Admissions & Graduation Requirements
Enrolling your student in Keystone can help them build a foundational love of learning and set them on the path toward future success. Whether they're starting in elementary school or enrolling in our high school program, students will thrive in the flexible online learning environment that allows them to learn at their own pace. Learn more about Keystone admission requirements and Keystone graduation requirements.
Keystone Admission Requirements for Grades K–12
Students Enrolling in All Grade Level Programs
All students seeking to enroll in Keystone's programs must be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language. Any student who is of compulsory age must comply with homeschool requirements dictated by their school district and state. Families are required to check the requirements within their district and state to ensure the Keystone programs meet said requirements.*
Students Enrolling in Keystone's High School Program
Students must be able to provide proof of completing the eighth grade. For students who cannot produce documentation for academic admissions to the ninth grade (e.g., prior homeschool students), the following guidelines apply.
If a student is 14 years or older, the student is considered "age appropriate" for ninth grade and may enroll in Keystone's Online High School Program using a birth certificate or other official documentation as proof.
If a student is under 14 years of age, the student must show proof of eighth-grade completion through one of the following methods:
A middle school grade report or transcript
A certificate of eighth grade completion
Standardized test scores showing eighth grade achievement or higher (Keystone recommends The IOWA Assessments)
A homeschool portfolio
Students and their families can speak with a counselor to address other circumstances.
Keystone Graduation Requirements
To earn a Keystone high school diploma, students must earn a total of 21 credits or more between grades 9—12, and take at least five credits with Keystone, one credit each in the areas of English, math, science, and social studies, and one additional credit of choice, elective or core.
View the course catalog for more information on available courses.
How many credits are needed to graduate high school? The minimum credits needed to fulfill online high school graduation requirements is 21 credits. At Keystone, we encourage students to develop a four-year learning plan and take courses that provide the best foundation for their post graduation plan, whether college or career.
Students with a desire to attend college are encouraged to take at least two credits of the same world language as part of their electives. Read the full Keystone Graduation Requirements Checklist to keep track of your student's online high school graduation requirements at Keystone.
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Unsure if online learning is the right fit for your student? Learn more about our flexible approach, the benefits of online learning and how curriculum can help your student explore new concepts and address knowledge gaps.
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If you've done all of your research, take the next step and enroll today. If you have questions, call us at 800.255.4937. Our knowledgeable Enrollment Consultants are available to help you Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 9 PM EST and Saturday/Sunday 9 AM – 7:30 PM EST except for federal holidays.
* Families are responsible for making sure they are complying with Homeschool requirements. Keystone is NOT responsible to notify or make families aware of homeschool state rules/regulations. Students interested in enrolling in Keystone should register with their state's Department of Education as a homeschooled student and follow any rules/regulations that apply.
Please note that The Keystone School is not able to accept enrollments from students located in the following countries: Bahrain, Crimea Region, Cuba, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, North Korea, Syria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and member countries of the EU.