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Graduation Requirements

General Requirements

The minimum number of credits needed for graduation is 23.12 credits
  1. Each course has a .34 credit value
  2. Students must continue to earn credits each year to maintain progress toward graduation
    • a. A student needs to have earned 17.00 credits to be considered a senior.
Students must complete the Culminating Project, credit requirements, state testing requirements, and the 12th grade requirements to earn a diploma from Cheney High School.
Credit for learning experience outside of Cheney High School may be granted for successful completion of the following programs:
Approved work experience
  • Spokane Area Skills Center course work
  • Running Start
  • On-line/Correspondence Course Work 8
 
High School Graduation Requirements

4 Steps to Graduation

Step One – Credit Requirements

Academic Area Credits

Mathematics (Grades 9-12)………………………………………....…...3.06

(Students must complete Algebra II or equivalent)

Language Arts (Grades 9-12) ………………………………..…....……4.08

Social Studies

World History (Grade 10) ……………………………………………… 1.02

U. S. History (Grade 11) ……………………………………………...…1.02

Economics (Grade 12) …………………………………………………… .34

Current World Issues (Grade 12) ………………………………………… .34

Government (Grade 12) ……………………………………………….....  .34

Science

Physical Science (Grade 9) ………………………………………………1.02

Biology (Grade 10) ………………………………………………………1.02

Career & Technical Education (Grades 9-12) …………………………1.02

Physical Education & Health

Health (Grade 9) …………………………………………………………  .68

Freshman Fitness (Grade 9)……………………………………………....  .34

Physical Education (Grades 9-12) ………………………………………. 1.02

Visual & Performing Arts (Grades 9-12) ………………………………1.02

Elective Credits (9-12)………………………  ………………………… 6.80

Step Two – High School and Beyond Plan

Students develop a plan for meeting the high school graduation requirements and for connecting successfully to their next steps in life. A student’s plan should include the classes needed in preparation for a 2- or 4-year college, vocational or technical school, certificate program, or the workforce.

At CHS that means:

Complete a High School and Beyond Plan during 9th grade, updated each year during registration orientation.

Complete a Transition Plan your senior year, stating specifically what career you have chosen and steps needed to enter that career.

Every student has a Portfolio in the Career Center. This Portfolio contains information regarding pathway choices, plans, Culminating Project assignments, and any other information students choose to include pertinent to their future plans.

Step Three – Complete a Culminating Project (Cheney School District - School Board Policy)

This integrated learning project helps students understand the connection between school and the real world. Some samples include a portfolio collection, studying topics of interest, engaging in meaningful career internships, or developing in-depth projects, to name a few. Project assignments must be completed with 70% accuracy. 9

At CHS that means:

Culminating Project Activities

In Economics class, that includes an Economics Report that is connected to your career choice/pathway and a Career Unit that states and researches a specific career that you intend to enter after high school.

In Current World Issues, a Current Issue Report connected to your pathway and a Community Service project that is based on your pathway and also serves others in the community (10 hours minimum required for all seniors). Running Start students are required to complete community service hours.

In Senior Language Arts, a Writing Competency that demonstrates your writing abilities that relate to the literature books you read your senior year. A Reflection Paper incorporates your chosen career and the impact your courses and your experiences at CHS have had on your decisions.
 
RUNNING START students who attend colleges for LA/ECON/CWI do not need to complete that section of the senior project, except the Community Service requirements.

Step Four – Earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement or Certificate of Individual Achievement

The certificates tell families, schools, businesses, and colleges that an individual student has mastered a minimum set of skills by graduation. Students earn the Certificate of Academic Achievement by meeting state assessment standards in reading, writing, math and science (2015), or on one of the Certificate of Academic Achievement Options (state-approved alternatives to the HSPE). Students in special education programs who are unable to take the high school HSPE can earn the

Certificate of Individual Achievement by demonstrating their skills through a portfolio or through a modified HSPE score.

For the class of 2015 and 2016, that means:

Meet the state’s reading, writing, mathematics, and science standards
Reading (minimum score 400) and Writing (minimum score 17) – Pass reading and writing High School HSPE, 11th grade Smarter Balanced ELA, assessment for students in special education, or Pass reading and writing Certificate of Academic Achievement Option (state-approved alternative*).

Math (minimum score 400) – Pass one math end-of-course exam , or an assessment for students in special education, or Pass Certificate of Academic Achievement Option (state-approved alternative*).

Science (minimum score 400) – Pass the Biology end-of-course exam, or assessment for students in special education, or Pass Certificate of Academic Achievement Option (state-approved alternative*).

*Students must take each high school state exam at least once before using a state-approved alternative.

For the class of 2017 and 2018, that means:

Meet the state’s reading, writing, mathematics, and science standards
ELA – Pass, 10th grade ELA exit exam, 11th grade Smarter Balanced ELA test, assessment for students in special education, or Pass reading and writing Certificate of Academic Achievement Option (state-approved alternative*).

Math (minimum score 400) – Pass one math end-of-course exam , 11th grade Smarter Balanced math test, an assessment for students in special education, or Pass Certificate of Academic Achievement Option (state-approved alternative*).

Science (minimum score 400) – Pass the Biology end-of-course exam, or assessment for students in special education, or Pass Certificate of Academic Achievement Option (state-approved alternative*).

*Students must take each high school state exam at least once before using a state-approved alternative.

State-Approved Alternatives

Students who have the skills, but are unable to show them on the HSPE/EoC/Smarter Balance, may use the CAA Options or state-approved alternatives. Students may access the options after taking the high school HSPE once.

Students who transfer into a public high school in the 11th and 12th grade from out of state, or from an in-state, non-public school setting, may have immediate access to the CAA Options without taking a high school assessment. The Certificate of Academic Achievement Options are:

Collection of Evidence (CoE) – Students compile a set of classroom work samples with the help of a teacher(s). Collections for students in Career and Technical Education programs can include work from their program. The state scores CoE twice a year.

SAT or ACT – Students may use their math, reading, or English and writing scores on college readiness tests. The minimum scores are:

Reading – SAT: 350, ACT: 13; Writing – SAT: 380, ACT: 15; Math – SAT: 470, ACT: 19.

Fee Waivers are available for eligible students to take the approved SAT, ACT, and AP assessments, please see counselor.

Advanced Placement (AP) – Students may use a score of three or higher on select AP exams:

Math (calculus or statistics), Writing (English language and composition), and Reading (English literature and composition, macroeconomics, microeconomics, psychology, United States history, world history, United States government and politics, or comparative government and politics).

GPA Comparison (for 12th grade students only) – A student’s grades in math courses and/or English courses are compared with the grades of students who took the same courses AND passed the high school HSPE/EoC. To access this option, a student must have an overall cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 grading scale.

To learn more about state-approved alternatives, please visit: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/CAAoptions.

State Testing

For the purpose of state testing, students who have equal to or greater than 4.42 credits will test as sophomores, or as determined by the grade-level counselor