Graduation Requirements

The Board is committed to maintaining a rigorous core curriculum and student performance standards designed to promote student achievement. The goal is to prepare all graduates of the District to be contributing members of society. The Board believes that the following high school graduation requirements are an important component of its commitment to students.

Graduation Plans


Graduation Requirements (Grades 9 - 12)
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The following are the minimum required credits for graduation for the class of 2013 and beyond. These requirements are outlined in Board Policy #2640 updated July 2020.

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Subjects

Credits

 

English

8


Speech

1

Successful completion of one semester of Debate also fulfills this requirement.

Mathematics

6

Successful completion of Algebra (Essentials 1 for Algebra, Essentials 2 for Algebra or Integrated I- Algebra) and Geometry (Essentials 1 for Geometry, Essentials 2 for Geometry, Integrated II- Geometry Part 1 & Part 2, or Integrated 2- Geometry) are required. 

Two math credits must be earned during senior year, however:  -Successful completion of 6 math credits including AP Calculus waives the senior math requirement or -Successful completion of 8 math credits including Algebra 2 waives the senior math requirement.

Science

6

Successful completion of Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry), Biology (Acc. Biology or AP Biology), and 2 additional science credits are required.  A total of 6 credits of science must be earned for graduation.
AP Computer Science and AP Computer Science Principles can be counted as science credits.

Health

1

Health taken in 8th grade does not fulfill this requirement.  2 credits of Fundamentals of Health Professions or 2 credits of Sports Medicine also fulfills this requirement.  

Physical Education

2

Successful completion of Physical Education A & B is required for graduation and fulfills 2 elective credits.
Completion of one season of an approved sport and earning a passing grade on the PE exam fulfills one required PE credit.
NO on-line courses (IDLA or other) are approved for PE 9-12.
A maximum of 1 athletic fitness credit per semester can be earned in grades 10-12 after completion of the Physical Education requirement.

U.S. History 9

2

 

U.S. History 11

2


Economics

1

Successful completion of 4 credits of Marketing I, Marketing II, Marketing III, and Marketing IV fulfills this requirement.
Successful completion of Small Business Ownership/Entrepreneurship, Business Finance/Investing and International Business Planning/Marketing fulfills this requirement.

American Government

2


Required Electives

17

Successful completion of Critical Thinking is required for graduation and fulfills 1 elective credit.
World language courses taken prior to 9th grade qualify for graduation credit if a grade of C or higher is earned and fulfill elective credits.
Only 1 athletic fitness credit can be taken per semester.
Only 4 service credits can be earned in grades 9 through 12.  Service credits include classroom aides, library aides, and office aides. No more than 2 such credits may be taken in a given year. 

Total Credits

48




Additional Graduation Requirements


College Entrance Exam
a. Participation only.
b. Special Education students are required to participate unless otherwise stated in IEP.
c. Students enrolled in an LEP program for less than 3 academic years can request an exemption.
d. Students transferring from out of state during 12th grade can request an exemption.
e. School District can request an exemption for a student in extenuating circumstances.


Senior Project
a. Must include elements of research, development of thesis, and presentation.
b. Completion of a postsecondary certificate or degree or an approved internship/apprenticeship program may also meet this requirement.



Civics Exam
a. Passing grade of 60% is required.
b. Special Education students are required to pass the exam unless otherwise stated in IEP.
c. Any student who does not pass will be reassessed.
d. Any student transferring from out of state and enrolling after spring break of their senior year will be waived from taking the civics exam.
C-Core a.
Students must have a GPA average of 2.0 in the following 29 core classes: English, Speech, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and Health.

Course

Core Credits

Students who choose to use the 2.0 core as a means for demonstrating academic proficiency are advised that, when more than the required credits are taken in any content area, the highest grades will be used in computing the core GPA average.


English

8

Speech

1

Social Studies

7

Mathematics

6

Science

6

Health

1

Total

29


b. Students who do not meet the C-Core graduation requirement may alternately satisfy this requirement by meeting the following PSAT cut scores in order to demonstrate proficiency: i. Math 17.5 ii. Reading 17 iii. Writing 16 c. Students who do not meet the PSAT cut scores may alternately satisfy this requirement by passing the Option II tests for Math and ELA (reading and writing combined). Students are only required to test in the subject areas that were not passed. Students can take the Option II test up to 3 times. d. Students who do not pass the Option II test may alternately satisfy this requirement by passing the FOCUS class.


Early Graduation (Board Policy #2643)

Any high school student who successfully completes the graduation requirements established by the State and the District prior to completing eight semesters of high school work, may petition the Board to graduate early. 

Graduation Ceremony (Board Policy #2644)

Students must complete all graduation requirements prior to the graduation ceremony in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.  The Superintendent or designee may waive this requirement in extenuating circumstances.

Required Course Offerings by School (Board Policy #2112)

Some courses may not be offered at every school due to availability of staff, student enrollment, and/or appropriate facilities.