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    School Board Policy 2415 sets forth Seattle Public School's Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2008 and beyond. More specific information about Washington State and Seattle Public School's Requirements can be found in the information below.

    The new graduation requirements are mandated by the Washington State Board of Education. The board designed the new requirements to be both rigorous and flexible, and to support the vision of an education system that prepares all students for college, career, and life.

    Students in the Class of 2021 and beyond must earn 24 credits to graduate. Students in the Class of 2018, 2019, and 2020 must earn 21 credits to graduate.

     

    Below are translated versions of the 24 Credit Graduation Requirement video.

    For more information, please refer to the Washington State Board of Education graduation requirements website.

    Graduation Requirements:

    Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021 and Beyond

    High School and Beyond Plan

    The State of Washington requires all students to create a High School and Beyond Plan. Seattle Public Schools expects students entering grade 8 to begin to develop a 5-year plan including 4 years of high school courses, resume or activity log, and post high school career and college goals. The plan should be updated over time as the student develops high school plans. School counselors, staff and parents help students develop their individual plans in the district approved tools.

    Service Learning

    Seattle Public Schools requires students to complete 60 hours of service learning before graduation. Learn more about service learning.

    State Exams

    The class of 2021 and beyond, students take state determined exams or exam alternatives for state and federally funding purposes, passing scores are not required for graduation, however students may earn credit recovery credits for passing exams. State-approved alternatives are available for students that were not successful on their first attempt. Additional alternatives or modified assessments for students receiving special education services are available.

    24 Credits Minimum

    24 credits are required for graduation earned from the below list of approved courses.1 The credit requirements are minimums both in terms of total credits required for graduation and for credits in the various subject areas.

    English/Language Arts

    Credits: 4.0
    Required Courses: Select from approved core course offerings.
    Note: Students should complete Intro to Lit & Comp 9, World Lit 10, Lit & Comp 11, Comp Lit 12 or approved content alternatives, such as AP or IB courses.

    Social Studies

    Credits: 3.0
    Required Courses:
    - World History 1, 2, and 3
    - U.S. History 11A, 11B
    - American Government
    - Washington State History2
    Note: World History 2 and 3 courses will satisfy the state requirements for 1 credit in Current World Problems (CWP). American Government course will satisfy the state requirement for a .5 credit in Civics. Students must also complete an OSPI approved classroom-based assessment in civics in the eleventh or twelfth grade. RCW 28A.230.093 WAC 392-410-120 WAC 180-51-067

    Mathematics

    Credits: 3.0
    Required Courses:
    - Algebra I 
    - Geometry 
    - Algebra II
    Note: Students should take Algebra I  and Geometry, Algebra 2 or earn credits in OSPI approved equivalent career and technical education (CTE) courses. RCW 28A.230.097 WAC 180-51-068 3

    Science

    Credits: 3.0
    Required Courses:
    - Phys A/Chem A
    - Biology
    - Phys B/Chem B or 
    Select from approved core course offerings3 .
    Note: Students should complete Phys A/Chem A and Biology A & B, Phys B/Chem B or earn credits in OSPI approved equivalent career and technical education (CTE) courses.1
    The third credit may be chosen based on the students’ interest and may include a CTE science-equivalent course RCW.24A.305.130 RCW 28A.700.070 WAC 180-51-068 RCW 28A.230.010

    Career Connected Learning(CTE)

    Credits: 1.0
    Required Courses: Select from approved course offerings.
    Notes: Career Connected Learning (CCL/CTE) credits may be earned in exploratory or preparatory CCL/ CTE classes and certain approved non-CCL/CTE courses. See official district course catalogue for approved courses.

    Health

    Credits: .5
    Required Courses:
    - .5 Health or Family Health
    Note: Health may not be waived. 

    Physical Education

    Credits: 1.5
    Required Courses:
    - Select from approved course offerings.
    - 1.5 Physical Education
    Note: The performance component of Fitness (physical education) may be waived for specific reasons such as physical disability or other reason described in RCW 28A.230.050. However, the content knowledge requirement must be met by either course work in fitness education or completing the OSPI developed Concepts of Health and Fitness Assessment. RCW 28A.230.050; WAC 180-50-135; WAC 392-410-136; WAC 392-410-310; and WAC 392-410-340. Students must also complete an OSPI approved assessment in health during high school.

    Fine or Performing Arts

    Credits: 2.0
    Required Courses: Visual or performing arts
    Notes: Select from courses in fine, visual or performing arts or cross-credited CTE courses. 1 credit may be a Personalized pathway requirement3 WAC 180-50-068

    Personal Pathway Courses (World Language, Art, Science, etc)

    Credits: 2.0
    Required Courses: Select from approved course offerings.3
    Notes: Personalized pathway requirements are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the students’ interests and High School Beyond Plan.World Languages are recommended for students planning on attending a 2 or 4-year college or university for admissions purposes.

    Electives

    Credits: 4.0
    Required Courses: Any course other than the courses listed above.

    TOTAL CREDITS

    Credits: 24.0
    Note: Official WA State transcripts provide a record of courses completed, credits, and grades.

    Refer to WAC 180-51-067 and FAQS for guidance on approved course sequence and alternatives.

    2 Students who have completed and passed a state history and government course in another state may have the Washington state history and government requirement waived. The study of the United States and Washington State Constitutions required under RCW 28A.230.170 shall not be waived, but may be fulfilled through an alternative learning experience approved by the school principal.Additionally, eleventh and twelfth grade students who transfer from out of state, and who have or will have earned two credits in social studies at graduation, may have the Washington state history requirement waived by the principal if they would not be able to graduate with their class without such a waiver.

    3 The 3rd credit of science and the 3rd credit of math are chosen by the student based on the student's interest and High School and Beyond Plan, and approved by the parent or guardian, or if the parent or guardian is unavailable or does not indicate a preference, the school counselor or principal (WAC 180-51-068).

    4 Personalized Pathway Requirement are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student’s interests and High School and Beyond Plan, that may include Career and Technical Education or World Languages, and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning.

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    Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2018 to 2020

    Seattle Public Schools had a two year waiver to implement the 24 credit graduation requirements, families of the classes of 2019 and 2020 should note, that moving to another school district in the state may require the student meet the 24 credit requirement.

    High School and Beyond Plan

    The State of Washington requires all students to create a High School and Beyond Plan. Seattle Public Schools expects students entering grade 8 to begin to develop a 5-year plan including 4 years of high school courses, resume or activity log, and post high school career and college goals. The plan should be updated over time as the student develops high school plans. School counselors, staff and parents help students develop their individual plans in the district approved tools.

    State Exams

    State-approved alternatives are available for students that were not successful on their first attempt. Additional alternatives or modified assessments for students receiving special education services are available.

    Service Learning

    Seattle Public Schools requires students to complete 60 hours of service learning before graduation.

    21 Credits Minimum

    21 credits are required for graduation earned from the below list of approved courses. The credit requirements are minimums both in terms of total credits required for graduation and for credits in the various subject areas.

    English/Language Arts

    Credits: 4.0
    Required Courses:
    - Introduction to Literature & Composition 9A, 9B
    - World Literature & Composition 10A, 10B
    - American Literature & Composition 11A, 11B
    - Comparative Literature & Composition 12A, 12 B
    Notes: For 11th grade courses students can substitute AP English
    Language and Composition 1 & 2 or IB Language and Literature 11A & 11B or IB Language and Literature 12 A/B HL or IB Literature 12 A/B HL. For 12thgrade courses, students can substitute AP English Language and Composition 1& 2, AP Literature and Composition, IB English 12A, 12B. Students who pass the state assessment on the Common Core Standards in ELA for grade 11 can select from the above list or from a list of LA electives offered at the school.

    Social Studies

    Credits: 3.0
    Required Courses:
    - World History 1, 2, 3
    - U.S. History 11A, 11B
    - American Government
    - Washington State History2
    Notes: Students must also complete an OSPI developed classroom-based assessment in civics in the eleventh or twelfth grade. The World History 2 and 3 courses will satisfy the state requirements for 1 credit in Current World Problems (CWP). The American Government course will satisfy the state requirement for a .5 credit in Civics.

    Mathematics

    Credits: 3.0
    Required Courses:
    - Algebra I
    - Geometry
    - Algebra II* or more advanced course in the sequence.
    Notes: *Students may elect to take an approved third mathematics credit tailored to their career path, in order to meet the Algebra II graduation requirement, but must obtain parent/guardian and high school approval. See Third Year Mathematics link for more information.

    Science

    Credits: 2.0
    Required Courses: Select from approved course offerings
    Notes: At least one credit of the two science credits shall be in a laboratory science WAC 180-51-060.

    Occupational Education

    Credits: 1.5
    Required Courses: Select from approved course offerings
    Notes: Occupational Education credits may be earned in Exploratory or Preparatory CTE classes and certain approved non-CTE courses. See District course catalog for courses.

    Health and Fitness (Health and Physical Education)

    Credits: 2.0
    Required Courses:
    - Select from approved course offerings
    - 1.5 Fitness (Physical Education)
    - .5 Health
    Notes: The performance component of Fitness (physical education)may be waived for specific reasons such as physical disability or other reason described in RCW 28A.230.050. However, the content knowledge requirement must be met by either course work in fitness education or completing the OSPI developed Concepts of Health and Fitness Assessment.
    RCW 28A.230.050; WAC 180-50-135; WAC 392-410-136; WAC 392-410-310; and WAC 392-410-340. Students must also complete an OSPI approved assessment in health during high school.

    Fine Arts

    Credits: 1.0
    Required Courses: Art, Music or Drama
    Notes: Select from courses in fine, visual or performing arts or cross credited CTE courses. See District course catalog for details.

    Electives

    Credits: 4.5
    Required Courses: World language and/or elective courses from other subject areas
    Notes: 2-3 years of world language are required for entrance into four-year college.

    TOTAL CREDITS

    Credits: 21.0
    Notes: Official WA State transcripts provide a record of courses completed, credits, and grades.

    1. Students who have completed and passed a state history and government course in another state may have the Washington state history and government requirement waived. The study of the United States and Washington State Constitutions required under RCW 28A.230.170 shall not be waived, but may be fulfilled through an alternative learning experience approved by the school principal. Additionally, eleventh and twelfth grade students who transfer from out of state, and who have or will have earned two credits in social studies at graduation, may have the Washington state history requirement waived by the principal if they would not be able to graduate with their class without such a waiver.

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    Required Exams By Graduation Year

    2018

    ELA, Choose 1:

    Math, Choose 1:

    2019

    ELA, Choose 1:

    Math, Choose 1:

    2020 

    Exams not required for graduation, but for state and federal funding. Students may earn credit recovery credits for passing. Students who qualify for a Certificate of Individual Achievement are required to take the exams.

    ELA, Choose 1:

    Math, Choose 1:

    2021

    Exams not required for graduation, but for state and federal funding. Students may earn credit recovery credits for passing. Students who qualify for a Certificate of Individual Achievement are required to take the exams.
    ELA, Choose 1:

    Math, Choose 1:

    Science, Choose 1:

    CAUTION: Entrance requirements to four-year colleges and universities sometimes exceed Seattle Public Schools high school graduation requirements. Additional course work is required in some areas of study as well as an ACT or SAT score and/or grade point average. Check the college catalog and ask your school counselor for more information. There is an open- door admission policy to the two-year community colleges and public technical colleges in this state, though some programs of study may have specific requirements. However, students who continue to enroll in a challenging course of study in high school are more likely to find success in whatever post-secondary option they choose.

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    Additional Resources

    Third Mathematics Credit for HS Graduation
    Service Learning
    Alternative Courses of Study

    Exam Appeal Waiver Availability

    For the classes of 2014-2017, requests for an Assessment Appeal Waiver may be submitted immediately using the Expedited Assessment Appeal Waiver Form. For students in the class of 2018, requests may be submitted starting at the end of January 2018.

    Seattle Schools Grad Requirement Waiver Process

    No state requirement may be waived, except what is allowable by state law, such as PE and Full IB Diploma Programme waivers. Some requirements specific to Seattle Schools may be waived please submit your request in writing to your school counselor.

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    24 Credit FAQs

    Q: Why did the requirements change? 
    A: The new graduation requirements are mandated by the Washington State Board of Education. The board designed the new requirements to be both rigorous and flexible, and to support the vision of an education system that prepares all students for college, career, and life. For more information, please refer to the board’s graduation requirements website: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/graduation.php.

    Q: What is a Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR)? 
    A: The Personalized Pathway Requirement refers to 3 locally determined courses that lead to a specific post-high school career outcome. PPR courses are chosen by the student, based on the student’s interest and High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP). The HSBP is a plan for attaining post-secondary career and education goals, created in collaboration with the student, the student’s parents/guardians, and high school staff.

    Q: Is Seattle Public Schools changing high school schedules in order to accommodate these additional credit requirements? 
    A: All high schools in Seattle already offer at least 6 credits per year, and 24 credits over the course of 4 years. So, students can already graduate with 24 credits. However, SPS has traditionally offered students more courses than required by the state, and we are currently working with a variety of stakeholders to increase credit-earning opportunities for our students.

    For the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school year, we are providing high schools with additional funding to support students who will need to graduate with 24 credits. All schools are developing their own support plans, which may involve interventions to keep students on track, credit retrieval options, and optional before and after school classes.

    For the 2020-21 school year and beyond, no scheduling decisions have been made.

    Q: Will students have a longer school day to accommodate the additional credit offerings? 
    A: We are not lengthening the school day. If there are any schedule changes in future years, they will occur within the current start and end time. However, as noted above, schools may offer optional before and after school classes.

    Q: Who should I contact for more information? 
    A: If you have questions, please email College and Career Readiness at CCR@Seattleschool.org

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