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Santa Maria Joint Union HSD |  9000 |  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/or employment.

Students who have satisfactorily completed all of the requirements as stated in district policy shall be granted diplomas of the district.

(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)

Comprehensive High School Graduation Course Requirements

Beginning with the Class of 2011, students shall receive diplomas of graduation from high school only after completing the prescribed course of study, passing a minimum of 220 credits, and meeting the California High School Exit Examination requirement. Students shall complete at least the following courses in grades 9-12, with each course being one year unless otherwise specified:

(Education Code 51225.3)

1. Four years of English (four years); 10 credits in each grade

2. Ten credits of English must be taken during the senior year

3. English Learners may earn a maximum of 30 English credits from English Language Development (ELD). The remaining English credits must be earned from L2 or mainstream English courses.

4. Students taking intervention classes may earn a maximum of 20 credits in district approved intervention courses and must earn an additional 20 credits in Regular English classes.

(cf. 6142.91 - Reading/Language Arts Instruction)

5. Two years of mathematics (Education Code 51225.3)

At least one mathematics course, or a combination of the two mathematics courses required for completion in grades 9-12, shall meet or exceed state academic content standards for Algebra I. (Education Code 51224.5)

Completion, prior to grade 9, of algebra coursework that meets or exceeds state academic content standards shall satisfy the algebra coursework requirement but shall not exempt a student from the requirement to complete two mathematics courses in grades 9-12. (Education Code 51224.5)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

6. Two years of science, including one-year of biological science and one-year of physical science. (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6142.93 - Science Instruction)

7. Three years of social studies, including United States history and geography; world history, culture, and geography; a one-semester course in American government and civics; and a one-semester course in economics (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6142.3 - Civic Education)

8. One year in visual or performing arts, foreign language, CTE, or American Sign Language (Education Code 51225.3)

Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, students who have not completed the Foreign Language or Visual and Performing Arts requirement of 10 credits for graduation, will have the option of fulfilling this requirement by taking an approved Career-Technical Education course.

(cf. 6142.6 - Visual and Performing Arts Education)

9. Two years of physical education (two years in grades 9-10), unless the student has been otherwise exempted pursuant to other sections of the Education Code (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education)

10. 5 credits of Health

11. 75 credits of Electives

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)

The Superintendent or designee shall exempt or waive specific course requirements for foster youth or children of military families in accordance with Education Code 51225.3 and 49701.

(cf. 6173.1 - Education of Foster Youth)

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

Continuation High School and Alternative Education Differential Graduation Course Requirements

In order to meet individual student needs and encourage all students to complete their high school education, the Board desires to provide flexibility in the completion of prescribed courses in accordance with law. Beginning with the Class of 2011, students enrolled in the continuation high school or other district alternative education programs shall receive diplomas of graduation from high school only after completing the prescribed course of study, passing a minimum of 205 credits, and meeting the California High School Exit Examination requirement. Students shall complete at least the following courses in grades 9-12, with each course being one year unless otherwise specified: (Education Code 51225.3)

1. Four years of English (4 years); 10 credits in each grade

2. Ten credits of English must be taken during the senior year.

3. English Learners may earn a maximum of 30 English credits from English Language Development (ELD). The remaining English credits must be earned from L2 or mainstream English courses.

4. Students taking intervention classes may earn a maximum of 20 credits in district approved intervention courses and must earn an additional 20 credits in Regular English classes.

(cf. 6142.91 - Reading/Language Arts Instruction)

5. Two years of mathematics (Education Code 51225.3)

At least one mathematics course, or a combination of the two mathematics courses required for completion in grades 9-12, shall meet or exceed state academic content standards for Algebra I. (Education Code 51224.5)

Completion, prior to grade 9, of algebra coursework that meets or exceeds state academic content standards shall satisfy the algebra coursework requirement but shall not exempt a student from the requirement to complete two mathematics courses in grades 9-12. (Education Code 51224.5)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

6. Two years of science, including one-year of biological science and one-year of physical science. (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6142.93 - Science Instruction)

7. Three years of social studies, including United States history and geography; world history, culture, and geography; a one-semester course in American government and civics; and a one-semester course in economics (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6142.3 - Civic Education)

8. One year in visual or performing arts, foreign language, or American Sign Language (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6142.6 - Visual and Performing Arts Education)

9. Two years of physical education (two years in grades 9-10), unless the student has been otherwise exempted pursuant to other sections of the Education Code (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education)

10. 5 Credits of Health

11. 60 Credits of Electives

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)

The Superintendent or designee shall exempt or waive specific course requirements for foster youth or children of military families in accordance with Education Code 51225.3 and 49701.

(cf. 6173.1 - Education of Foster Youth)

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

High School Exit Examination

As a condition of high school graduation, each student completing grade 12 shall have successfully passed the state exit examination in language arts and mathematics unless he/she receives a waiver or exemption. (Education Code 60851, 60859)

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

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)

Supplemental instruction shall be offered to any student in grade 7-12 who does not demonstrate "sufficient progress," as defined in BP 6179-Supplemental Instruction, toward passing the exit exam. (Education Code 37252, 60851)

(cf. 5148.2 - Before/After School Programs)

(cf. 6176 - Weekend/Saturday Classes)

(cf. 6177 - Summer School)

(cf. 6179 - Supplemental Instruction)

Students who have not passed one or both parts of the exit exam by the end of grade 12 shall have the opportunity depending on funding to receive intensive instruction and services for up to two consecutive academic years after completion of grade 12 or until they have passed both parts of the exam, whichever comes first. (Education Code 37254)

(cf. 1312.4 - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

In addition to intensive remedial instruction, the district shall offer students who have passed all state and local graduation requirements except for passage of one or both parts of the exit exam the following options beyond their regular senior year until they pass the exam depending on funding:

* CAHSEE Tutoring

* Independent Study

(cf. 0420.4 - Charter Schools)

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)

(cf. 6184 - Continuation Education)

The Superintendent or designee shall regularly report to the Board regarding the number of students who have fulfilled all local and state graduation requirements except for the passage of the exit exam and the resources that have been offered to such students.

Academic Scholar Diploma Seal

The Board encourages students to take academically challenging courses and to go beyond the minimum local and State graduation requirements. To recognize students who avail themselves of this academically enriched course of study, the Board will bestow the Academic Scholar Diploma Seal to those students enrolled at the comprehensive high schools who have successfully completed the following requirements:

1. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average (non weighted) of 3.5 or above from the beginning of the ninth grade year to the end of the first semester and/or second term of their senior year

2. Completion of the minimum University of California (A-G) requirements for college admission

3. Completion of 230 or more course credits

Certificates of Completion

Students who have passed all the district's course requirements by the end of their senior year but are unable to pass the high school exit exam shall receive a certificate of completion.

The Superintendent or designee shall regularly report to the Board regarding the number of students receiving a certificate of completion and the resources that have been offered to such students.

Retroactive Diplomas

The district may retroactively grant a high school diploma to a former student who was interned by order of the federal government during World War II or who is an honorably discharged veteran of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, provided that he/she was enrolled in a district school immediately preceding the internment or military service and he/she did not receive a diploma because his/her education was interrupted due to the internment or military service. (Education Code 51430)

In addition, the Board 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)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35186 Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures

37252 Supplemental instructional programs

37254 Supplemental instruction based on failure to pass exit exam by end of grade 12

37254.1 Required student participation in supplemental instruction

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

51225.3 Requirements 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

51450-51455 Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

51745 Independent study restrictions

52378 Supplemental school counseling program

56390-56392 Recognition for educational achievement, special education

60850-60859 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 SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: April 18, 2007 Santa Maria, California

revised: March 14, 2012