Graduation Requirements

Requirements for graduation are as follows:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of twenty-three credits for class of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020
  • Successful completion of a minimum of twenty-four credits for class of 2021 and beyond
  • Successful completion of courses required by state statute, those required by State Board of Education Rules and Regulations and those required by the Board of Directors of the Washougal School District.
  • Successful completion of a culminating project.
  • Successful establishment of a high school + beyond plan (13th year).
  • Proficiency on state assessments in reading, writing, math, and science, depending on graduation cohort, or equivalent alternative assessments.

 

Required Credits – Class of 2017, 2018, 2019, & 2020

 Subject    Credits required for
Washougal School District Diploma
Recommended Courses for
4-Year Colleges and Universities
(Pre-AP & AP level courses suggested)
Recommended Courses for Highly Selective Colleges and Universities
(Pre-AP & AP level courses recommended)
 English Language Arts  4 4  4
 Mathematics  Mathematics   (Algebra 1, Geometry, &   Algebra II or elective math)  3 3 (through Algebra II)  3-4 (through Algebra II minimum)
 Science  2  2  3-4
 Social Studies  3  3  3-4
 World Language  0  2  3-4
 The Arts: Visual & Performing  1  1  2-3
 Health & Fitness  2
Career & Technical Education (CTE)  2
 Electives  6
 Total  23

 Required Credits – Class of 2021 & Beyond (Subject to change depending on the State of Washington)

 Subject    Credits required for
Washougal School District Diploma
Recommended Courses for
4-Year Colleges and Universities
(Pre-AP & AP level courses suggested)  
Recommended Courses for Highly Selective Colleges and Universities
(Pre-AP & AP level courses recommended)
 English Language Arts  4 4  4
 Mathematics (Algebra 1,   Geometry, & Personalized   Pathway* math)  3 3 (through Algebra II)  3-4 (through Algebra II minimum)
 Science  3  2  3-4
 Social Studies  3  3  3-4
 The Arts: Visual &   Performing  2 (1 can be PP*)  1  2-3
 Health  .5
 Fitness  1.5
 Career & Technical   Education (CTE)  1
 World Language  2 (both can be PP*)  2 3-4
 Electives  4
 Total  24
* Each student will develop a Personal Pathway (PP) based upon their High School & Beyond Plan.  The student has the option to substitute other courses for 2.0 credit from World Language and 1.0 credits from Art that align with his/her Personal Pathways Plan.

Equivalency Credit

Many Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses may satisfy graduation requirements in specific subject areas. These “equivalency courses” are noted in the course descriptions. Further, new WA State graduation requirement changes create the option for students in the Class of 2016 and beyond to fulfill two graduation requirements with successful completion of one CTE equivalency course, while the credit counts only once in the student’s credit count toward graduation credit requirements.

Culminating Project 

Students are expected to complete a culminating project as part of high school graduation requirements.

High School Beyond Plan

Students are expected to identify their career cluster pathway in order to complete a high school and beyond plan as part of high school graduation requirements. Click here to view an informational video about pathways and courses offered at the high school.

State Assessments

Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program

Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency on the reading, writing, math, and science standards as defined by the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program or on an OSPI-approved alternative.

State assessments: Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and End of Course (EOC)

2017-2018:
Students in the classes of 2017-2018 must pass Reading and Writing HSPE or English language arts SBAC, and they must pass an End-of-Course assessment in mathematics and biology or an assessment for students in special education.

2019 & Beyond:
Students in the classes of 2019 and beyond must pass the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) in English language arts and in mathematics, or a state-approved alternative to the SBAC or an assessment for students in special education.   They must also pass the Biology End-of-Course (EOC) Exam or a state-approved alternative to the SBAC or an assessment for students in special education.  The Biology EOC will be replaced by the Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) assessments, once they are developed and phased in.

Additional Resources

The website of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for the State of Washington gives the following information to help families, students, and educators learn more about each of the requirements for graduation:

To earn a high school diploma, a student must:

The Graduation Toolkit is produced each year by OSPI to help educators and families understand Washington state graduation requirements. This guide is available online for easy viewing and in a downloadable format for printing.  For more information on the graduation toolkit visit the OSPI website.

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