Graduation Requirements

All public high school students are required to meet statewide graduation requirements to earn a diploma. The goal is for students to be prepared to meet the 21st-century academic, career, and personal demands.

The state graduation and district requirements are as follows:

  1. Earn High School Credit How credits in WA State work
  2. Pass state tests showing achievement in basic skills OR complete state-approved alternatives to those tests:
    • ACT / SAT / AP / IB Exams
      Students may use scores on college admissions (ACT, ACT with Writing, SAT, SAT with Essay), and specified Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests to show they possess the knowledge and skills expected of high school graduates.
    • Dual Credit Courses
      A student who completes a dual credit course in English language arts or mathematics in which the student has the potential to earn college credit may use the passage of the course as a graduation pathway.
    • Transition Course (Bridge to College)
      Passage of the Bridge to College course in English language arts or math may be used as a graduation pathway.
    • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test
      More information to come
    • Career and Technical Education Sequence of courses and Industry Recognized Credential or College Credit
      More information to come
  3. Complete a High School and Beyond Plan
  4. Complete WA State History (usually completed in 7th or 8th grade)

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