Twenty-four units and a satisfactory citizenship record are required for graduation from any course of study. A unit is defined as the credit earned for a class meeting at least 200 minutes per week for 36 weeks. The final semester of the senior year must be taken in residence at OAA. To qualify for participation in the Commencement Exercise, all academic requirements must be completed and all necessary transcripts on file in the Registrar’s Office. Diplomas will be issued when the student’s account is paid in full.
Students must meet the minimum requirements of 24 units distributed as follows:
|Computer Applications||(1)||Keyboarding proficiency is required as a prerequisite for Computer Applications.|
|Electives||To total 24 units.|
|Fine Arts||(½)||A maximum of two (2) fine arts credits will count toward the 24 unit requirement.|
|Foreign Language||Two (2) units for College Prep Diploma.|
|Mathematics||(4)||At least one (1) unit of Algebra and one (1) unit of Geometry must be completed. All math credits must be algebra or geometry based.|
|Physical Education||(1)||A maximum of two (2) PE credits will count toward the 24 unit requirement.|
|Bible/Religion||(4)||Or ½ unit of Bible/Religion for each semester of attendance in a Seventh-day Adventist school.|
|Science||(3)||At least one (1) unit must be a life science and one (1) unit a physical science. All science credits must be lab courses.|
|Social Studies||(3)||One (1) unit U.S. History, (1) unit World History, (1/2) unit Government and (1/2) unit Economics.|
The fundamental level courses will meet high school graduation requirements but will not necessarily prepare a student to take college level courses without remedial work.
Qualifying for the High School diploma may not necessarily meet full admission requirements to colleges or to all college courses of study. All students should check the specific entrance requirements of the college they plan to attend to make sure they qualify for full admission.
The College Prep Diploma will best prepare students to be successful in ACT/SAT scores and in their preparation for college. A College Prep diploma will be awarded to students who have completed the High School Diploma requirements and the following requirements:
- 2 units of the same foreign language.
- 4 units of math to include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and College Algebra or Pre Calculus.
- 4 units of science (General Chemistry does not meet this requirement).
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher and no class grade lower than a C..
Math and Science Fundamental level courses do not meet these requirements.
For more information see the Student Handbook.
There are several options for juniors and seniors who may be interested in taking college coursework and also be awarded secondary academic credit by Ozark Adventist Academy. Options include Advanced Placement courses, college credit by the CLEP test, summer Adventist Colleges Abroad programs, and online courses offered by Andrews University and Southern Adventist University.