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Woodlake Unified School District |  BP  6146  Instruction

High School Graduation Requirements/Standards Proficiency   

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Total amount of units that a student must earn to qualify for a diploma are:

Woodlake Union High School: 240 Carnegie units

Bravo Lake High School: 180 Carnegie units

Included in the total must be units earned in the following fields of study:

Woodlake High School Bravo Lake High School

English 30 units 30 units

Mathematics 20 units 20 units

Science 20 units 20 units

(10 units in life science

and 10 in physical science)

Social Science 30 units 30 units

(10 units - World History;

10 units - U.S. History;

5 units - American Govt.;

5 units - Economics)


Education 20 units 20 units

Fine Arts/


Language 10 units 10 units

Freshman Core 10 units 10 units

(2.5 units - Driver Education;

2.5 units - Family Life;

2.5 units Careers;

2.5 units - Sub.Aware/St. Skills)


Service 5 units 5 units

Electives 95 units 35 units

__________ ________

Total Units 240 units 180 units

All students must pass tests in the areas of reading, theme writing and mathematics at the level of 70 percent in order to graduate.

Students graduating from Bravo Lake High School must spend one semester in residence on a full day basis.

The Governing Board recognizes that the prescribed course of study may not accommodate the needs of some students. The Board, with the active involvement of parents/guardians, administrators, teachers and students, shall adopt alternative means for the completion of prescribed courses, which may include:

1. Practical demonstration of skills and competencies.

2. Work experience or other outside school experience.

3. Vocational education classes offered in high schools.

(cf. 6178 - Vocational Education)

4. Courses offered by regional occupational centers or programs.

5. Interdisciplinary study.

6. Independent study.

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)

7. Credit earned at a postsecondary institution.

8. Credit for driver education and training which satisfies the requirements of Vehicle Code 12814.6.

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)

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

(cf. 5118 - Transfers)

(cf. 5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)

(cf. 6146.3 - Reciprocity on Standards of Proficiency/Graduation Requirements)

Standards of Proficiency

To receive a high school diploma, district students also must achieve at least minimum proficiency in reading comprehension, writing and mathematics. The Board shall adopt proficiency standards in these areas and any others it deems appropriate. All adopted proficiency standards shall correspond with the goals of the course of study required for graduation.

The Board shall actively involve administrators, teachers, counselors, students and parents/guardians broadly representative of the district's socioeconomic composition in the adoption of high school proficiency. (Education Code 51215)

The Superintendent shall provide for the periodic screening of assessment instruments for racial, cultural or sexual bias.

Students shall be assessed periodically to measure mastery of basic skills and shall be provided with additional instruction and opportunities to meet the standards established by the district.

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6146.5 - Elementary School Promotion/Standards of Proficiency)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

(cf. 6177 - Summer School)

Legal Reference:


37252 Summer school instructional programs

48430 Continuation education schools and classes

48980 Notification of parent/guardian

51224 Skills and knowledge required for adult life

51225.3 Requirements for graduation

51225.5 Honorary diplomas; foreign exchange students

51230 American government and civics

51240-51246 Exemptions from requirements

51410-51411 Diplomas

51420-51442 High school equivalency certificates

51450-51455 Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

60850-60856 High school exit exam


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


Debra P. v Turlington, 730 F.2d 1405 (1984)

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adopted: April 15, 1998 Woodlake, California