Graduation Requirements

To graduate, our students must:

  • Earn a set number of credits (22 credits for those who graduate in 2020 or earlier; 24 for those who graduate in 2021 and beyond)
  • Pass state tests in math, science and language arts or state-approved alternatives
  • Earn a state Certificate of Academic Achievement
  • Complete a High School and Beyond Portfolio

Colleges and technical training programs may require more credits or prerequisites than we require. Check with potential colleges and talk with your school counselor to help you find the courses you’ll need.


Credit Requirements for Classes of 2016 to 2020

If you plan to graduate from 2016 to 2020, you will need to earn at least 22 credits. You’ll have the opportunity to take 24 credits before you graduate. Of those 22 required credits, your must earn the following number in each subject:

  • English — 4.0 credits
  • Mathematics — 3.0 credits, including credit in:
    • Algebra I
    • Geometry
    • Algebra II or an equivalent course
  • Social Studies — 3.0 credits, including credit in:
    • 0.5 credits in Washington State History or 1 credit in Advanced Placement Human Geography 
    • 1 credit in Modern World History
    • 1 credit in U.S. History and a 0.5 credit in Civics
  • Science — 2.0 credits
    • Including 1.0 credit in a lab science
  • Occupational Education — 1.5 credits
  • Health and Fitness — 2.0 credits, including:
    • 0.5 credit in health
    • 1.5 credits in fitness
  • Visual or Performing Arts — 1.0 credit
  • Electives — 5.5 credits

Credit Requirements for Class of 2021 and Beyond

If you plan to graduate in 2021 or later, you will need to earn at least 24 credits. Of those 24 credits, you’ll have to earn the following number in each subject:

  • English — 4.0 credits
  • Mathematics — 3.0 credits, including credit in:
    • Algebra I
    • Geometry
    • Algebra II or an equivalent course
  • Social Studies — 3.0 credits, including credit in:
    • 0.5 credit in Washington State History or 1 credit in Advanced Placement Human Geography 
    • 1 credit in Modern World History
    • 1 credit in U.S. History
    • 0.5 credits in Civics
  • Science — 3.0 credits, including:
    • 2.0 credits in a lab science
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) — 1.5 credits
  • Health and Fitness — 2.0 credits , including:
    • 0.5 credit in health
    • 1.5 credits fitness
  • Visual or Performing Arts — 2.0 credits
    • You may substitute 1 credit for a Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR) course. Students choose PPR courses based on their interests to help them start a post-high school career. They may be part of a CTE program, an industry certification, or college preparatory coursework. Students will include PPR in their High School and Beyond Plans.
  • World Language or PPR courses — 2.0 credits
  • Electives — 3.5 credits

State-Required Tests

State law requires students to pass state tests in language arts, math and science. Which tests you have to take will vary depending on what year you graduate. Visit the state Office of Superintendent of Instruction’s state testing page for details.

Certificate of Academic Achievement

Students can earn certificates of academic achievement (CAA) by:

  • Earning the appropriate number of credits required by the district
  • Completing a High School and Beyond Plan
  • Passing the math, science and English Language Arts state tests or state-approved alternatives.

Students who qualify for special education services will earn a Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) as determined by their Individual Education Plan.

High School and Beyond Portfolio

Students, parents or guardians and our staff work together to create a plan for success. The plan outlines a student’s education and career goals. It includes what students will need to do in high school to achieve those goals. We encourage students to check their progress each year and update their plans as needed. Information from the plan is included in the High School and Beyond Portfolio.

A High School and Beyond Portfolio includes:

  • A career interest assessment
  • A four-year personal education plan, including post-high school plans
  • A resume
  • A cover letter

You should also include a personal statement, samples of your best work, letters of recommendation, awards and certificates to enhance your electronic career portfolio on WOIS/The Career Information System.

Learn more about creating a High School and Beyond Portfolio by talking with your career counselor.

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