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High School Graduation Requirements

The board will award a regular high school diploma to every student enrolled in the district who meets the requirements of graduation established by the district. Only one diploma will be awarded with no distinctions being made between the various programs of instruction, that may have been pursued.

The graduation requirements for Clover Park School District students shall meet or exceed those specified in state law and state Board of Education regulations. Graduation requirements in effect when a student first enrolls in high school will continue until that student graduates unless such period is in excess of ten years.

Graduation Requirements: Clover Park School District students who enter the 9th grade in the fall of 2012, and all students thereafter, must complete the equivalent of a four-year program of educational growth in grades 9-12, earn a minimum of 30 course credits as described below, and complete a High School and Beyond Plan. Students must also meet state requirements for graduation. Students enrolled in the Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program will earn the number and type of course credits required for the state high school diploma as set by the state Board of Education and as allowed according to the guidelines of the Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program.

A "credit" is defined as 135 hours (or other hourly number as granted through the state’s credit hour waiver process) of planned instructional activities.

The board will approve additional graduation requirements as recommended by the superintendent.


Each student must meet the following requirements to graduate from high school: (1) complete the credit requirements specified in the procedure accompanying this policy; (2) pass the necessary state assessments or a state-approved alternative assessment; and (3) complete a high school and beyond plan.

An exception to this policy is students enrolled in HB 1418, Open Door youth reengagement program. Students enrolled in the Open Door youth reengagement program must meet all state graduation requirements. Students earning their diploma through the Open Door youth reengagement program do not participate in Clover Park School District graduation ceremonies.

In the event that other forms of corrective actions are imposed for violations of school rules, the student may be denied participation in graduation ceremonies. Such exclusion will be regarded as a school suspension. In such instances, the diploma will be granted on a separate occasion, providing the student has met all graduation requirements set forth in this policy.

Cross References: Board Policy 3110    Age at Entrance
  Board Policy 3241  Classroom Management and Corrective Actions
  Board Policy 3520   Student Fees, Fines, or Charges
Legal References RCW 28A.230.090 High school graduation requirements or equivalencies — Reevaluation of graduation requirements — Review and authorization of proposed changes — Credit for courses taken before attending high school — Postsecondary credit equivalencies
  RCW 28A.230.093  Social Studies course credits – Civics coursework
  RCW 28A.230.097  Career and technical high school course equivalencies
  RCW 28A.230.120 High school diplomas — Issuance — Option to receive final transcripts — Notice
  RCW 28A.230.122  International baccalaureate diplomas
  RCW 28A.600.300-400  Running start program
  RCW 28A.635.060 Defacing or injuring school property — Liability of pupil, parent or guardian — Withholding grades, diploma, or transcripts — Suspension and restitution — Voluntary work program as alternative — Rights protected
  RCW 28A.655.061  High school assessment system – Certificate of academic assessment – Exception – Options to retake high school assessment – Objective alternative assessments – Locally determined courses-High school transition courses-Interventions and academic supports-Student learning plans
  WAC 180-51 High school graduation requirements
  WAC 392-121-182 Alternative Learning Experience Requirements
  WAC 392-169  Special service programs running start program
  WAC 392-348  Secondary Education
  WAC 392-410  Courses of studies and equivalencies
  WAC 392-415-070 Mandatory high school transcript contents
  HB 1418 Open door youth re-engagement system



Adoption Date: 11.12.85
Clover Park School District
Revised: 09.09.02; 11.10.03; 06.13.05; 03.12.07; 10.08.07; 09.14.09; 12.13.10; 07.09.12; 08.11.14; 01.12.15; 10.12.15; 01.08.18