Earning a Kolbe Academy Diploma
Kolbe Academy offers an Eighth Grade diploma and three different high school diploma types: Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Standard. To earn a diploma from Kolbe Academy, students can use any combination of courses from Kolbe’s homeschool, online or self-paced course offerings, or from other sources such as community college, homeschool co-ops, or alternate homeschool curriculum or curriculum providers. A student who would like to earn a diploma should make sure to fully enroll in Kolbe Academy and choose classes each year that will fulfill the requirements of the desired diploma type. All students must complete at least 25% of the required credits towards their selected diploma while enrolled with Kolbe. If a student is transferring into Kolbe Academy in 10th-12th grade, a transfer student evaluation will be required.
Choosing a Kolbe Academy Diploma
The high school diploma types exist for the sake of helping families decide what sort of course of study they want to follow with their high school students. The diploma types are not the equivalent of receiving Summa Cum Laude or Magna cum Laude ranking in school. However, they do reflect various levels of rigor in the courses of study pursued. Each has a different aim and focus, and thus, different graduation requirements. Kolbe offers different options so that families can use and tailor the program to meet the individual goals they have. Each diploma has a specific course of study required, and has a minimum number of courses required in each area for graduation. Students are always welcome, and often encouraged, to exceed these minimum requirements.