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Graduation Information

General Requirements

Clonlara School requires that the following credits be completed in order to graduate:  Carnegie units establish 180 hours of documented work for 1 credit unit.  Many  courses are broken into semester segments of 90 hours or .5 credit.

Before enrolling as a Senior in the Off-Campus or Online Program, please read Clonlara’s Senior Class Enrollment Policy.

Off-Campus and Online Students interested in our International Programs should review our International Program Graduation Requirements

Academic Requirements – 22 credits

Subject Area Required Courses Credits Required
English English 4.0
Speech 0.5
Science 3.0
Mathematics 2.0
Social Studies American History 1.0
American Government 0.5
World Geography 0. 5
Physical Fitness 1.5
Electives 9.0
Total Academic Credits 22.0

Please Note:

Most students earn between 5-6 credits per year. Students looking to accelerate their learning may earn up to 9 credits per year.  Electives may be in a variety of areas – imagination and resources are the only limitations!

Non-Academic Requirements:

  • Portfolio of work to be submitted during senior year*
  • Clonlara Exit Exam *
  • Submission of a Reading List *
  • Community Service – 45 hours per academic year of enrollment
  • Capstone Course

*Specific to Off-Campus and Online Programs Only

Additional Guidelines for Early Graduation

Students under 17 who wish to graduate must:

  • Have been enrolled in Clonlara School as a secondary student for at least two years
  • Submit a request for early graduation
  • Submit their plans for post graduation in writing
  • Receive prior approval from Clonlara School

Commencement Ceremony & Reception

Held each year on the second Saturday in June at our campus in Ann Arbor

Clonlara’s ceremony is a personal and heartwarming celebration. When receiving their diploma, graduates and their families are encouraged to share their reflections on their Clonlara School experience.

Students have recited poetry, sung, played music, done aerobics on stage, and even ridden a horse up to the podium to receive the diploma. Join us!

Transcript Requests

To request a copy of your Clonlara transcript, please complete the form below.

  • Only non-official copies of transcripts are issued to students and their families.
  • Official copies of transcripts (with the Clonlara seal) are ONLY sent to other schools or institutions and cannot be sent to students or their families.
  • Please allow 7-10 business days to process requests. You will receive a confirmation email from a address. If you have not received confirmation within 10 business days, please check your junk mail folder. If you do not find it, please contact us.
  • Transcript request for students 18 or older must come directly from the student.

Terra Nova Test

The TerraNova is an optional, standardized test available to students each spring. It is produced by CTB/McGrawHill. Please Note: Clonlara does not require standardized testing.

What is a Standardized Test?

“Standardized” means that the test is always given and scored the same way.  The same questions are asked and the same directions are given for each test.  Specific time limits are set and each student’s performance may be compared with that of all the other students taking the same test.

Why Take One?

  • Some state regulations require homeschooled students to take a standardized test.
  • Some students like to do so to get a sense of how they’re doing compared to students in traditional school settings.

What Does the TerraNova Test Cover?

  • For students in Grades 1–12 it tests objective/mastery in Reading/ Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
  • The Kindergarten version tests only for Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics.

How is it Administered?

The TerraNova is taken by our students at their homes and is proctered by a parent or other qualified individual. Specific guidelines, issued by CTB/McGraw-Hill, must be followed in order to administer the test.

In states or districts where tests must be given as required by law, further requirements may be in effect.  Often this involves hiring a certified teacher to proctor the test. Please make yourself aware of your school district or state regulations.

Spring Testing Schedule

February: Test orders due to Clonlara.

March: Test materials mailed out to families.

April: Completed tests due back to Clonlara and sent to CTB/McGraw-Hill for scoring.

Mid-June: CTB/McGraw-Hill sends test results to Clonlara. Copies of test results are mailed to families and placed in students’ official cumulative file folders.

Emergency Response and Drill Schedule

In accordance with PA 207, Clonlara School has a written emergency response policy and a drill schedule.  Below you will find the required posting of upcoming and performed drills.

DRILL Scheduled Performed
Fire 10/28/2019 10/28/2019
Fire 9/26/2019 9/26/2019
Fire 4/18/2019 4/18/2019
Fire 11/6/2018 11/6/2018
Fire 10/11/2018 10/11/2018
Tornado 4/11/2018 4/11/2018
Fire 10/26/2017 10/26/2017
Fire 2/17/2017 2/17/2017
Fire 11/08/2016  11/08/2016
Fire 10/20/2016  10/21/2016
Fire 04/14/2016  04/14/2016
Tornado 03/17/2016  03/17/2016
Fire 02/26/2016  02/26/2016
Restricted Area 01/21/2016  01/21/2016
Medical/Restricted 12/04/2015  12/04/2015
Fire 11/23/2015
Tornado 11/5/2015  11/5/2015
Fire 10/15/2015  10/15/2015
Medical/Restricted 10/01/2015  10/1/2015
Fire 9/24/2015  9/24/2015
Fire 4/15/2015 4/16/2015
Tornado 3/25/2015 3/25/2015
Fire 2/25/2015 2/25/2015
Restricted Area 1/28/2015 1/29/2015
Restricted Area 12/10/2014 12/10/2014
Fire 12/1/2014 12/1/2014
Tornado 11/12/2014 11/11/2014
Fire 10/22/2014 10/22/2014 noon
Medical 10/1/2014 9/30/2014
Fire 9/24/2014 9/24/2014


Gifts to the Clonlara School Annual Fund have a direct and immediate impact on our community. The Annual Fund helps provide:

  • Financial assistance to students
  • Updated technology and educational materials
  • Professional development for teachers, advisors, and staff

Donate Now – using our secure online form (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover)

To make a gift by check:

Make check payable to “Clonlara School” and mail to:

Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett, Ann Arbor, MI  48104
Attn: Development Office

Clonlara School is 501(c)3 organizationa and all gifts are tax-deductible.

Thank you for your support!