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Policy 2410

High School Graduation Requirements

The board will establish graduation requirements which at a minimum satisfy those established by the State Board of Education.  The board will approve additional graduation requirements as recommended by the superintendent or designee. Graduation requirements in effect when a student first enrolls in high school will remain in effect until that student graduates. The board will award a regular high school diploma to every student enrolled in the district who meets the requirements established by the district.  Only one diploma will be awarded with no distinctions being made between the various programs of instruction that may be pursued.


Each student must meet the following requirements to graduate from high school:

  1. Complete the credit requirements specified in the procedure accompanying this policy;
  2. Demonstrate career and college readiness by completing a high school and beyond plan; and
  3. Meet the requirements of at least one graduation pathway option described in the procedure accompanying this policy.


The superintendent or designee will develop procedures for implementing this policy according to applicable state law.


Cross References:

3110   Qualifications of Attendance and Placement

3241   Student Discipline

3520   Student Fees, Fines and Charges


Legal References

Laws of 2019, Ch. 252, § 201 Graduation pathway options for the graduating class of 2020 and subsequent classes

RCW 28A.155.045         Certificate of individual achievement

RCW 28A.230.090         High school graduation requirements or equivalencies — High school and beyond plans – career and college ready requirements and waivers – Reevaluation of graduation requirements- Credit for courses taken before attending high school — Postsecondary credit equivalencies

RCW 28A.230.097         Career and technical high school course equivalencies

RCW 28A.230.120         High school diplomas – Issuance-Option to receive final transcripts – Notice

RCW 28A.230.122         International baccalaureate diplomas

RCW 28A.600.500         Graduation Ceremonies – Tribal Regalia

RCW 28A.600.300-400  Running Start Program- Definition

RCW 28A.635.060         Defacing or injuring school property — Liability of pupil, parent or guardian – withholding grades, diploma or transcripts – Suspension and restitution – Voluntary work program as alternative – Rights protected

RCW 28A.655.250 Graduation pathway options

RCW 28A.655.260 Graduation pathway options—Review and monitoring—Participation data

Chapter 180-51 WAC     High School Graduation Requirements

WAC 392-121-182          Alternative learning experience requirements

Chapter 392-169 WAC  Special Service Programs – Running Start Program

Chapter 392-348 WAC   Secondary Education

Chapter 392-410 WAC   Courses of Study and Equivalencies

WAC 392-410-350          Seal of Biliteracy

WAC 392-415-070          Mandatory high school transcript contents- Items- Timelines

Laws of 2018, Ch. 127, Civics Education


Management Resources:  

2020 – December Issue

2019 – July Issue

2018- May Issue
2017 – October Issue
2015 – October Issue
2014 – December Issue
2013 – September Issue
2012 – April Issue
2011 – October Issue
2010 – June Issue
2009 – April Issue
2009 – February Issue

Policy News, August 2007  Graduation Requirements Modified by Legislature

Policy News, October 2004 Graduation Requirements: High School and Beyond Plans

Policy News, February 2004 High School Graduation      Requirements

Policy News, December 2000 2004 High School Graduation Requirements Adopted

Policy News, April 1999 Variations Complicate College Credit Equivalencies

 La Center School District

Adopted: May 26th, 2009; Revised: June 28th, 2011; February 25th, 2014, July 22nd, 2014 February 25, 2020; April 27, 2021, December 22, 2023 Non-Substantive update ( Legal Reference update only)