Beginning with the graduating class of 2020, students must meet one or more of the state-identified pathways, in addition to other graduation requirements, to graduate from high school. RCW 28A.655.250
Each student’s high school and beyond plan (HSBP) must include information about which pathway a student is on, recognizing that this pathway may change based on a student’s academic needs and interests. See procedure 2400 P3 for information on the HSBP.
Available graduation pathways are:
- State Assessments: Meeting or exceeding the graduation standard established by the state board of education under RCW 28A.305.130 on the statewide high school assessments in English language arts and mathematics.
- Dual Credit Courses: Completing and qualifying for college credit in dual credit courses in English language arts and mathematics. A "dual credit course" means a course in which a student qualifies for college and high school credit in English language arts or mathematics upon successfully completing the course.
- High School Transition Courses: Earning high school credit in a high school transition course, such as Bridge to College, in English language arts and mathematics. A "high school transition course" is an English language arts or mathematics course offered in high school where successful completion by the student ensures the student college-level placement at a participating institution of higher education. High school transition courses must satisfy core or elective credit graduation requirements established by the state board of education. A student's successful completion of a high school transition course does not entitle the student to be admitted to an institution of higher education.
- Advanced Coursework: Earning high school credit, with a B grade, or receiving a three or higher on the AP exam, or equivalent, in AP, international baccalaureate, or Cambridge international courses in English language arts and mathematics; or receiving a four or higher on international baccalaureate exams. For English language arts, successfully completing any of the following courses meets the standard: AP English language and composition literature, macroeconomics, microeconomics, psychology, United States history, world history, United States government and politics, or comparative government and politics; or any of the international baccalaureate individuals and societies courses. For mathematics, successfully completing any of the following courses meets the standard: statistics, computer science, computer science principles, or calculus; or any of the international baccalaureate mathematics courses.
- SAT or ACT Exams: Meet or exceed the scores established by the state board of education for the mathematics portion and the reading, English, or writing portion of the SAT or ACT.
- Combination: Successfully completing at least one English language arts option and at least one mathematics option established in sections 1-5, above.
- ASVAB: Meet standard in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test.
- Career & Technical Education Courses: Complete a sequence of career and technical education courses that are relevant to a student's postsecondary pathway, including those leading to workforce entry, state or nationally approved apprenticeships, or postsecondary education, and that meet either: the curriculum requirements of core plus programs for aerospace, maritime, health care, information technology, or construction and manufacturing; or the minimum criteria identified in RCW 28A.700.030. Students are not required to enroll in a preparatory course that is approved under RCW 10 28A.700.030 to meet this pathway.
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Superintendent: June 2020