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Petaluma City Schools |  AR  6146.1  Instruction

High School Graduation Requirements   

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Requirements for graduation and specified alternative means for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made available to students, parents/guardians and the public. (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6146.11 - Alternative Credits Toward Graduation)

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

Students shall not be required to have resided within the district for any minimum length of time as a condition of high school graduation. (Education Code 51411)

Foreign exchange students may receive honorary diplomas pursuant to Education Code 51225.5.

(cf. 6145.6 - International Exchange)

The Golden State Seal Merit Diploma shall be issued to eligible students who demonstrate mastery of mathematics, English language arts, science, United States history and two subject matter areas selected by the student through performance on the Golden State Exam. (Education Code 51450, 51451)

(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)

Exit Examination for the Classes of 2006 and Later

At the beginning of each school year or at the time a student transfers into the district, the Board shall provide written notification to all students in grades 9 through 12 and to their parents/guardians that, starting in the 2005-06 school year and each year thereafter, each student completing the 12th grade shall be required to successfully pass the state's high school exit examination as a condition of graduation. The notification shall include, at a minimum, the date of the examination, the requirements for passing the examination, and the consequences of not passing the examination. (Education Code 48980, 60850)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

The examination shall be administered in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulation.

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

When students do not demonstrate sufficient progress toward passing the exit examination, supplemental instruction offered by the district shall be designed to assist students to succeed on the exit examination and shall reflect statewide academic standards to the extent that the district has aligned its curriculum with those standards. (Education Code 60851)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

Supplemental instruction shall include summer school instructional programs for students in grades 7 through 12 who do not demonstrate sufficient progress toward passing the exit examination. (Education Code 37252)

(cf. 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)

(cf. 6177 - Summer School)

Standards for "Certificate of Coursework Completion" and Eligibility for

Participation in Graduation Ceremonies

To be eligible to receive a "Certificate of Coursework Completion" and participate in Graduation Ceremonies a student shall have accomplished the following:

1. Taken the CAHSEE three times. This requirement will be effective for the 2007 graduating class. Junior and senior transfer students will be counted as meeting the three test requirement if they are registered during the summer for the fall administration of the CAHSEE following completion of their senior year.

2. Met the District's unit requirements for graduation.

3. Met the District's coursework completion requirements for graduation.

4. Documented participation in intervention activities starting with the 2005-06 school year.

5. Met the district standard for acceptable behavior for participation in graduation ceremony.

Returned all property loaned to him or her by the District (including but not limited to textbooks and all other curricular materials) and settled any outstanding financial obligations to the District.


approved: February 14, 2006 Petaluma, California