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

    In July 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed ESHB 2224, also known as the assessment bill. The new legislation will allow some students who were unable to graduate after not passing a state assessment to appeal and possibly receive their diploma. This applies to students in the classes of 2014-18. We are currently waiting for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to provide an appeal process before we can move forward. We will update our website when we have additional information. You may also fill out our online form and we will contact you when we know more.  

    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 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 and beyond.
     
    Graduation requirements in Español: 20172018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 and beyond.
    Graduation requirements in Vietnamese: 2021 and Beyond
     
     
    Subject Graduating Class 
      2017 2018 - 2020 2021 & Beyond
    English
    4 4
    Mathematics
    Class of 2017-2020: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or other 3rd credit of math*
    Science
    Including at least 1 lab science
    2 2
    Social Studies
    Class of 2017: 1 US History, 1 Cont. Wld Hist/Geo/Problems and 1 Other Social Studies
    Class of 2018-21: 1 US History, 1 Cont. Global Issues, 0.5 Civics and 0.5 Other Social Studies
    3 3 3
    World Language
    0 0 2
    Arts
    1 2
    Health & Fitness
    0.5 Health and 1.5 Fitness
    2 2 2
    Occupational Education    
    1 1 1
    Electives
    7 7 4
    Total Required Credits 23 23 24
    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
    • Smarter Balanced (SBA) English/Language Arts (ELA) test  
    • 2018: Algebra EOC or Geometry EOC or Math SBA 
      2019 & 2020: Mathematics SBA
    • 2020: Comprehensive Science (assessment to be created based on NGSS)
     
    • Smarter Balanced (SBA) English/Language Arts (ELA) test 
    • SBA Math Test 
    • Comprehensive Science (assessment to be created based on NGSS)
     
     
    *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

Raisbeck Aviation Graduation Requirements

  • Raisbeck Aviation High School has unique graduation requirements:

     

    Subject

    District

    RAHS

    District (2021 & Beyond)

    RAHS (2021 & Beyond)

    English

    4.0

    4.0

    4

    4

    Math

    3.0

    3.0 (Thru Algebra II)

    3

    3.0 (Thru Algebra II)

    Science (1.0 Lab)

    2.0

    3.0

    3

    3.0

    Social Studies

    3.0

    3.0

    3

    3.0

    World Language

    0.0

    2.0 (In same language)

    2

    2.0 (In same language)

    Arts

    1

    1

    2

    2

    Fitness/Health

    2

    2

    2

    Occupational Education  1  1  1  1
    Electives

    7

    4

    4

    4

    TOTALS

    23

    23

    24

    24