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Graduation Requirements

CVSD Classes of 2020–2023
High school graduates must fulfill the following requirements to receive a high school diploma. Set by the Washington State Board of Education and the CVSD Board of Directors (Policy 2410), these requirements help ensure graduates have a solid foundation of skills and knowledge to be prepared for the next steps in life.

1. Earn Class Credits –
Students attending all district high schools in fall 2018 must pass at least 23 credits (Class of 2020) or 24 credits (Classes of 2021-2023) in specified subject areas. One-half credit is awarded for each successfully completed course.
2. Meet State Graduation Pathway Requirements –
Students in the classes of 2020-2023 have multiple pathways they can access to graduate (see bulleted list below).
Each pathway option listed below that is utilized by a student to meet the graduation pathway requirement must be in alignment with the student's high school and beyond plan (HSBP). Students must attempt the Smarter Balanced ELA and Mathematics assessments and complete at least one of the following:
  • Achieve a passing graduation score on the Smarter-Balanced English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments;
  • Complete and qualify for college credit in dual credit courses in ELA and mathematics. For the purposes of this pathway, “dual credit course” means a course in which a student qualifies for both college and high school credit upon successful completion of the course;
  • Earn high school credit in a high school transition course in ELA and mathematics such as “Bridge to College” courses;
  • Earn high school credit, with a C+ grade or higher, or receive a three or higher on an AP exam, or equivalent (e.g., International Baccalaureate, Cambridge international, etc.) in a qualifying ELA and/or math course;
  • Meet or exceed the scores established by the State Board of Education (SBE) for the mathematics portion and the reading, English or writing portions of the SAT or ACT;
  • Meet any combination of at least one ELA option and at least one mathematics option listed above;
  • Meet standard in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), or;
  • Complete a sequence of career and technical education (CTE) courses that are relevant to a student's post-secondary pathway.
3. Complete a High School and Beyond Plan –
Students must detail their plans for meeting high school graduation requirements and for the first year following high school completion. The plan is intended to help students identify post-secondary paths such as education, military, travel and work by thinking about their future and providing motivation for their current work in high school. The plan is updated throughout the student's high school years.
Updated July 2018
All requirements are subject to changes implemented by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Visit for most current information.