

Application deadlines: In order to graduate at the end of the 2nd trimester, completed applications will need to be turned into the guidance office by November 1.