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Elementary/Middle School Graduation Requirements   

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In order to recognize successful completion of elementary/middle school education, the Board of Trustees shall confer diplomas of graduation from elementary/middle schools and from special day classes.

(cf. 5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)

The Board shall certify to the Superintendent of Public Instruction that their policy provides students with the skills necessary to pursue the required high school curriculum. As directed by law, certification of this policy shall be submitted at the same time as apportionment reports.

Diplomas shall be awarded only to students who have completed the course of study prescribed by law and the district. (Education Code 51402)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

In addition, students shall meet district requirements for promotion based on grades, assessments or other indicators as specified in Board policy and administrative regulation.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

Diploma Requirements

In order to receive a diploma from College School District, an 8th grade student must meet the following requirements upon completion of the 8th grade:

1. Academic - Student shall have a cumulative (grades 7 and 8) 2.0 grade point average in his/her core academic subjects

2. Citizenship - Cumulative maintenance of satisfactory ("S") in "Effort" and "Citizenship" areas.

Students in the eighth grade look forward to participating in the graduation ceremony. It is possible for a student to progress to the high school yet not participate in the graduation ceremony. The criteria for participation in all graduation activities is as follows:

1. Meet the requirements for graduation enumerated above

2. Have received less than 30 academic/behavioral demerits during his/her eight grade year.

3. Have received no failing grade (F) for the year in any class.

4. Have received no failing grade (F) in the third trimester of a core academic class. Students in danger of receiving an F in the third trimester shall be referred to an academic probation committee composed of the principal, 7th/8th grade teachers and the YSS who will meet with the student and parents to prepare a contract for improvement

5. Have not received an effort and or citizenship grade of less than "S"

It shall be the responsibility of the eighth grade teachers to notify the school principal in writing of any student is in danger of, or actually failing to meet the requirements for a diploma or for participation in graduation activities. It shall be the responsibility of the principal to notify the parents by certified letter of the student's non-grad status and arrange for a parent conference. A written record of the conference shall be placed in the student's confidential file.

Students officially identified in Special Education or English Learners at the beginning or early intermediate level may have differential graduation and competency standards applied.

For the class of 2006 only grades earned in 205-2006 shall be used for meeting the graduation requirements. The class of 2007 and thereafter shall meet the requirements based on the cumulative grade points earned in the seventh and eighth grade.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

48070-48070.5 Promotion and retention

51400-51403 Elementary school diplomas

52507-52510 Requirements for eighth grade graduation (adult school)

60641-60647 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program

60648 Minimum performance levels

Policy COLLEGE SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: July 15, 2005 Santa Ynez, California