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Graduation Requirements
File: IKF-R
The graduation requirements in this policy are organized into three sections:
  1. Graduation Requirements for Students in the Class of 2015
  2. Graduation Requirements for Students in the Class of 2016 through 2018
  3. Provisions Related to Graduation Requirements for all Classes

To earn a district high school diploma, a student must fulfill graduation requirements in each of four areas as outlined in this policy:

  1. Credit-Based Requirements
  2. State Testing Requirements
  3. High School and Beyond Plan Requirements
  4. Performance-Based Requirements

I. Graduation Requirements for Students in the Class of 2015

  1. Credit-Based Requirements
    The Lake Washington School District minimum subject areas and credits required for high school graduation for students in the Class of 2015 shall total 22 as listed below.
    1. Four English / language arts credits (reading, writing, and communications) that at minimum align with the state standards in English Language Arts. 
    2. Three mathematics credits in a progressive sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, that at minimum align with the state standards in mathematics. An equivalent CTE course can be taken for credit instead of Algebra I, or Geometry if the CTE course is recorded on the transcript using equivalent academic high school department designation and course title. A student may elect to pursue a third credit in mathematics other than Algebra II if the choice is based on a career-oriented course of study identified in the student’s High School and Beyond Plan.

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      o do so, the student’s parent / guardian (or designee) must agree that the third credit of mathematics is a more appropriate course than Algebra II because it better serves the student’s career goals. A meeting must be held with the student, the parent / guardian (or designee), and a high school representative to discuss the course and sign a form (Appendix F) acknowledging they understand the mathematics requirement for credit-bearing two and four year college level math courses, and that they believe the third credit of mathematics elected is a more appropriate course selection given the student’s education and career goals.
    3. Two science credits (physical, life, and earth) that at minimum align with the state standards in science. At least one credit in laboratory science is required.
    4. Three social studies credits that at minimum align with the state standards in social studies. The social studies requirement shall consist of the following mandatory courses or equivalencies:
      1. A minimum of one credit shall be required in United States history and government which shall include study of the Constitution of the United States. No other course content may be substituted as an equivalency for this requirement.
      2. Under the provisions of RCW 28A.230.170 and 28A.230.090, one-half credit shall be required in Washington State history and government which shall include study of the Constitution of the state of Washington and include information on the culture, history, and government of the American Indian people who were the first inhabitants of the state.
        1. For purposes of the Washington State history and government requirement only, the term "secondary student" shall mean a student who is in one of the grades seven through twelve. (RCW 28A.230.090(4)).
        2. The study of the United States and Washington State Constitutions shall not be waived, but may be fulfilled through an alternative learning experience approved by their principal.
        3. Secondary school students who have completed and passed a state history and government course of study in another state may have the Washington state history and government requirement waived by their principal.
        4. After completion of the tenth grade and prior to commencement of the eleventh grade, eleventh and twelfth grade students who transfer from another state, and who have or will have earned two credits in social studies at graduation, may have the Washington state history requirement waived by their principal if without such a waiver they will not be able to graduate with their class.
        5. One credit is required in contemporary world history, geography, and problems. Courses in economics, sociology, civics, political science, international relations, or related courses with emphasis on current problems may be accepted as equivalencies.
    5. Two health and fitness credits that at minimum align with the state standards in health and fitness.
      1. One half credit shall be met by a course covering the essential academic learning requirements at high school in health areas.
      2. One and one half credits of the fitness portion of the requirement shall be met by course work in physical education. In accordance with RCW 8A230.050, individual students may be excused from participating in physical education otherwise required under this section on account of physical disability, employment, or religious belief, or because of participation in directed athletics or military science and tactics or for good cause.  Students seeking to be excused from physical education must complete and submit a Request for Excuse from Physical Education – Class of 2013-2015 (Appendix D).  In accordance with WAC 180-51-066, such excused students shall be required to substitute equivalency credits in accordance with policies of the district, including demonstration of the knowledge portion of the fitness requirement.  Students seeking equivalency credit must complete and submit a Request for credit for Equivalency Course of Study (Appendix B).  As an alternative to equivalency credit, student may choose to demonstrate proficiency / competency in the knowledge portion of the fitness requirement through participation in a district-approve and administered assessment or other district-approved means of demonstrating proficiency, in accordance with written district policy (see section III, part B, number 6).
    6. One arts credit that at minimum align with the state standards in the arts. The essential content in this subject area may be satisfied in the visual or performing arts.
    7. One occupational education credit that at minimum align with state standards in occupational education. These expectations shall align with the definition of an exploratory course in the career and technical education program standards
    8. Six electives: Study in a world language other than English or study in a world culture may satisfy any or all of the required electives
      1. World Language Competency / Proficiency Credit:  In our state’s diverse communities, it is not unusual for students to have various opportunities to develop language skills, for example, through experiences of using the language at home, attendance at language programs offered in the community, learning online or time spent living abroad.  Students may seek credit in world language through such language learning opportunities available to them.  Students who wish to pursue competency / proficiency credit must sign up and pay a fee to participate in “Washington World Language Assessment Days.”  Through this state-sponsored program, students complete an assessment and receive a certificate of recognition signed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education (SBE), with a cover letter indicating proficiency levels attained in the tested language and high school credit equivalencies based on the state’s recommendations for competency-based credits.

        The district will award one or more credits based on the student demonstrating an overall proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines as follows:
        • Novice Mid – 1 credit
        • Novice High – 2 credits
        • Intermediate Low – 3 credits
        • Intermediate Mid – 4 credits
  2. State Testing Requirements
    Each student shall attain a certificate of academic achievement or certificate of individual achievement. The Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall determine the requirements for attainment.
    1. English Language Arts
      Pass the Reading and Writing High School Proficiency Exams (HSPEs) or 10th grade English Language Arts Exit Exam based on the Common Core State Standards of the 11th grade Smarter Balanced English Language Arts Test.
    2. Math
      Pass one End of Course (EOC) exam in Algebra or Geometry or the Algebra I or Geometry EOC Exit Exam based on the Common Core State Standards or the 11th grade Smarter Balanced Math test.
    3. Science
      Pass the Biology EOC exam.
  3. High School and Beyond Plan Requirements
    Each student shall have a high school and beyond plan for their high school experience, including what they expect to do the year following graduation.
  4. Performance-Based Graduation Requirements
    1. Performance Requirements
      In addition to the above requirements, the Lake Washington School District has established performance graduation requirements.  These performance requirements are designed to allow students to demonstrate his or her highest level of achievement and application of knowledge within a well-rounded, interdisciplinary program of study, through application of skills and concepts learned in credit bearing courses or alternative learning activities. Students must demonstrate competency by completing a literary analysis essay, a persuasive essay, and a cause-effect or compare-contrast essay. Students must also complete a formal science lab report and a mathematics problem solving and reasoning task.
    2. Monitoring and Assessment - Performance-Based Graduation Requirements
      Accomplishment of these requirements will be monitored and assessed by each school in accordance with district performance standards and guidelines, using scoring criteria standardized district-wide. Students will have multiple opportunities to write the required performance graduation requirement tasks within scheduled courses. If a student fails to meet proficiency, he / she may revise the work. The following are the parameters of the revision policy:
      • The work must be revised and resubmitted one time.
      • The work must be resubmitted to the teacher who assigned the essay.
      • Revised work must be turned in during a two-week window of time established by the teacher.
      • The revised work must be turned in with the original work and rubric attached.
      • Work may not be submitted for revision after the course and / or semester has ended and / or grades have been issued.
      • Revisions will be noted in the teacher’s grade book
    3. The following procedures are established for an appeal of the assessment of a student’s accomplishment of a component of one of the performance-based graduation standards requirements. These procedures must be followed in the order presented below.

      Process to Appeal - Performance-Based Graduation Requirements
      • A student / parent who wishes to appeal a non-proficient rating on a graduation requirement must first ensure the student has followed the in-building revision opportunity process (as outlined above) and has received the evaluation of the graduation requirement revision.
      • Within ten (10) school days of receiving the evaluated graduation requirement, the student and his / her parent / guardian must meet with the teacher to review the assessment of the assignment and resolve any issues which are raised. If the issues are not resolved, the student or his / her parent / guardian must request a review with the school principal or his / her designee. This request must occur on or prior to the first Friday in May, in order to be considered for participation in graduation ceremonies.
      • If the issue is not resolved , the student / parent may request a formal appeal. The Request Form for a Graduation Standards Requirement Appeal Appendix A), together with a copy of the Appeal Process will be furnished to the student or his / her parent / guardian by the principal / designee with an explanation of the process for seeking the appeal.
      • The principal will review the student's work / assessments to determine if the student should be granted the accomplishment of the assignment. The assignment will be compared against the standard. The student and parent / guardian will be notified of the decision within five (5) school days of receipt of the appeal.
      • Within five (5) school days of the receipt of the decision of the principal / designee the student and / or his / her parent / guardian may request a meeting to appeal to the principal’s supervisor. An appeal must be based upon a condition or circumstance which was allegedly caused by misinterpretation or inequitable application of district graduation standards. All appeal requests to the principal’s decision must occur prior to June 1, if the appeal impacts the student's ability to participate in graduation ceremonies of that year.
      • Notification of the supervisor's decision will be made in writing within five (5) days of the meeting. The decision of the supervisor will be final.

II. Graduation Requirements for Students in the Class of 2016 through 2018

  1. Credit-Based Graduation Requirements
    The Lake Washington School District minimum subject areas and credits required for high school graduation for students in the Class of 2016 through 2018, shall total 22 as listed below.
    1. Four English / language arts credits (reading, writing, and communications) that at minimum align with state standards in English Language Arts.  
    2. Three mathematics credits in a progressive sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II that at minimum align with the State standards in mathematics. An equivalent CTE course can be taken for credit instead of Algebra I, or Geometry if the CTE course is recorded on the transcript using equivalent academic high school department designation and course title. A student may elect to pursue a third credit in mathematics other than Algebra II if the choice is based on a career-oriented course of study identified in the student’s High School and Beyond Plan.

      To do so, the student’s parent / guardian (or designee) must agree that the third credit of mathematics is a more appropriate course than Algebra II because it better serves the student’s career goals. A meeting must be held with the student, the parent / guardian (or designee), and a high school representative to discuss the course and sign a form acknowledging they understand the mathematics requirement for credit-bearing two and four year college level math courses, and that they believe the third credit of mathematics elected is a more appropriate course selection given the student’s education and career goals.
    3. Two science credits (physical, life, and earth) that at minimum align with the state standards in science. At least one credit in laboratory science is required. 
    4. Three social studies credits (2.5 credits prescribed courses, plus a .5 credit social studies elective) and a noncredit requirement that at minimum align with the State standards in social studies.  The social studies requirement shall consist of the following mandatory courses or equivalencies:
      1. One credit shall be required in United States history.
      2. Successful completion of Washington State history and government shall be required, subject to the provisions of RCW 28A.230.170; RCW 28A.230.090 and WAC 392-410-120 and shall consider including information on the culture, history, and government of the American Indian peoples who were the first inhabitants of the state.  Successful completion must be noted on each student’s transcript.  The Washington State history and government requirement may be waived by the principal for students who: (i) have successfully completed a state history and government course of study in another state; or (ii) are in eleventh or twelfth grade and who have not completed a course of study in Washington’s history and state government because of previous residence outside the state.
      3. One credit shall be required in contemporary world history, geography, and problems.  Courses in economics, sociology, civics, political science, international relations, or related courses with emphasis on contemporary world problems may be accepted as equivalencies.
      4. One-half credit shall be required in civics and include at a minimum the content listed in RCW 28A.230.093.
    5. Two health and fitness credits that at minimum align with the state standards in health and fitness.
      1. One half credit shall be met by a course covering the essential academic learning requirements at high school in health areas. 
      2. One and one half credits of the fitness portion of the requirement shall be met by course work in physical education. In accordance with RCW 28A.230.050, individual students may be excused from participating in physical education otherwise required under this section on account of physical disability, employment, or religious belief, or because of participation in directed athletics or military science and tactics or for other good cause.  Students seeking to be excused from physical education must complete and submit a Request for Excuse from Physical Education – Class of 2016 and Beyond (Appendix E).  In accordance with WAC 180-51-067, such excused students shall be required to demonstrate proficiency / competency in the knowledge portion of the fitness requirement through participation in a district-approved and administered assessment or other district-approved means of demonstrating proficiency, in accordance with written district policy (see section III, part B , number 6).
    6. One arts credit that at minimum align with the state standards in the arts. The essential content in this subject area may be satisfied in the visual or performing arts. 
    7. One occupational education credit that at minimum align with state standards in occupational education. These expectations shall align with the definition of an exploratory course in the career and technical education program standards.
    8. Two world language credits in the same world language
      1. Alternatives to World Language Courses:  A student may elect to pursue credit in areas other than world language if the choice is based on a career-oriented course of study identified in the student’s High School and Beyond Plan.  To do so, the student’s parent / guardian (or designee) must agree that credit in other areas is more appropriate than world language because it better serves the student’s career goals.  A meeting must be held with the student, the parent / guardian (or designee), and a high school representative to discuss and sign a form (Appendix G) acknowledging they understand the world language requirement is a college-entrance requirement and that they believe that other alternate course selections are more appropriate given the student’s education and career goals.
      2. World Language Competency / Proficiency Credit: In our state’s diverse communities, it is not unusual for students to have various opportunities to develop language skills, for example, through experiences of using the language at home, attendance at language programs offered in the community, learning online, or time spent living abroad.  Students may seek credit in world language through such language learning opportunities available to them.  Students who wish to pursue competency / proficiency credit must sign up and pay a fee to participate in for “Washington World Language Assessment Days.”  Through this state-sponsored program, students complete an assessment and receive a certificate of recognition signed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education (SBE), with a cover letter indicating proficiency levels attained in the tested language and high school credit equivalencies based on the state’s recommendations for competency-based credits.  

        The district will award one or more credits based on the student demonstrating an overall proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines as follows:
        • Novice Mid – 1 credit
        • Novice High – 2 credits
        • Intermediate Low – 3 credits
        • Intermediate Mid – 4 credits
    9. Four elective credits
  2. State Testing Requirements
    Each student shall attain a certificate of academic achievement or certificate of individual achievement.  The Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall determine the requirements for attainment.
    1. English Language Arts (Class of 2016)
      Pass the Reading and Writing High School Proficiency Exams (HSPEs) or 10th grade English Language Arts Exit Exam based on the Common Core State Standards of the 11th grade Smarter Balanced English Language Arts Test.
    2. English Language Arts (Class of 2017 and 2018
      Pass the 10th grade English Language Arts Exit Exam based on the Common Core State Standards or the 11th grade Smarter Balanced English Language Arts Test.
    3. Math
      Pass one End of Course (EOC) exam in Algebra or Geometry or the Algebra I or Geometry EOC Exit Exam based on the Common Core State Standards or the 11th grade Smarter Balanced Math test.
    4. Science
      Pass the Biology EOC exam or Comprehensive Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) test.  The state timeline of implementation / assessment of NGSS is undetermined at this time.
  3. High School and Beyond Plan Requirements
    Each student shall have a high school and beyond plan for their high school experience, including what they expect to do the year following graduation.
  4. Performance-Based Graduation Requirements
    1. Performance Requirements
      In addition to the above requirements, the Lake Washington School District has established performance graduation requirements.  These performance requirements are designed to allow students to demonstrate his or her highest level of achievement and application of knowledge within a well-rounded, interdisciplinary program of study, through application of skills and concepts learned in credit bearing courses or alternative learning activities.  Students must demonstrate competency by completing a literary analysis essay, a persuasive essay, and a cause-effect or compare-contrast essay. Students must also complete a formal science lab report and a mathematics problem solving and reasoning task.
    2. Monitoring and Assessment - Performance-Based Graduation Requirements
      Accomplishment of these requirements will be monitored and assessed by each school in accordance with district performance standards and guidelines, using scoring criteria standardized district-wide. Students will have multiple opportunities to write the required performance graduation requirement tasks within scheduled courses. If a student fails to meet proficiency, he / she may revise the work. The following are the parameters of the revision policy:
      • The work must be revised and resubmitted one time.
      • The work must be resubmitted to the teacher who assigned the essay.
      • Revised work must be turned in during a two-week window of time established by the teacher.
      • The revised work must be turned in with the original work and rubric attached.
      • Work may not be submitted for revision after the course and / or semester has ended and / or grades have been issued.
      • Revisions will be noted in the teacher’s grade book.
    3. The following procedures are established for an appeal of the assessment of a student’s accomplishment of a component of one of the performance-based graduation standards requirements. These procedures must be followed in the order presented below.

      Process to Appeal - Performance-Based Graduation Requirements
      • A student / parent who wishes to appeal a non-proficient rating on a graduation requirement must first ensure the student has followed the in-building revision opportunity process (as outlined above) and has received the evaluation of the graduation requirement revision.
      • Within ten (10) school days of receiving the evaluated graduation requirement, the student and his / her parent / guardian must meet with the teacher to review the assessment of the assignment and resolve any issues which are raised. If the issues are not resolved, the student or his / her parent / guardian must request a review with the school principal or his / her designee. This request must occur on or prior to the first Friday in May, in order to be considered for participation in graduation ceremonies.
      • If the issue is not resolved , the student / parent may request a formal appeal. The Request Form for a Graduation Standards Requirement Appeal Appendix A), together with a copy of the Appeal Process will be furnished to the student or his / her parent / guardian by the principal / designee with an explanation of the process for seeking the appeal.
      • The principal will review the student's work / assessments to determine if the student should be granted the accomplishment of the assignment. The assignment will be compared against the standard. The student and parent / guardian will be notified of the decision within five (5) school days of receipt of the appeal.
      • Within five (5) school days of the receipt of the decision of the principal / designee the student and / or his / her parent / guardian may request a meeting to appeal to the principal’s supervisor. An appeal must be based upon a condition or circumstance which was allegedly caused by misinterpretation or inequitable application of district graduation standards. All appeal requests to the principal’s decision must occur prior to June 1, if the appeal impacts the student's ability to participate in graduation ceremonies of that year. Notification of the supervisor's decision will be made in writing within five (5) days of the meeting. The decision of the supervisor will be final.

III. Provisions Related to Graduation Requirements

  1. Special Circumstances
    1. Granting High School Graduation for Students with Special Educational Needs
      No student shall be denied the opportunity to earn a high school diploma solely because of limitations on the student's ability. A student's IEP team shall consider the graduation requirements for inclusion in the student's IEP when a student with a disability registers for grade 9. An IEP team shall also consider the student's transition plan when determining which of the required and elective content standards will be included in the student's IEP.

      For a high school student with an IEP, the student's IEP team shall:
      • Determine whether the student will pursue graduation performance requirements with or without modification.
      • Determine whether one or more of the performance requirements will be modified to an individual level. When an requirement is modified, the student's IEP team shall define appropriate assessment of the modified requirement.
      • Determine whether the student is exempt from one or more of the performance requirements. When exempt status is adopted for a performance requirement, the team shall determine whether or not a different standard or IEP goal specific to the learning area is appropriate and shall include that goal in the student's plan.
    2. Granting High School Graduation for Students with Section 504 Accommodation Plan
      No student shall be denied the opportunity to earn a high school diploma solely because of limitations on the student’s ability,.  A student’s Section 504 Accommodation Plan team shall consider the graduation requirements for inclusion in the student’s Section 504 Accommodation Plan when a student with disability registers for grade 9.

      For a high school student with a Section 504 Accommodation Plan, the students’ Section 504 Accommodation team shall determine whether the student will pursue graduation performance requirements with or without accommodation(s).
    3. Variations for students served by English Language Learning Program
      Students served by our English Language Learning program will be provided opportunity to complete each of the performance graduation requirements. Graduation requirements for these students shall be as stated unless modified in an individual graduation plan developed and annually reviewed by a team including school staff, teachers of the student, parents or guardians of the student, and the student. Specifications for standards in the performance standards shall not be modified to permit completion in a language other than English.
  2. Course of Study
    1. District Application of State Requirements
      The course content and the determination of which courses satisfy particular state and subject area requirements and whether a particular course may satisfy more than one subject area requirement for different students shall be determined by the district.
    2. Course of Studies and Related Sequences
      It is the responsibility of the principal to provide courses of studies and related sequences which prepare students to accomplish the district graduation requirements and to allow any student who wishes to put forth the necessary effort, to meet college admissions entrance requirements. Each high school will identify clearly to students and their parents, those courses which meet the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs), for College Admissions to in state, post-secondary four year institution. 

      High schools may make exceptions to these courses of studies and related sequences for high school students who:
      • Transfer into the state and have already earned five or more credits but who shall not be able to make normal progress toward graduation with their class without an exception.
      • Fail a course and jointly enroll in the failed course and another course in the same subject area if such other course does not require the failed course as a prerequisite and the students are not able to make normal progress toward graduation with their class without an exception. 
      • Have mastered the content of any given course or have successfully received credits under the state mandated Running Start Program, may be granted an exemption from the course of studies and related sequences by the high school principal.
    3. High School Credit – Definition
      Students will earn credits in courses taken or as defined below from post-secondary institutions and from accredited private school. These credits will be recorded on the student's transcript for communicating coursework to post-secondary institutions. The term "high school credit," the equivalency of one-year of study, shall be defined in accordance with WAC 180-51-050:
      1. At the high school level, 150 hours of planned instruction equals one high school credit. Planned instruction includes educationally related activities that are conducted in and out of school; or, satisfactory demonstration by a student of established standards pursuant to this policy.
      2. At the adult education level, 180 (50 minute) hours of planned in-school instruction or 9,000 minutes; or, in lieu thereof, 90 (50-minute) hours or more of planned in school instruction and three hours of planned individual study homework substituted for each (50 minute) hour of in-school instruction less than 180 equal(s) one high school credit; and
      3. At the college or university level, five quarter hours or three semester hours may equal up to 1.00 high school credit depending upon course content equivalency.
      4. High school credits from community and technical colleges may be earned by juniors and seniors through the Running Start Program. If accepted into this program, WAC 180-51-050 provides for the conversion of college credits to high school credits at the rate of one high school credit for five-college quarter or three college semester hour credits.
      5. The professional judgment of the building principal or designee will determine whether or not a credit meets the district's standard for recognition and acceptance of a credit.
    4. High School Credit from accredited public or private secondary credit providing institutions for students concurrently enrolled in district High Schools.
      For students currently enrolled in district schools, the principal may accept credits for high school graduation from a non-district public high school; or an accredited private school; or from a post-secondary institution providing non college credit. Acceptance of such credit is limited to 3 credits for courses offered by the district high school.  In addition, classes may also be accepted if the student is not able to take the class in his / her high school because of scheduling conflicts, or because the class is not available in his / her high school. To be accepted for credit the student and or his / her parents must:
      1. Be already enrolled with a full load in district schools
      2. Complete a written proposal (Appendix C) for approval of credit for the class which is submitted to the principal for preapproval. 
      3. The proposal must be preapproved to be eligible for district acceptance of credit prior to the taking of the class and contain the following:
        1. Name of class,
        2. Objectives,
        3. Length of time,
        4. Description of how credits shall be determined,
        5. Content outline of program and / or major learning,
        6. Description of how student performance shall be assessed,
        7. Qualifications of instructional personnel, and
        8. Reason the class cannot be taken in a district high school.

          The professional judgment of the building principal or designee will determine whether or not a credit meets the district's standard for recognition and acceptance.
    5. Equivalency Credit for Alternative Learning Experiences, Non-High School Courses, Work Experience, Community Service, and Challenges
      It is the principal's responsibility to provide for the awarding of equivalency credit for alternative learning experiences, non-high school courses, work experience, community service, and challenges. High school credits may be given and recorded on the transcript.  The principal may grant high school graduation credit for planned learning experiences conducted away from the school. Examples of planned learning experiences are travel study, work-study, community service, private lessons, distance learning, etc. One credit is awarded on the basis of 150 (60 minutes) hours of instruction. Beginning with the Class of 2016, students may not seek equivalency credit in physical education; instead, students who request to be excused from PE under RCW 28A230.050 must demonstrate proficiency / competency in the knowledge portion of the fitness requirement through participation in a district-approved and administered assessment.  Persons requesting the granting of credit for out-of-school learning activities are to complete a written proposal (Appendix B) for approval of credit submitted to the principal. This proposal is to be submitted prior to the experience and contain the following:
      1. Name of course / program,
      2. Objectives,
      3. Length of time,
      4. Description of how credits shall be determined,
      5. Content outline of program and / or major learning,
      6. Description of how student performance shall be assessed,
      7. Qualifications of instructional personnel, and
      8. Plans for evaluation of program.

        The professional judgment of the building principal or designee will determine whether or not an experience or a challenge meets the district's standard for recognition and acceptance.
    6. Physical Education Excuse and Proficiency / Competency Demonstration
      Individual students requesting to be excused from coursework in Physical Education (PE) must complete the appropriate “Request for Excuse from Physical Education” for their graduating class (Appendix D or E). The form is to be submitted to the principal or designee for approval.
  3. Procedural Process - Graduation Requirements
    1. Requirements for Graduation
      Changes in graduation requirements shall be made in accordance with state requirements (WAC 180-51-035).
    2. Copies of Graduation Requirements for Each Year
      Each high school shall keep on file, for student and public inspection, a copy of the state board and district rules and regulations regarding high school graduation requirements and procedures for equivalencies applicable for the school year, including the preceding ten years.
  4. Progress Reports
    1. Yearly Graduation Information and Progress Report
      Commencing with the beginning of the ninth grade and each year thereafter, each high school shall provide each student and his / her parents or guardians with a copy of the high school graduation requirements applicable to each student and a progress report at the close of each school year thereafter of each individual student's progress toward meeting those requirements. If a student is not making normal progress toward such requirements, the high school shall notify the student and parents or guardians of alternative education experiences, including summer school opportunities.
 
Approved:
6/5/00
 
Revised:
1/12/04
1/05/05
5/18/05
5/18/09
6/22/09
6/20/11
9/10/12
8/05/13
01/13/14
06/23/14
 
Forms:
Appendix A, Request for Appeal of Performance Graduation Standards Requirement Results
Appendix B, Request for Credit for Equivalency Course of Study
Appendix C, Request for Acceptance – Out of District Credit
Appendix D, Request for Excuse from Physical Education – Class of 2013-15
Appendix E, Request for Excuse from Physical Education – Class of 2016 and Beyond
Appendix F, Class of 2013 & Beyond, Request for Third Credit of High School Level Mathematics other than Algebra 2 (Advanced Algebra)
Appendix G, Class of 2016 & Beyond, Request for Alternatives to World Language Courses
 
LEGAL REFS.:
RCW 28A.230, generally

RCW 28A.655, generally
WAC 180-51, generally

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