Graduation Requirements

To earn a high school diploma, a student must:
  • Earn specific high school credits (details below)
  • Pass state tests or approved test alternatives (details below)
  • Complete a High School and Beyond Plan  
Required Credits & Tests 
The State of Washington Graduation Toolkit outlines graduation requirements. Track your progress using the State of Washington Graduation ChecklistThe Washington State Board of Education offers an interactive graduation requirement table online.
 
Highline Public Schools' graduation requirements include 23 credits (shown below). For a full description and explanation of Graduation Requirements, please refer to School Board Policy 2410. View printable graduation requirements for the class of 201620172018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 and beyond.
 
Here are links to our graduation requirements in Español: 20172018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 and beyond.
 
SubjectGraduating Class 
  2016 2017 & 2018 2019 & Beyond
English
4 4
Mathematics
Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or other 3rd credit of math*
Science
Including at least 1 lab science
2 2
Social Studies
Class of 2015-17: 1 US History, 1 Cont. Wld Hist/ Geo/ Problems and 1 Other Social Studies
Class of 2018-20: 1 US History, 1 Cont. Global Issues, 0.5 Civics and 0.5 Other Social Studies 
3 3 3
World Language
0 0 0
Arts
1 1
Health & Fitness
0.5 Health and 1.5 Fitness
2 2 2
Occupational Education    
1 1 1
Electives
7 7 7
Total Required Credits 23 23
23
Non-credit Requirements
  • Certificate of Academic Achievement or Individual Achievement awarded to students who pass the required assessments** 
  • Washington State history and government
  • Certificate of Academic Achievement or Individual Achievement awarded to students who pass the required assessments** 
  • Washington State history and government
  • Certificate of Academic Achievement or Individual Achievement awarded to students who pass the required assessments**
  • Washington State history and government
Assessments
  • Reading and Writing HSPEs or English Language Arts SBA
  • Algebra EOC or Geometry EOC or Math SBA
  • English Language Arts SBA 
  • Algebra EOC or Geometry EOC or Math SBA 
  • Biology EOC
  • English Language Arts SBA
  • Mathematics SBA
  • Biology EOC
 
*A student may elect to pursue a 3rd credit of math other than algebra 2 if the elective choice is based on a career oriented program of study identified in the student’s High School and Beyond Plan, and the student, parent or guardian, and a school representative meet, discuss the plan, and sign a form (WAC 180-51-067(2)(b).

**Students receiving special education services are eligible to earn a certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA)/high school diploma by meeting standard in the Washington Alternative Assessment System (WAAS). Eligibility is determined by a student’s IEP team.
 
***A waiver was granted from Washington State to postpone the start of the new state graduation requirements until 2021. The 2018 credit requirements will be in place through 2020.  
 
****Highline Public Schools and the State removed the Culminating Project requirement for the class of 2015. Fifth year seniors are no longer required to complete the Culminating Project for graduation. Schools no longer have a process for doing the culminating project, and the designation of ‘completed the culminating project’ has been removed from the transcript, meaning that even if a student did the project there is no way of indicating that on the transcript.  
 
Minimum Requirements for Washington 4 Year College 
 
English (Must include 3 credits of Literature & Composition)​
4 credits
Mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry)
3 credits
Science (2 credits of lab science. One must be algebra based. One must be biology, chemistry or physics)​
2+ credits
Social Studies (civics, history, and geography) ​
3 credits
Health and Fitness
2 credits
Arts​ (fine, visual, or performing arts) 
1 credit
Occupational Education
1 credit
World Language ​(Both credits in same language)
2 credits
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