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Escondido Union HSD  |  BP  6146.1  Instruction

High School Graduation Requirements   

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

(cf. 5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)

(cf. 5147 - Dropout Prevention)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.3 - Reciprocity of Academic Credit)

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

Course Requirements

Course Requirements - Students enrolled in 9th grade beginning in the 2009-2010 school year and each year thereafter, to obtain a diploma of graduation from high school, students shall complete at least the following courses in grades 9 through 12, with each course earning 10 credits per year or 5 credits per semester/ trimester or 10 credits per term: (Education Code 51225.3)

Comprehensive High School

Subject Credits

English 40

Fine Arts or Foreign Language 10*

Healthy/Safety Education 5

Mathematics 20**

Physical Education 20

Physical Science 10

Biological Science 10

World Cultures 10

U.S. History 10

American Government 5

Economics 5

Designated college prep course or 10*

designated Career Technical Education course

Electives 75**

TOTAL 230

Del Lago High School

Subject Credits

English 40

Fine Arts or Foreign Language 10*

Mathematics 20**

Physical Education/Health 20

Physical Science 10

Biological Science 10

World Cultures 10

U.S. History 10

American Government 5

Economics 5

Designated college prep course or 10*

designated Career Technical Education course

Electives 80

TOTAL 230

Continuation High School

Subject Credits

English 40

Fine Arts or Foreign Language 10*

Healthy/Safety Education 5

Mathematics 20**

Physical Education 20

Physical Science 10

Biological Science 10

World Cultures 10

U.S. History 10

American Government 5

Economics 5

Practical Arts, Designated college prep course or

designated Career Technical Education course 10*

Electives 55

TOTAL 210

Adult Education (students enrolling beginning in the 2009-10 school year)

Subject Credits

English 40

Fine Arts or Foreign Language 10*

Healthy/Safety Education 5

Mathematics 20**

Physical Science 10

Biological Science 10

World Cultures 10

U.S. History 10

American Government 5

Economics 5

Career Technical Education 5*

Computer Literacy 5

Electives 55

TOTAL 190

* Students planning to attend a California State University should consult their counselor to determine which visual and performing arts classes will be acceptable for admission purposes.

** (must include 10 credits of Algebra) Algebra completed prior to Grade 9 may apply towards satisfying the Algebra portion of the mathematics requirement; however all students are required to take at least 20 credits of mathematics in high school. Students completing 10 credits of Integrated Math I and 10 credits of Integrated Math II meet the Algebra requirement.

Students may apply for no more than 10 credits of the physical education requirement for their participation in interscholastic athletics, marching band/auxiliary units/cheerleading/ dance or other programs/courses approved by the Superintendent or designee. Students completing 20 credits of Exercise and Nutrition Science meet both the Health and Physical Education requirements.

* Students should consult their counselor to determine which college prep elective or Career Technical Education courses meet this requirement.

** CTE courses must be aligned to the CTE model curriculum standards and framework adopted by the State Board of Education to be counted towards meeting graduation requirements.

(cf. 6142.2 - World/Foreign Language Instruction)

(cf. 6142.6 - Visual and Performing Arts Education)

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

(cf. 6178.2 - Regional Occupational Center/Program)

Students may apply no more than 10 credits earned as a student assistant and/or office training to the total number of credits required for graduation.

Because the prescribed course of study may not accommodate the needs of some students, the Board shall provide alternative means for the completion of prescribed courses in accordance with law.

(cf. 6146.11 - Alternative Credits Toward Graduation)

(cf. 6146.2 - Certificate of Proficiency/High School Equivalency)

(cf. 6146.4 - Differential Graduation and Competency Standards for Students with Disabilities)

Remedial instruction shall be provided to any student who does not show adequate progress toward mastery of basic skills. This instruction may be provided in summer school and shall offer the student numerous opportunities to achieve mastery.

When a student does not show adequate progress, the Superintendent or designee shall inform a student's parent/guardian in writing that the student shall not receive a high school diploma unless the prescribed standards are met.

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)

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

(cf. 6173 - Education for Homeless Children)

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

(cf. 6173.2 - Education of Children of Military Families)

(cf. 6173.3 - Education for Juvenile Court School Students)

(cf. 6175 - Migrant Education Program)

Retroactive Diplomas

Any student who completed grade 12 in the 2003-04 through the 2014-15 school year and met all applicable graduation requirements other than the passage of the high school exit examination shall be granted a high school diploma. (Education Code 51413 )

In addition, the district may retroactively grant high school diplomas to: (Education Code 48204.4, 51430, 51440)

1. Persons who departed California against their will while in grade 12 and did not receive a diploma because the departure interrupted their education, provided that they were in good academic standing at the time of the departure

Persons may be considered to have departed California against their will if they were in custody of a government agency and were transferred to another state, were subject to a lawful order from a court or government agency that authorized their removal from California, were subject to a lawful order and were permitted to depart California before being removed from California pursuant to the lawful order, were removed or were permitted to depart voluntarily pursuant to the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, or departed due to other circumstances determined by the district that are consistent with the purposes of Education Code 48204.4.

In determining whether to award a diploma under these circumstances, the Superintendent or designee shall consider any coursework that may have been completed outside of the United States or through online or virtual courses.

2. Former students who were interned by order of the federal government during World War II or who are honorably discharged veterans of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, provided that they were enrolled in a district school immediately preceding the internment or military service and did not receive a diploma because their education was interrupted due to the internment or military service in those wars

Deceased former students who satisfy these conditions may be granted a retroactive diploma to be received by their next of kin.

3. Veterans who entered the military service of the United States while in grade 12 and who had satisfactorily completed the first half of the work required for grade 12 in a district school

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

47612 Enrollment in charter school

48200 Compulsory attendance

48204.4 Parents/guardians departing California against their will

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 High school graduation

51225.35 Mathematics course requirements; computer science

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

51225.5 Honorary diplomas51225.6 Compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation

51228 Graduation requirements

51240-51246 Exemptions from requirements

51250-51251 Assistance to military dependents

51410-51413 Diplomas

51420-51427 High school equivalency certificates

51430 Retroactive high school diplomas

51440 Retroactive high school diplomas

51450-51455 Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

51745 Independent study restrictions

56390-56392 Recognition for educational achievement, special education

66204 Certification of high school courses as meeting university admissions criteria

67386 Student safety; affirmative consent standard

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

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

4600-4687 Uniform complaint procedures

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 ESCONDIDO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: April 16, 2013 Escondido, California

revised: December 13, 2016

revised: June 20, 2017

revised: September 11, 2018

revised: February 12, 2019