High School Graduation Requirements - Graduating Class of 2021 and Beyond - Procedures - 2410-P2021

Mukilteo School District
Instruction - Series 2000
High School Graduation Requirements - Procedures 2410-P

Graduating Class of 2021 and Beyond

Publication of Graduation Requirements

Prior to registering in high school, and each year thereafter, each student and their parent or guardian 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.) Graduation requirements shall also be included in the student handbook.

High School Completion 

The requirements for students to graduate from high school are:

  1. Earn a minimum of 24.0 credits
  2. Create a High School and Beyond Plan
  3. Demonstrate career and college readiness through one of eight graduation pathway options that align with students' high school and beyond plans (HSBPs), in keeping with rules adopted by the State Board of Education.

Students in the Class of 2021 qualifying for special education services may earn a Certificate of Individual Achievement as determined by their Individualized Education Plan.

Guidelines

  1. Credits

    Students must earn a total of 24.0 credits in order to graduate from high school.

    Mukilteo School District Credit Requirements


    Class of 2021 and Beyond

    English

       

    4.0

     


    English I

    1.0

     

     

    English II

    1.0

     

     

    English III

    1.0

     

     

    English IV or District-approved alternative

    1.0

     

    Social Studies1

     

     

    3.0

     

    Contemporary World History, Geography & Problems

    1.0

     

     

    U.S. History

    1.0

     

     

    Civics

    0.5

     

     

    Social Studies Elective (or District-approved alternative)  

    0.5

     

     

    Washington State History

    Non-Credit

     

    Mathematics2

     

     

    3.0

     

    Algebra I

    1.0

     

     

    Geometry

    1.0

     

     

    Third Credit of High School Math

    1.0

     

    Science3

     

     

    3.0

     

    Lab Science

    2.0

     

     

    Science

    1.0

     

    Career & Technical

     

    1.0

    Arts4

     

     

    2.0

    World Language5

     

     

    2.0

    Health & Fitness

     

    2.0

    Electives

     

     

    4.0

    Total

     

     

    24.0

    1Students must have successfully completed a course in Pacific Northwest History/Washington Studies in 7th/8th grade; otherwise, they must complete Washington State Studies as part of the social studies graduation requirement.

    2The third credit of high school math is based on the student's High School and Beyond Plan approved by the student and the parent or guardian, or a school counselor or school principal.

    3The third credit of science is based on the subject's High School and Beyond Plan, and approved by the student and the parent or guardian, or a school counselor or principal.

    4Up to 1.0 of arts credit may be replaced with a Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR). A PPR is a locally-determined course that leads to a specific post-high school career outcome chosen by the student, based on the student's interest and High School and Beyond Plan.

    5Up to 2.0 of world language credits may be replaced with PPR as described above.

    The principal or designee is responsible for determining which credits will be recognized by the District for students enrolling from another Washington State-approved learning program (public school, approved private school or home school), or from out-of-state, or out-of-country public or private school programs. Credits from another Washington public school or accredited private school or accredited out-of-state public or private school shall be accepted to the extent the credit matches a District graduation requirement, or may be counted as an elective credit. Credits from unaccredited programs or home schools shall be evaluated as described below for home school students. Decisions of the principal or designee are final unless appealed to the Executive Director of Secondary Education or designee within fifteen (15) school days of communication to the parent or guardian of the credit decision.

    Credit Increments

    0.5

    The credit value of a semester-long course, and the minimum increment in which credit is granted.

    1.0

    The credit value of a two semester (full-year) class.

    3.0

    The usual number of credits a student will earn in a semester taking a full schedule of classes and passing all of the classes.

    6.0

    The usual number of credits a student will earn in a school year taking a full schedule of classes and passing all of the classes.

    Credits and Progress Toward Graduation

    6.0

    The minimum number of credits a student should have earned before the start of 10th grade to be considered on-track for graduation.

    12.0

    The minimum number of credits a student should have earned before the start of 111h grade to be considered on-track for graduation.

    18.0

    The minimum number of credits a student should have earned before the start of 12th grade to be considered on-track for graduation.

     

  2. The High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP)

    Students must develop and update as necessary a High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP). The HSBP shall cover all four years of high school and the student’s post-graduation. Counselors and staff will provide assistance to incoming ninth graders and their families in developing the initial HSBP. At the conclusion of each school year, the school will provide the student and their parent or guardian with a report reflecting the progress made toward satisfying the HSBP and graduation requirements. If progress is below standard expectations, the school will identify alternative courses, placements or interventions that can be taken to correct the deficiencies.

  3. Graduation Pathways

    Student must demonstrate career and college readiness through one of eight graduation pathway options that align with students' high school and beyond plans (HSBPs), in keeping with rules adopted by the State Board of Education. These pathways include:

    https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/graduation/graduation-requirements/hb-1599-multiple-pathways-graduation

    • meet or exceed the graduation standard established by the SBE on the statewide high school assessments in ELA and mathematics;
    • complete and qualify for college credit in dual credit courses in ELA and mathematics;
    • earn high school credit in a high school transition course that meets specific requirements in ELA and mathematics;
    • earn high school credit, with a C+ grade, or receiving a 3 or higher on the AP exam, or equivalent, in specified AP, IB, or Cambridge international courses in ELA and mathematics, or earning a 4 or higher on IB exams;
    • meet or exceed the scores established by the SBE for the mathematics portion and the reading, English, or writing portion of the SAT or ACT;
    • meet any combination of at least one ELA option and at least one mathematics option established in the previous bullets;
    • meet standards in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery; and
    • complete a sequence of career and technical education courses, including those leading to workforce entry, state or nationally approved apprenticeships, or postsecondary education, that meet specific criteria.

Teacher/Office Assistant (TA/OA) Credit

Teacher/office assistantships are offered for the purpose of teaching work-related skills and responsibilities. Teacher/office assistantships are not for advanced study. Individualized advanced study needs are met through independent study, internships, work-based learning experiences, with specific course codes and titles.

Students may earn a maximum of 1.0 elective credit for approved teacher/office assistantships. A 0.5 credit shall be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 82 hours (or 82 periods) of service during the semester. Essential Academic Learning Requirements and general work skills (WAC 180-51-061 6) that the student will learn and be able to do as a result of the teacher/office assistantship must be identified and assessed. The student and staff supervisor must agree on the performance expectations for the TA/OA.

The grade shall be pass/fail only and not be calculated in the grade point average.

If a student serves as a TA/OA as part of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the student's IEP goals will determine learning activities and tasks assigned.  Under the terms of an IEP, a letter grade may be assigned.

Waiver Of Graduation Requirements

The following procedure shall apply to graduation waiver requests:

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

    When a 12th grade student transfers from another public, private or international 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 their 12th year of school. This is a limited exception based on the unique program of the student and their prior school.

  2. Waiver of graduation requirements is determined by the principal as follows:

    1. A request shall be initiated by the parent/guardian or the eligible student.

    2. The principal shall investigate the request.

    3. The principal shall make a determination in writing upon conclusion of the investigation and shall notify the parent/guardian and student.

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

    5. The parent/guardian or eligible student may appeal the waiver decision in writing to the Superintendent no later than 30 school days after receipt of the principal decision.

    6. All State requirements must be satisfied except that Washington history and government may be waived for students who have completed and passed a state history and government course in another state during grades seven through twelve and who have fulfilled study of the Washington State constitution through an alternative learning experience approved by the principal.

    7. The physical fitness credit requirement may be waived upon written request of a parent or guardian based on a student’s physical disability, employment or religious belief, or because of participation in directed athletics, or military science and tactics, or for other good cause (RCW 28A.230.050). Students that are granted waivers shall be required to substitute equivalency credits (22.5 credits required for graduation) and demonstrate knowledge of the Essential Learnings of the fitness requirement (WAC 180-51-061).

      Students participating in directed athletics, including community-based organized athletics, may be eligible to receive a waiver of a maximum 1.0 credits of the total 1.5 physical fitness credit requirement.  Students may complete the application process as outlined under either School or Community-Directed Athletics and turn it into the Counseling Office by the end of the season, or no later than the end of the next semester. Approval of the waiver is determined by the building principal and the principal’s decision is final.  There are no appeals.  Waiver applications are held by the Counseling Center and processed for the student transcript in the junior year.   

      ORGANIZED ATHLETICS

      • School-Directed
         
        1. One school-directed sports season (minimum of ninety documented hours) will equate to a 0.5 PE waiver.

        2. Students must pick up and complete a School-Directed Waiver Application Form from the Counseling Center for eligibility. Completed and signed waiver forms must be submitted to the Counseling Center at the conclusion of the sports season, but no later than the end of the next school semester.

      • Community-Directed

        1. Community-directed activity” is defined as:
          • An activity that has a coach or program supervisor
          • The activity has specific goals/objectives
          • Activity includes conditioning activities
          • The activity must have a defined season
          • The activity includes competitions/contests
        2. Students must pick up and complete a Community-Directed Waiver Application Form from the Counseling Center for eligibility. Completed and signed waiver forms must be submitted to the Counseling Center at the conclusion of the sports season, but no later than the end of the next school semester.

        3. Students must submit to the Counseling Center an activity log documenting a minimum of ninety hours of activity that is signed by the coach/adult supervisor. 

          Please see each high school’s course guide for any additional specific requirements.

    8. A special education 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 limitation.  (WAC 180-51-115)

    9. A student with a disability shall satisfy those competency requirements which are incorporated into the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Satisfactory completion of the goals incorporated into the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) shall serve as the basis for determining completion of a course.

    Course Equivalency

    Upon approval by the District equivalency course committee, some courses may satisfy more than one graduation requirement. If a student fulfills graduation requirements by using equivalency courses, additional elective courses will be required so that the student earns the required number of credits for graduation. This is the current list of approved equivalent courses.

    Credit For Work Experience

    A student may earn one credit work experience for no less than one hundred eighty hours of instructional work-based learning experience, and not less than three hundred sixty hours of cooperative work-based learning experience. The work-based learning must meet the standards identified by the State Board of Education as set forth in WAC 180-50-315. Students should contact their counselor and school work-based coordinator for additional information.

    High School Credit for Students in Grades Six, Seven and Eight

    Students in grades six, seven and eight may receive credit for fulfilling high school graduation requirements pursuant to RCW 28A.230.090, if requested by the student and their family (See Procedure 2420-P).

    Beginning with the class of 2024, unless requested otherwise by the student and the student's family, a student who has completed high school courses before attending high school shall be given high school credit which shall be applied to fulfilling high school graduation.

    The following Mukilteo School District courses, when offered at the middle school level, are equivalent in content and requirements to District high school courses and may carry high school credit when successfully completed by students while in grade six, seven or eight: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, American Sign Language I, French I, German I, Japanese I, Russian I, Spanish I.

    Home School Placement and Credit

    The high school principal is responsible for determining appropriate grade level and course placement for students enrolling from home-based instruction in accordance with Policy 3114 and its procedures. Decisions of the principal or designee are final unless appealed to the Executive Director of Secondary Education or designee within fifteen (15) school days of communication to the parent or guardian of the grade level and/or course placement decision.

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

    1. 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.

    2. 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 or guardian may engage District-approved personnel to conduct such an assessment at a cost to be determined by such personnel.

    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:

    1. 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

    2. 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.

    Correspondence Courses

    The high school principal is responsible for determining which credits will be recognized by the District for students taking correspondence courses in accordance with Policy 2024 and its procedures. Decisions of the principal are final unless appealed to the Executive Director of Secondary Education or designee within fifteen (15) school days of communication to the parent or guardian of the credit decision.

    Credit for correspondence courses may be granted within the two (2) total correspondence credit limitation, provided the following requirements are met:

    Prior permission has been granted by the principal or designee.

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

    2. Credit is granted for the following approved schools:

      1. Community colleges, vocational-technical institutes, four-year colleges and universities and approved private schools in the State of Washington (including Running Start and College in the High School), and

      2. Other schools or institutions which are approved by the District after evaluation of a particular course offering.

    Graduation Ceremonies

    In order to participate in graduation ceremonies, students must fulfill graduation requirements by the end of the last term of their senior year. 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.

    As stated in Board Policy 2411, any student who is receiving special education or related services under an individualized education program pursuant to State and federal law and who will continue to receive such services between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one shall be allowed to participate in their graduation ceremony and activities after four years of high school attendance with their age-appropriate peers and receive a certificate of attendance.

    Graduation ceremonies will be conducted in the following manner:

    1. Each participating student must attend 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.

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

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

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

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

    Issuance of Diploma

    A student shall be issued a diploma after completing the District's requirements for graduation. A student shall also be advised that they may receive a final transcript.

    However, a student’s diploma or transcript 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 or transcript will be released.


     

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