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)

The following are the minimum required credits for graduation for the class of 2013 and beyond. These requirements are outlined in Board Policy #2640.

 

Subjects

Credits

 

English

8


Speech

1

1 credit any grade, 9-12 (Debate also satisfies the Speech 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.  

Science

6

Successful completion of Physical Science 9; Biology, Accelerated Biology, or AP® Biology; and 2 additional credits of science taken in grades 9-12 fulfills this requirement. 

Health

1

Health taken in grades 7, 8, 9 does not fulfill this requirement; 2 credits of Orientation to Health Professions also fulfills requirement

Physical Ed

2

No on-line courses (IDLA or other) are approved for PE 9-12.

U.S. History 9

2

Successful completion of US History 9 is required for graduation and fulfills 2 Humanities credits

U.S. History 11

2


Economics

1

Completion of all of the following also meets this requirement: Mktg. 1, Mktg. 2, Mktg. 3 and Mktg. 4

American Government

2


Required Electives

17

French 1 and Spanish 1 taken in 7th and 8th grades qualify for graduation credit. Successful completion of Critical Thinking is required for graduation and fulfills 1 elective credit.


Total Credits

48




Credit Maximums

The following are the maximum number of credits to be counted toward graduation in each of these classifications:

  • One athletic fitness credit per semester in grades 10-12 after completion of the Physical Education requirement.
  • Four service credits in grades 9 through 12. Service credits include classroom aides, library aides, and office aides. No more than two such credits may be taken in a given year.


Core of Instruction

Students must pass all 48 credits in order to graduate. Additionally, they must either have a 2.0 grade point average* (GPA) in the following core classes*, meet the District's PSAT cut score or successfully complete the Focus class.


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


*When computing the core GPA average the highest grades in each content area will be used.


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.

Definitions:

*Core Classes - Classes for which students must demonstrate "academic proficiency".