Earning a Kolbe Academy Diploma

Kolbe Academy offers an eighth-grade diploma and a high school diploma. To earn a diploma from Kolbe Academy, students can use any combination of courses from Kolbe’s homeschool, online, or self-paced course offerings. Students may also use courses 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.

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Choosing a Kolbe Academy Diploma

We offer three tracks in high school to help families decide what course of study they want to follow. The tracks 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 requirements.

Kolbe offers different options so that families can tailor the program to meet their individual goals. Each track requires a specific course of study and has a minimum number of courses required in each area. Students are always welcome, and often encouraged, to exceed these minimum requirements.

SUMMA Track

The Summa track is our least flexible course of study and covers our classical curriculum in its fullness. Summa students must follow the Kolbe curriculum as laid out. Students may receive credit for select courses taken in 8th grade, but those credits will not count towards the overall requirements.

  • In 9th grade: at least 1 Honors Course in Theology, Literature, or History
  • In 10th grade: at least 2 Honors Courses in Theology, Literature, or History
  • In 11th grade: at least 3 Honors Courses in Theology, Literature, or History
  • In 12th grade: 4 Honors Courses in Theology, English, Literature, and History

Any substitutions must be pre-approved in writing by an Academic Advisor from Kolbe Academy. Note that substitutions are generally not approved for Theology, English, Literature, or History, and typically only college course substitutions are approved for Math, Science, and Language if pre-approved.

Magna Track

The Magna track offers a flexible course of study and is designed as a college-preparatory track. Students may opt to follow the Kolbe curriculum as closely as they desire, including, but not limited to, seeking the Kolbe Honors (H) or Kolbe Core (K) designation in all coursework. Students must fulfill the course requirements by using either Kolbe courses or other high school or college-level courses.

Standard Track

The Standard track offers the most flexible course of study and meets the minimum requirements to graduate in the state of California. Students may opt to follow the Kolbe curriculum as closely as they desire, including, but not limited to, seeking the Kolbe Honors (H) or Kolbe Core (K) designation in all coursework. Students must fulfill the course requirements by using either Kolbe courses or other high school or college-level courses.