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To graduate from high school in Oklahoma, students must complete coursework in English, Math, History, Science, and Arts/Fine Arts. To see the exact course credits needed for graduation click here. Oklahoma high school students may choose from two graduation paths: Core Curriculum or College Preparatory.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2023, all high school students in Oklahoma will now have an additional graduation requirement of completing an Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP). The term ICAP refers to both a process that helps students engage in academic and career development activities and a product that is created and maintained for students’ academic, career and personal advancement. EPIC students will use the website OKCOLLEGESTART.ORG as the required ICAP program. Students will create an account during their initial ILP with their EPIC teacher.
Whether students seek post-secondary education or aspire to begin a career, EPIC Charter Schools is assisting students working toward continued success beyond high school with EPIC’s Next Step Program.
The EPIC Next Step program is an opportunity to introduce high school students to post-secondary education, and training opportunities, as well as a peek into the workforce.
Our five-year goal is to have 90% of our graduating seniors participate in the EPIC Next Step program.
To participate in the EPIC Next Step program a student needs to complete a course in one of the following categories:
- Concurrent College Enrollment
A student can take a college course and earn dual credit. If the course is through an Oklahoma State College or University the tuition can be waived by the Board of Regents. Some other costs such as fees and books may be allowable to be paid for by the EPIC Learning Fund.
- Career Technology Courses
Career Tech Programs facilitate quality training and educational services that would allow students to enter into the workforce and/or college with hands-on training and industry certifications that promote high wage earnings in business and industries. Most programs include on-the-job experience that make students marketable for the workplace. There is no tuition charge for Oklahoma high school students attending a career technology center’s full time program at his/her local career tech.
A student that has a particular interest can earn high school credit by interning 60 hours for an organization while developing soft skills that will help them the rest of their lives.
- Work-Based Learning
For a student that already has a job, they can earn high school credit by digging deeper into the opportunities for growth they might obtain from their current employer.
OK PROMISE Oklahoma’s Promise allows 8th, 9th, or 10th-grade students from families with an income of $55,000 or less to earn a college tuition scholarship. Students must also meet academic and conduct requirements in high school. To apply click here.
FAFSA Current EPIC seniors will use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid. The FAFSA will be completed beginning October 1st during your senior year of high school for financial aid for the following year. The form must be completed each year thereafter as long as the student is enrolled in college.
ACT The ACT is the most common test utilized for college admission in Oklahoma. Students have to register online for the ACT. For test dates, please click here. We recommend student take this as early and often as possible beginning in the Spring of their 10th grade year.
The EPIC school code is 372-720
ACT Test Prep Resources:
- “Real ACT”
- “ACT for Dummies”
SAT While not as common in Oklahoma, the SAT is another test option for college admission. You can register online for the SAT. This is a very different type of test than the ACT. If a student does not perform well on the ACT, they may score higher on the SAT. Colleges accept both ACT and SAT scores.
SAT Test Prep Resources:
Additional SAT and College Board Resources:
- Confidence Video
- Khan Academy/ SAT Practice Introduction Video
- Linking PSAT scores to Khan Academy
- Understanding your PSAT/NMSQT Scores
- Fee Waivers
- AP Potential
- Student Search Service
- Big Future
- New Scholarships
PSAT: The PSAT is typically taken by 10th and 11th graders to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Award. EPIC does not currently offer the PSAT; however, we are working on receiving approval to administer this assessment. A student interested in signing up for the assessment may locate a local school who will allow them to sit in on the assessment and pay any fees associated. EPIC will provide a school-wide announcement once we are approved to administer this assessment.
EPIC students and teachers may schedule a tour anytime by contacting the college directly. Click here for a list of all OK Colleges/Universities. Additionally, the Department of College and Career Readiness plans and coordinates college tours in the fall of each school year. Check the EPIC calendar and your email for information for upcoming events.
Students who are college-bound need to plan ahead by looking at the application process of each school they are considering. Each school will have a set application process to include application, recommendation letters, transcripts, and test scores. The earlier you apply the more scholarship money is available.
The search for a college and scholarship is quite individualized and personal, but Epic has put together these resources to help you get started on your journey.
To learn more about Scholarship Opportunities CLICK HERE.
Students who have experienced barriers in attempting to complete their high school diploma often succeed at EPIC Charter Schools. We recognize some students may have experienced an academic deficiency, homelessness, behavioral difficulties, excessive absences, pregnancy or parenting, family issues, substance abuse, financial issues, physical or mental health issues, juvenile justice involvement, or other such factors which may have caused lapses in schooling or even a student dropping out. However, students may enroll at EPIC up to the age of 20. Any student who turns twenty-one (21) years old on or before September 1 will not be eligible to enroll. Regardless of a student’s past, we want to help every student find a path for success. To request re-entry into EPIC, log into your Parent Portal account and click the button requesting re-entry.
Re-Enter at EPIC: https://epiccharterschools.org/
HS Equivalency Testing:
Students sometimes have circumstances which make taking a test for high school equivalency the best option. Below are resources to assist in that planning. Epic will not approve/sign high school equivalency forms for students under the age of 18.