SJE Board Policy 2410 – Instruction

 

High School Graduation Requirements

 

Each student who has successfully completed an instructional program appropriate to his/her interests and needs shall be awarded a diploma at graduation ceremonies. The board shall award a regular high school diploma to every student enrolled in the district who meets the requirements of graduation established by the district. Only one diploma shall be awarded with no distinctions being made between the various programs of instruction which may have been pursued.

 

The board has established the following requirements as minimum for receiving a diploma from St. John-Endicott High School:

 

Class of 2012

 

            English                                                4.0       credits

            Mathematics                                        2.0       credits             

            Social Studies                                      3.5       credits

            Science (1 credit in laboratory science)        2.0       credits              (See note #2)

            Occupational Education                      3.0       credits              (See note #3)

            Health and Fitness                              2.0       credits              (See note #4)

            Arts                                                     1.0       credit

            Electives                                              7.5       credits

25.0        Total Credits

 

Class of 2013 and Beyond

 

English                                                4.0       credits

            Mathematics                                        3.0       credits              (See note #1)

            Social Studies                                      3.5       credits

            Science (1 credit in laboratory science)        2.0       credits              (See note #2)

            Occupational Education                      3.0       credits              (See note #3)

            Health and Fitness                              2.0       credits              (See note #4)

            Arts                                                     1.0       credit

            Electives                                              6.5       credits

25        Total Credits

Notes:

#1 – Must include at least Algebra, Geometry or Algebra II.

#2 – Must include one full year (both semesters) of lab science.

#3 – Includes Introduction To Technology (ITT), Money Management/Careers, and an elective.

#4 – Up to 0.5 credit can be waived for participation in three or more completed sports season

         during the Freshman and/or Sophomore year.

 

*A student may receive high school credit for courses taken before attending high school as provided under RCW 28A.230.090.

 

Additional Requirements for Class of 2012

Additional requirements must be obtained in order to receive a diploma:

 

Additional Requirements for Class of 2013 and Beyond

Additional requirements must be obtained in order to receive a diploma:

 

 

A credit is defined as 180 (50 minute) hours of planned in-school instruction excluding passing time. A Carnegie unit (180 hours/50 minute) is required unless a waiver process has occurred. No student may earn more than one credit/year to satisfy the state board requirements in English, Mathematics and Science except as provided in WAC 180-51-065. The board shall approve additional graduation requirements as recommended by the superintendent.

 

A student who is earning a high school diploma from the district through enrollment in a community college high school completion program is required to meet the district's graduation requirements provided in this policy.  This district will award 1.0 high school credits for every five quarter hour credit or three semester hour credit of community college high school completion course work the student successfully completes.  Students of the district who are under age eighteen or whose class has not yet graduated may not enroll in a community college high school completion program without a written release issued by the principal of the high school they attend or would attend if enrolled in the district.

 

The superintendent shall develop procedures for implementing this policy which include:

 

A.        Recommending course and credit requirements which satisfy the state board of education requirements and recognize the expectations of the citizens of the district.

 

B.        Determining which courses satisfy particular subject area requirements and whether a particular course may satisfy more than one subject area requirement.

 

C.        Making graduation requirements available in writing to students, parents and members of the public;

 

D.        Providing for a waiver of graduation requirements for an individual student except for U.S. History and Washington State History (Grades 9-11 students);

 

E.         Granting credit for learning experiences conducted away from school, including National Guard high school career training;

 

F.         Granting credit for correspondence, vocational-technical institutes and/or college courses; for college or university course work the district has agreed to accept for high school credit, state law requires that the district award one high school credit for every five quarter hour credit or three semester hour credit successfully earned through a college or university, except for community college high school completion programs where the district awards the diploma;

 

G.        Granting credit for work experience;

 

H.        Granting credit based upon competence testing, in lieu of enrollment;

 

I.          Granting credit for high school courses completed before a student attended high school, to the extent that the course work exceeded the requirements for seventh or eighth grade.

 

J.         Counseling of students to know what is expected of them for completion of their schooling;

 

K.        Preparing a list of all graduating students for the information of the board and release to the public;

 

L.         Preparing suitable diplomas and final transcripts for graduating seniors;

 

M.       Planning and executing graduation ceremonies; and

 

A student shall be issued a diploma after completing the district's requirements for graduation. A student shall also be advised that he/she may receive a final transcript if requested prior to July1 following graduation.

 

However, a student's diploma may be withheld until the student pays for any school property that has been lost or willfully damaged. Upon payment for damages, or the equivalency through voluntary work, the diploma will be released. When the damages or fines do not exceed $100, the student or his/her parents shall have the right to an appeal using the same process as used for short-term suspension  (Board Policy 3241 (8)). When damages are in excess of $100, the appeal process for long term suspension (Board Policy 3241 (9)) shall apply.

 

Graduation requirements in effect when a student first enrolls in high school shall be in effect until that student graduates unless such period is in excess of ten years.

 

In the event that other forms of corrective actions are imposed for violations of school rules, the student may be denied participation in graduation ceremonies. Such exclusion shall be regarded as a school suspension. In such instances, the diploma will be granted.

 

Cross References:

(cf. 3520 Student Fees, Fines, Charges

 

Legal References:

RCW 28A.230.090 High school graduation requirements or equivalencies--Reevaluation and report by state board of education--Credit for courses taken before attending high school--Postsecondary credit equivalencies

RCW 28A.230.120 Option to receive final transcripts--Notice

RCW 28A.600.300-400 Running Start

RCW 28A.635.060 Defacing or injuring school property--Liability of parent or guardian

WAC 180-50 Courses of studies and equivalencies

WAC 180-51 High school graduation requirements

WAC 180-57 Secondary Education--Standardized high school transcript

WAC 392-169 Running Start

 

Management Resources:

PNA 9904.01  Variations complicate college credit equivalencies

 

 

Adoption Date:  5-23-11

St. John - Endicott Cooperative Schools