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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements At a Glance:

  • 24 Credits
  • Graduation Pathway for Math and English Language Arts (formerly state testing)
  • High School and Beyond Plan
  • Washington State History
  • Community Service - 40 hours (Waived for the class of 2023 and 2024)

Specifics:

Credits

Graduation Pathways

All students must complete a Graduation Pathway to graduate. These pathways are the demonstration of meeting standards in English and Math. Many students will demonstrate standard in more than one way, completing multiple pathways. The completion of a pathway is indicated on a transcript as "met" or "not met."

1. State Assessment: Meet or exceed the graduation scores in the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics or in WA-AIM (Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement).

2. Dual Credit: Earn at least one high school credit in ELA and at least one high school credit in math in dual credit courses (Running Start, College in the High School, and/or Career and Technical Education dual credit courses).

3. AP/IB/Cambridge: For both ELA and math, earn a 3 or higher on certain Advanced Placement (AP) exams or pass the course with at least a C+ both semesters.

The AP courses that meet this option in English language arts are:

    • English Language and Composition
    • English Literature and Composition
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • Psychology
    • United States History
    • World History
    • United States Government and Politics
    • Comparative Government and Politics

The AP courses that meet this option in math are:

    • Statistics
    • Computer Science A
    • Computer Science Principles
    • Calculus

Score a 4 or higher on certain International Baccalaureate (IB) exams or an E on certain Cambridge International exams as documented by a previously attended school.

4. SAT/ACT: Meet or exceed the graduation scores set by the State Board of Education in the math and/or ELA portions of the SAT or ACT.

5. Transition Course: Pass a transition course in ELA and math (for example, a Bridge to College course) which allows a student to place directly into a credit-bearing college level course.

6. Combination: Meet any combination of at least one ELA and one math option of those options listed in 1- 5.

7. ASVAB: Meet standard on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) by scoring at least the minimum established by the military for eligibility to serve in a branch of the armed services.*

8. CTE Sequence: Complete a sequence of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses totaling at least 2.0 credits in the same program area and providing an industry-recognized credential or college credit.*

*Note: Students who pursue the ASVAB or CTE Sequence do not need to meet English and math requirements separately. English and math content are embedded in both pathways—and a student who meets either the ASVAB standard or the CTE pathway requirements has met the graduation pathway requirement.

 

High School and Beyond Plan

The High School and Beyond plan is a formal process designed to help students think about their future and select course work that will best prepare them for their post high school goals. Students create their High School and Beyond plan in cooperation with parents/guardians and school staff. Some of the elements included in the plan are:

• Their goals for high school—what their four years of high school look like, including classes, extracurricular activities, sports, a job, etc.

• Their goals for immediately after high school—a student’s plan should include research on postsecondary training and the classes needed to prepare for a 2-4 year college, vocational or technical school, certificate program, military, or the workforce.

 

Washington State History

The Washington State History requirement is satisfied with a passing grade in 7th grade WA State History, or through a non-credit alternative completed at the high school.

 

Community Service

Students are required to complete 40 hours of community service by graduation. Stay on track by planning to complete 10 hours each year of high school. This requirement is waived for the class of 2023 and class of 2024. The district has not announced any policy change, reduction of hours, or elimination of the requirement for the class of 2025 and beyond - these students should plan on meeting the requirement.

 

 

Note: graduation requirements for all Special Education students are determined by the contents of the student’s Individual Education Plan.