SJE Board Policy 2410 – Instruction

Administrative Procedure


High School Graduation Requirements


Prior to registering in high school, and each year thereafter each student and his/her parents or guardians will be provided with a copy of the graduation requirements in effect for that student (those in effect when the student enrolled in ninth grade unless ten years have elapsed). Graduation requirements shall also be included in the student handbook.


Each student is to develop, update as necessary, and initially have on file a high school completion plan approved by the parent. Counselors will provide assistance to incoming ninth graders and their families in developing educational plans. Changes in plans should normally reflect parent consent and should be submitted to the appropriate counselor. At the conclusion of each year the school will provide the student and his/her parents or guardians with a report which reflects the progress that has been made toward satisfying the graduation requirements. If progress is not normal, the school will identify alternative courses that can be taken to correct the deficiencies.


Required Subject Areas and Credits

The following credits and subject areas of study shall be required of each candidate for graduation:

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



#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.


*Algebra I


When Algebra I is taken during a student's 8th grade year, the course will count towards high school credit.  The letter grade and credit will appear on the student's official high school transcript, and will count towards the student's official G.P.A.  If a student chooses to retake the course in high school, the higher of the two grades will appear on the transcript.




The Pacific Northwest History course is required by state statute.  For students who take and pass the PNW course, during the 8th grade, the requirement is satisfied.  The course title and credit will be reflected on the student's official transcript as having been completed, indicated by a Pass/Fail.  The letter grade will not appear on the transcript and the course will not affect the student's official G.P.A.


*Parent permission will be required for this course (if taken during 8th grade) to appear on the transcript.  If a parent chooses to not give permission, then the course will not appear on the transcript and the course will be taken at the high school.


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:



Students shall be expected to earn a total of 25 credits in order to complete graduation requirements. For credit purposes, a class must meet for a total of 180 (50 minute) hours of planned instruction.


Waiver of Graduation Requirements

The following procedure shall be followed in graduation waiver requests:


A.        The principal is responsible for evaluating educational experiences of individual students and recommending graduation to the superintendent when requirements have been met.


An individual student may be granted an exemption from any requirement in this policy if such requirement impedes the progress toward graduation provided there is a direct relationship between the failure to meet the requirement and the student's ability. When a 12th grade student transfers from another high school, the student may be permitted to graduate with a lesser number of credits provided that minimum state-course and credit requirements are satisfied and the student successfully passes a full schedule of classes during his/her 12th year of school.


B.        Waiver of graduation requirements is determined by the principal. The procedure for processing requests for waiver shall be as follows:


            1.         Request shall be initiated by the parent or the eligible student.


            2.         The principal shall investigate the request for waiver of graduation requirements.


            3.         The principal shall make a determination in writing based upon appropriate data and upon conclusions of the investigation.


            4.         The principal shall develop appropriate record keeping procedures for storage of all pertinent data relating to each waiver request.


            5.         The parent or eligible student shall be notified that an appeal to the decision on waiver requests may be made in writing to the superintendent no later than 30 days prior to the anticipated graduation date.


            6.         All state statutory requirements must be satisfied except that Washington history and government, pursuant to WAC 180-51-075, and physical education, pursuant to RCW 28A.230.050, may be waived. In the latter instance, an individual student may be excused from physical education upon written request of a parent or guardian on account of physical disability, employment or religious belief or because of participation in directed athletics or military science and tactics. This shall not alter the credit requirements established by the board.




Alternative Programs

Credit toward graduation requirements may be granted for planned learning experiences primarily conducted away from the facilities owned, operated or supervised by a district.


A proposal for approval of out-of-school learning activities shall be submitted prior to the experience, shall be at no additional cost to the district, and shall include at least the following information:


A.        The objective(s) of the program;


B.        The teaching component(s) of the program, including where and when teaching activities will be conducted by school district certificated staff;


C.        A schedule of the duration of the program, including beginning and ending dates within the school year;


D.        A description of how student performance will be supervised, evaluated, and recorded by the certificated staff or by qualified school district employees under the direct supervision of the certificated staff;


E.         A description of intervention techniques and criteria for their use;


F.         Description of how student performance will be assessed;


G.        Qualifications of instructional personnel; and


H.        Plans for evaluation of program.


A list of approved programs shall be kept on file in the superintendent's office. Reasons for approval or disapproval shall be communicated to those making the request.


Credit for Work Experience

The use of work experience as a part of the educational program of students should be regarded as part of the secondary school curriculum rather than just a device to relieve a manpower shortage. The following are the bases upon which credit may be granted for work experience.


A.        The work program shall be supervised by the school.


B.        The work experience shall be specifically related to the school program of the student.


C.        Credit given for work experience shall represent growth in the student, and the type of work done should have definite educational value.


D.        The job in which experience is gained shall provide varied experience.


E.         A work experience program shall be supplemented by an adequate program of guidance, placement, follow-up and coordination between job and school by the career placement counselor.


F.         Work experience as a planned part of a school subject may be included in the credit given for that subject (e.g., sales training class).


G.        One work credit may be granted for not less than 405 hours of work experience related to a student's school program.


H.        A student participating shall be legally employed and must have passed his/her sixteenth birthday.


I.          An employer's report of the student's work record, indicating satisfactory progress on the job, shall be filed with the school.


J.         The regular state apprenticeship program, where the training is worked out cooperatively with the school and meets the standards for graduation requirements, is acceptable.


National Guard High School Career Training

Credit may be granted for National Guard high school career training in lieu of either required or elective high school credits. Approval by the district shall be obtained prior to a student's participation in a National Guard training program as follows:


A.        MIL Form 115 or an equivalent form now or hereafter provided by the national guard shall be completed and filed with the school district; and


B.        The number of credits toward high school graduation to be granted shall be calculated, agreed upon by the student and an authorized representative of the school district, and such agreement noted on MIL Form 115 or such equivalent form.


Credit toward high school graduation may be granted by the school district upon certification by a national guard training unit commander on the completion component of MIL Form 115 or such equivalent form that the student has met all program requirements.


Home School Credit

Guidelines for granting high school credit for home schooling are as follows:


A.        To gain credit for a course of study, a student shall provide:


            1.         a journal which reflects the actual work completed during a home-study course of study.


            2.         exhibit(s) of any specific projects completed (e.g., themes, research papers, art and/or shop projects); and/or


            3.         any such other performance-based exhibits of specific course-related accomplishments.


B.        To gain credit for a course of study, a student shall demonstrate proficiency at a minimum of 80% of the objectives of the course. Such testing shall be available as an ancillary service of the district if it is regularly available to all students. If not, the parent may engage district-approved personnel to conduct such an assessment at a cost to be determined by such personnel.


If a parent and/or student believes that the above process is excessively burdensome, the student, if eligible, may apply to take the test of General Educational Development.


Correspondence Courses

Credit for correspondence courses may be granted within the credit limitation, provided the following requirements are met:


A.        Prior permission has been granted by the principal.


B.        The program fits the educational plan submitted by the student.


C.        Credit is granted for the following approved schools:


            1.         Schools approved by the National University Continuing Education Association, or accredited by the National Home Study Council,


            2.         Community colleges, vocational-technical institutes, four-year colleges and universities and approved private schools in the state of Washington, and


            3.         Other schools or institutions which are approved by the district after evaluation for a particular course offering.


Graduation Ceremonies

If students fulfill graduation requirements by the end of the last term of their senior year, they may participate in graduation ceremonies.  Each student shall be awarded a diploma after satisfactorily completing local and state requirements. Upon request, each graduating student shall receive a final transcript. Each student shall be notified of this opportunity at least one month prior to the close of the school term.


Graduation ceremonies will be conducted in the following manner:


A.        Each participating student must participate in the graduation ceremony rehearsal. Each student who participates will purchase or rent the proper cap and gown as designated by the school administration and the class advisor and officers.


B.        Caps and gowns will be worn in the proper manner, as designated by the school administration and class advisor.


C.        Students who participate will be expected to use good taste in their choice of accessories for their attire.


D.        Each student who participates will be expected to cooperate with the class advisor and to participate in all parts of the graduation ceremonies.


E.         Failure to comply with the above requirements will automatically forfeit a student's privilege of participation in the graduation ceremonies.




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