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Welcome to 9th grade!

How is 9th grade different?

  • It's the beginning of your 4 year journey to graduation.

  • 9th grade marks the beginning of your official high school transcript. This transcript stays with you until graduation (even if you switch schools). 

  • Each class is worth .5 credit towards graduation.  The minimum credits for graduation is 24. Plan to earn 6 credits each year to graduate on time. Staying on track with credits is very important.

  • You must earn 60% or better in a course to pass and earn credit.

  • There are more options and freedom in your course choices.

  • You will have an advisor to help you reach your graduation goals.



At Utah Connections Academy (UCA), students need to earn 24 credits and pass the Civics test to graduate.  The 24 credits need to be earned in the following areas:

  • 4.0 credits of English

  • 3.0 credits of Mathematics (must include Secondary Math I, II & III)

  • 3.0 credits of Science (must include 2 core science and 1 elective science)

  • 3.5 credits of Social Studies (must include Geography, World and U.S. History, and Government)

  • 1.0 credit Health

  • 1.0 credit Physical Education and Personal Fitness

  • .5 credit Technology

  • .5 Financial Literacy

  • 1.5 credits Fine Arts

  • 1.0 credit CTE (Career & Technical Education)

  • 5.0 credits additional courses in any subject

  • 24 Total Credits

High School Opportunities


Plan Now For College

State Testing

Expected State and School Testing


State Testing: 

9th grade students can expect to take the Aspire plus test in the spring.  This test will help prepare students for the ACT in 11th grade.  It contains questions in each of the following areas: Reading, English, Math and Science.

School Testing: 

UCA uses iReady as a formative assessment three times a year.  Students are tested in the areas of reading and math at the beginning, middle and end of year to give teachers an idea of their strengths and weaknesses in these subjects and to monitor growth.

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