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Central Union HSD |  BP  6146.1  Instruction

High School Graduation Requirements   

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The Board of Trustees desires to prepare all students to obtain a high school diploma to enable them to take advantage of opportunities for postsecondary education and employment.

Students shall receive diplomas of graduation from high school only after completing the prescribed course of study and meeting the following standards of proficiency established by the district:

1. Minimum of 220 credits

2. Minimum of 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average for Graduation

Students with exceptional needs and an IEP who are unable to meet the standards of proficiency stated above must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for a certificate of educational achievement:

1. The student has satisfactorily completed an alternative course of study approved by the Board of Trustees and specified in the student's IEP; or

2. The student has satisfactorily achieved his/her IEP goals and objectives during high school as determined by the IEP team; or

3. The student has satisfactorily attended high school, participated in the instruction specified in his/her IEP, and has met the objectives of the student's individualized transition plan.

Course Requirements

To obtain a diploma of graduation from high school, students shall complete at least the following courses in grades 9-12:

1. English - Successful completion of eight semesters (40 credits)

English 9 - 2 semesters

English 10 - 2 semesters

English 11 - 2 semesters

Expository Reading/Writing Course (English 12) - 2 semesters

English 9, 10, 11 should be completed before enrolling in the next English level or concurrent with the next English level. Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement Language and Composition, and IB English may be taken to fulfill English 11 and 12 requirements. Exceptions for English Learners are detailed in section 6146.1(c).

2. Social Science - Successful completion of six semesters (30 credits)

World History - 2 semesters (sophomore)

United States History - 2 semesters (junior)

American Government - 1 semester (senior)

Economics - 1 semester (senior)

Advanced Placement European History may be taken to fulfill the World History requirement. Advanced Placement United States History may be taken to fulfill the United States History requirement. Advanced Placement US Government and Politics, and Advanced Placement Micro or Macro Economics, may be taken to fulfill the regular Government and Economics requirements. The two-year IB History of the Americas HL may be taken to fulfill the United States History, Government, and Economics requirements.

3. Mathematics - Completion of six consecutive semesters of which four must be completed successfully * (20 credits)

3.a. Mathematics - The following requirement is effective for all students in the graduating Class of 2021 and 2022.

Completion of six semesters of which four must be completed successfully. * (20 credits)

Algebra I - 2 semesters*

Any Math course at a level higher than Algebra I - 2 semesters

3.b. Mathematics - The following requirement is effective for all students in the graduating Class of 2023 and beyond.

Successful completion of six semesters (300 credits)

Algebra I - 2 semesters*

Any Math course at a level higher than Algebra I - 2 semesters

*At least one mathematics course, or a combination of the two mathematics courses, shall meet or exceed state academic content standards for Algebra 1 or Mathematics I. Completion of such coursework prior to grade 9 shall satisfy the Algebra I or Mathematics I requirement, but shall not exempt a student from the requirement to successfully complete at least two mathematics courses in grades 9-12. (Education Code 51224.5)

4. Science - Successful completion of four semesters (20 credits)

A physical science - 2 semesters

A biological science - 2 semesters

5. Fine Arts or World Language - Successful completion of two semesters (10 credits)

Two semesters of visual and performing arts (including drama), or two semesters of the same World Language or American Sign Language.

6. Academic Electives - Successful completion of two semesters (10 credits)

An additional two semesters must be chosen from the following areas: mathematics, science, social science, foreign language, and/ or language arts.

7. Physical Education - Successful completion of four semesters (20 credits)

All 9th grade students must be enrolled in PE each semester of the 9th grade. The 10th grade PE requirement may be taken during the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

Twenty credits in physical education are required unless exempted as per California Education Code 51241

8. Health Education - Successful completion of one semester (5 credits)

All 9th grade students are required to enroll in a Health Education course. (Education Code 51202)

9. College/Career Readiness - Successful completion of one course (5 credits minimum)

All Freshman are required to complete Success 101. Students entering the district after grade 9 may meet the requirement through completion of a Career Technical Education, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Dual Enrollment course.

10. Citizenship - A school may implement additional requirements based on a site level citizenship policy that clearly specifies the criteria that must be met in order for students to graduate. Such a policy shall be reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees prior to implementation.

English Language Learners

Based on the assessment of English language proficiency, English language learners will be enrolled and placed in: 1) a two-period English Language Development (ELD) program, 2) a grade-level Structured English Immersion (SEI) course, or 3) a grade-level English course. Placement will be based on the English language acquisition stages outlined in the California English Language Development Standards: Emerging, Expanding and Bridging. Placement in these courses will impact the English 9, 10, 11 and 12 requirement as follows:

English learners entering high school as ninth or tenth graders at the earliest levels of English language development (Emerging ¬óL1/2) will complete four years of English, including any combination of the two-period ELD (A/B & C/D) program, English 10, English 11, or ERWC/English 12 (SEI and English support classes as appropriate), based on the individual needs and best interest of the student as determined by a counselor or administrator.

English learners entering high school as ninth or tenth graders at the Expanding level (L3) will complete English 9, English 10, English 11 and English 12 with a grade-level designated English support class each year that they remain at the Expanding level, based on the individual needs and best interest of the student as determined by a counselor or administrator.

English learners entering high school as ninth or tenth graders at the Bridging level (L4) will complete English 9, English 10, English 11 and English 12 (with appropriate supports), based on the individual needs and best interest of the student as determined by a counselor or administrator.

English learners, upon request and as recommended by the counselor, may take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate English courses to fulfill one or two years of the English requirement.

Desert Oasis Continuation High School

Continuation high school students must complete 220 credits in order to receive a high school diploma including successful completion of all required courses as described in section C. above. For students earning a Desert Oasis Continuation High School diploma, the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement shall be calculated based on grades of courses completed at Desert Oasis only. Student who return to the comprehensive high school for graduation purposes will be required to meet the 2.0 cumulative GPA requirement based on grades earned in all high school coursework.

Exemptions and Waivers

A foster youth, homeless student, former juvenile court school student, child of a military family, migrant student, or newly arrived immigrant student participating in a newcomer program who transfers into the district any time after completing his/her second year of high school shall be required to complete all graduation requirements specified in Education Code 51225.3 but shall be exempt from any additional district-adopted graduation requirements, unless the Superintendent or designee makes a finding that the student is reasonably able to complete the requirements in time to graduate by the end of his/her fourth year of high school. Within 30 days of the transfer, any such student shall be notified of the availability of the exemption and whether he/she qualifies for it. (Education Code 51225.1)

Adult Education

All newly enrolled Adult Education students must complete 135 credits in order to receive an Adult Education high school diploma including successful completion of the following coursework: English - 30 credits; Social Science - 30 credits (10 credits - World History, 10 credits - US History, 5 credits - government, 5 credits - economics); Mathematics - 20 credits - including 10 credits of Algebra; Science - 20 credits; Fine Arts/Foreign Language - 10 credits; Practical Arts - 5 credits; Physical Education/Health/ Electives - 20 credits - this would exempt a student from 2 years of PE under EC Section 51241 Education students must be at least 18 years of age, earn a minimum 2.0 GPA for courses taken at Central Union Adult School, complete a portfolio, and have earned a minimum of ten credits at CUAS.

Retroactive Diplomas

The district may retroactively grant a diploma from the comprehensive high school to a student who has not met the 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average or 220 credit requirement if he/she completes necessary coursework at the CUHSD Adult Education program within one academic school year after the completion of grade 12. Adult Education course grades when averaged with all prior grades must equal or exceed the required 2.0 GPA. A maximum of 20 adult education credits may be earned towards a regular high school diploma. (Note: The district will not grant a CUHSD diploma to a student who fails to meet district requirements and subsequently completes required credits at another educational agency.)

The district also may retroactively grant a diploma to a deceased former student who satisfies the above conditions. The diploma shall be received by the deceased student's next of kin. (Education Code 51430)

In addition, the district may grant a diploma to a veteran who entered the military service of the United States while he/she was a district student in grade 12 and who had completed the first half of the work required for grade 12. (Education Code 51440)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

47612 Enrollment in charter school

48200 Compulsory attendance

48412 Certificate of proficiency

48430 Continuation education schools and classes

48645.5 Acceptance of coursework

48980 Required notification at beginning of term

49701 Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

51224 Skills and knowledge required for adult life

51224.5 Algebra instruction

51225.1 Exemption from district graduation requirements

51225.2 Pupil in foster care defined; acceptance of coursework, credits, retaking of course

51225.3 Requirements for graduation

51225.36 Instruction in sexual harassment and violence; districts that require health education for graduation

51225.5 Honorary diplomas; foreign exchange students

51228 Graduation requirements

51240-51246 Exemptions from requirements

51250-51251 Assistance to military dependents

51410-51412 Diplomas

51420-51427 High school equivalency certificates

51440 Retroactive high school diplomas

51450-51455 Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

51745 Independent study restrictions

56390-56392 Recognition for educational achievement, special education

60851.6 Retroactive diploma; completion of all graduation requirements except high school exit examination

66204 Certification of high school courses as meeting university admissions criteria

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

1600-1651 Graduation of students from grade 12 and credit toward graduation

COURT DECISIONS

O'Connell v. Superior Court (Valenzuela), (2006) 141 Cal.App.4th 1452

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education, High School: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/hs

University of California, List of Approved a-g Courses: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/freshman/requirements

Policy CENTRAL UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: October 10, 2017 El Centro, California

revised: January 8, 2019