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San Lorenzo Valley USD |  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. 5149 - At-Risk Students)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.3 - Reciprocity of Academic Credit)

San Lorenzo Valley High School

Diplomas will be issued only to students who have met all of the following requirements:

1. Credit Requirements: 230 semester credits will be required in grades 9-12.

a. 9th/10th/11th students: 6-period minimum (not including zero period)

b. 12th grade students: 5-period minimum (not including zero period)

c. Zero period/Sports PE is an opportunity to add a class to a student schedule - zero period/Sports PE is not to replace periods 1-6

2. Successful completion of Senior Exit Portfolio.

3. Course Requirements

To obtain a high school diploma, students shall complete at least the following courses in grades 9-12 (Education Code 51225.3), with each course being one year, unless otherwise specified: (Note: As of the 2013-14 school year, a course can only count towards graduation requirements one time, with the exception of VAPA and electives. For example, Math 1 cannot be taken twice and count as 20 units of math towards the 30 required for graduation)

COURSES (Listed by UC/CSU "A-G")

1. History / Social Science, credits 30

a. World History (required), semester credits 10

b. United States History (required), semester credits 10

c. United States Government, semester credits 5

(one semester course required)

d. Economics* (one semester course required) semester credits 5

*This course is considered a "G" by UC/CSU

2. English, credits 40

a. English 9: "English Foundations" (required), semester credits 10

b. English 10: "World Literature" (required), semester credits 10

c. English 11: "American Literature" or "AP Language/Composition" (one required), semester credits 10

d. English 12: "Modern Literature", AP Language Literature" or "ERWC" (one required), semester credits 10

3. Mathematics, credits 30

a. Math 1 - At minimum, one course Math 1 (required)

*If a student has taken Math 1 in middle school, this requirement is waived for high school.

b. Must take three different Math courses

4. Science, credits 30

Including Biological and Physical Sciences

5. World Language, credits 10

6. Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), credits 20

a. Fine Arts (required), semester credits 10

b. Practical Arts (required)*, semester credits 10

*Some Practical Arts courses are considered "F" and some are considered "G" by UC/CSU-please refer to the SLVHS Planning Guide for College and Career Readiness

7. Electives, credits 40

8. Physical Education, credits 20

a. PE 1 (required), semester credits 10

b. PE 2 or PE 2A or Sports PE (required), semester credits 10

Minimum Credits per Semester:

Freshman 30

Sophomore 30

Junior 30

Senior 25

District Charter (Coast Redwood High School)

Diplomas will be issued only to students who have met all of the following requirements:

1. Credit Requirements: 230 semester credits will be required in Grades 9-12.

2. Course Requirements

To obtain a high school diploma, students shall complete at least the following courses in grades 9-12 (Education Code 51225.3), with each course being one year, unless otherwise specified: (Note: A course can only count towards graduation requirements one time, with the exception of VAPA and electives. For example, Math 1 cannot be taken twice and count as 20 units of math towards the 30 required for graduation)

COURSES (Listed by UC/CSU "A-G")

1. Social Science / Social Science, credits 30

a. World History (required), semester credits 10

b. United States History (required), semester credits 10

c. United States Government (one semester course required), semester credits 5

d. Economics* (one semester course required), semester credits 5

* This course is considered a "G" by UC/CSU

2. English, credits 40

3. Mathematics, credits 30

a. Math 1 - At minimum, one course Math 1 (required)

* If a student has taken Math 1 in middle school, this requirement is waived for high school.

b. Must take three different Math courses

4. Science, credits 30

Including Biological and Physical Sciences

5. Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), credits 20

a. Fine Arts (required), semester credits 10

b. Practical Arts (required) Some Practical Arts courses are considered "G" by UC/CSU, semester credits 10

6. Electives, credits 60

7. Physical Education, credits 20

a. PE 1 (required), semester credits 10

b. PE 2 or PE 2A or Sports PE (required), semester credits 10

Admittance into District Charter

Students who are in the second semester of their senior year, who are deficient in credits and/or who have any failing grades will not be admitted into the SLVUSD Charter program.

A foster youth, homeless student, or former juvenile court school student 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)

In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall facilitate the on-time graduation of children of military families by waiving specific course requirements for graduation if the student has satisfactorily completed similar coursework in another district. (Education Code 49701)

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

Retroactive Diplomas

Any student who completed grade 12 in the 2003-04 through 2014-15 school year and has met all applicable graduation requirements other than the passage of the high school exit examination shall be granted a high school diploma. (Education Code 60851.6)

Supplemental Methods of Earning Credits for Graduation

In addition to credits earned through attendance at San Lorenzo Valley High School and SLVUSD Charter, full make-up credit will be accepted for work successfully completed through the following:

1. Courses offered by other public high schools, pre-approved by the high school principal or his/her designee or Charter School Principal.

2. Courses offered by other private high schools, pre-approved by the high school principal or his/her designee or Charter School Principal.

3. Concurrent enrollment in a community college, pre-approved by the high school principal or his/her designee or Charter School Principal.

4. Accredited University of California high school on-line correspondence courses, pre-approved by the high school principal or his/her designee or Charter School Principal.

5. Courses offered by an accredited Adult School, pre-approved by the high school principal or his/her designee or Charter School Principal.

6. Accredited colleges and universities with policies that allow transfer of credits back to the high school to be applied to graduation (i.e. BYU), pre-approved by the high school principal or his/her designee or Charter School Principal.

7. Alternative Schools/Programs Credit, pre-approved by the high school principal or his/her designee or Charter School Principal. The principal or his/her designee shall determine the credit value of work completed through independent study.

8. Course credit for certain out-of-school instruction or activities, pre-approved by the high school principal or his/her designee or Charter School Principal. (In accordance with EC 51225 and 5CCR1663.)

9. Sports PE may be taken in lieu of PE 2 or PE 2A (during 10th, 11th, and 12th grades only), only if a student maintains a B or higher in PE 1, passes the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT; in 5 of the 6 sections), and participates in one or more school sport. A maximum of 20 Sports PE credits can be earned in grades 10-12. Sports PE, like zero period, is an opportunity to add a class to a student schedule -Sports PE/zero period is not to replace periods 1-6. In the 2013-14 school year, this only applies to the class of 2017. In 2014-15 school year, this applies to all grades/classes.

Courses taken in summer school after 8th grade and before 9th grade may apply toward meeting course or credit requirements, but requires pre-approval by the high school principal or his/her designee or Charter School Principal.

Failure to Meet Graduation Requirements

Students may neither participate in graduation nor receive a diploma until they complete all graduation requirements. Students who do not meet all requirements after eight full semesters may complete their high school graduation requirements and receive a diploma by:

1. Immediately enrolling as a fifth year student with principal's or his/her designee's approval.

A list of all 5th year seniors will be sent to the Superintendent's office no later than September 5th.

2. Completing course work equivalent (with pre-approval) to that not completed at the high school by enrolling and receiving credits from:

a. A community college

b. An accredited adult school

c. An accredited private high school

d. Another accredited public high school

e. University of California high school on-line correspondence courses

f. A summer school offered by an accredited high school

Waivers

Exceptions to these graduation requirements and conditions may be granted by the principal only after submission to and approval by the Superintendent and Board. Math 1 must be consistent with Education Code 60851, 51225.3, 51228, 51241.

The Superintendent or designee shall exempt or waive specific course requirements for foster youth, homeless students, and children of military families in accordance with Education Code 51225.1 and 49701.

(cf. 6173 - Education for Homeless Children)

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

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

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 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 diplomas; foreign exchange students

51225.6 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 SAN LORENZO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 13, 2018 Ben Lomond, California