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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Policy 2418 – WAIVER OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CREDITS

It is the policy of the Highline School Board to provide all students with the opportunity to complete graduation requirements without discrimination and without disparate impact on groups of students. The board acknowledges that there may be rare instances when circumstances arise that prevent a student from earning all of the credits required for high school graduation. Therefore, the board delegates to the superintendent or his/her designee discretion to grant a waiver of a maximum of two elective or locally-designated credits required for graduation.

Such circumstances may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Homelessness;
  • A health condition resulting in an inability to attend class;
  • Denial of an opportunity to retake classes or enroll in credit retrieval, credit recovery, or other courses to improve academic skills; free of charge during the first four years of high school;
  • Transfer during the last two years of high school from a school with different graduation requirements; and
  • Other circumstances (e.g., emergency, natural disaster, trauma, personal or family crisis) that directly compromised a student’s ability to learn.

Students should not be considered for a waiver solely because of their English proficiency or disability status. 

A student’s parent/guardian, an adult student or a student’s counselor must file the district’s Application for Waiver of High School Graduation Credits (Form 2418F) with the superintendent’s office no later than the first day of Spring Break of the year of the student’s scheduled graduation date.

District Cross Reference:
2410 - High School Graduation Requirements

WSSDA Cross References:
2418 Waiver of High School Graduation Credits

Legal Reference:
RCW 28A.230.090 High school graduation requirements or equivalencies—High school and beyond plans—Career and college ready graduation requirements and waivers—Reevaluation of graduation requirements—Language requirements—Credit for courses taken before attending high school—Postsecondary credit equivalencies RCW 28A.345.080 Model policy and procedure for granting waivers of credit for high school graduation
RCW 28A.345.080 Model policy and procedure for granting waivers of credit for high school graduation.
WAC 180-51-068 State subject and credit requirements for high school graduation—Students entering the ninth grade on or after July 1, 2015.
WAC 180-51-050 High school credit—Definition.

Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: April 2020
Revised by the Board:
Classification: Essential