Lakewood School District Graduation Requirements

Subject Area and Credit Requirements
High School graduates must fulfill minimum graduation requirements. To receive a diploma from Lakewood High School students in the Class of 2012 must successfully complete the following credit requirements:

Subject Credits
English
Mathematics
Social Studies
    U S History and Government, World History and Current World Issues
Science
Occupational Education
Physical Education
Health
Fine Arts
Electives
4.0 credits
2.0 credits
3.0 credits

2.0 credits
1.0 credit
1.5 credits
.5 credit
1.0 credit
7.5 credits
Total Credits
22.5 credits

Students in the Class of 2013 and beyond must complete the following credit requirements:

Subject Credits
English
Mathematics
Social Studies
    U S History, World History and Current World Issues
Science
Occupational Education
Physical Education
Health
Fine Arts
Electives
4.0 credits
3.0 credits
3.0 credits

2.0 credits
1.0 credit
1.5 credits
.5 credit
1.0 credit
6.5 credits
Total Credits
22.5 credits

Culminating Project and High School and Beyond Plan
The Cougar PATH stands for P - Portfolio of Best Work, A - Activities for PATH Sessions, T - Two Options= , H - Highly prepared Cougars.  The Cougar PATH, satisfies the Washington State graduation requirements of a Culminating Project and a High School and Beyond Plan. The Cougar PATH includes:

PATH Sessions
Each student is assigned a teacher with whom to complete Cougar PATH activities. Students complete goal setting and career planning activities including individual plans for high school and beyond.

Portfolio of Best Work
Each student turns in three examples of their best work from their classes each year. These examples come from three different subjects.

Culminating Project
Senior students are required to complete a two-part project as their final PATH requirements. Each student must successfully complete one out of the following three options for graduation in accordance with the assessment criteria established for each option:
  1. Career Exploration - This consists of a minimum of 20 hours paid or unpaid work, a mentorship, internship or job-shadow in a position that is related to the students’ career goals.
  2. Community Service - Twenty hours of unpaid work for the benefit of a community member or organization.
  3. Project - This project could encompass virtually any area of the student’s interest. The project is a physical demonstration of one or more skills the student has refined during the Cougar PATH activities.
For the second part of the project, all students present their Notebooks and 5th Year Plan to a board, and all students  write a personal narrative

Certificate of Academic Achievement or Individual Achievement
Graduates are required to complete the Certificate of Academic Achievement, which is accomplished through successful completion of all required sections of the Washington state assessment or an appropriate alternative assessment prior to graduation. In addition, students must earn the appropriate number of credits required by the district, complete a culminating project, and complete the high school and beyond plan. In lieu of the Certificate of Academic Achievement, special education students may earn a Certificate of Individual Achievement as determined by their individual education plan.

Mathematics Requirements
Students in the class of 2009-2012 must successfully pass the mathematics portion of the state assessment or an appropriate alternative. Those students who fail to pass the mathematics portion of the state assessment must also earn two mathematics credits or career and technical education equivalent mathematics credits after 10th grade or meet standards on a mathematics collection of evidence or meet standard on the math ACT, math SAT, or calculus or statistics Advanced Placement course exam. Credits earned must meet high school standards. Students in the Class of 2013 and beyond must pass the mathematics portion of the state assessment, an alternative assessment, or an end of course examination; and complete science requirements: students in the class of 2013 and beyond must pass the science state assessment or an appropriate alternative.

Students, in the Class of 2013 and beyond, must complete mathematics courses in one of the following progressive sequences.
  • Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II; or
  • Integrated Mathematics I, Integrated mathematics II, and Integrated mathematics III; or
  • Any combination of (a) and (b) in progressive sequence.
In lieu of a third credit of mathematics students may choose an alternative mathematics course, if the parent/guardian agrees that the third credit mathematics elective is supportive of the student’s education and career goals. Before approval of the elective third mathematics credit a meeting will be held with the student, the parent/guardian and the school staff to discuss the students’ High School and Beyond Plan and the mathematics requirements for post-secondary and career choices.

The district will obtain a signed consent from the parent for the student to enroll in the alternative third credit of mathematics. The consent form will confirm the meeting, that the parent understands the impact of the selection on the student’s educational and employment options, and that the alternative is most appropriate for the needs of the student.
Students may also satisfy the mathematics requirements by earning equivalency based credit in career and technical education mathematics courses. Those credits must be recorded using the equivalent academic high school department designation.

Helpful Links
Board Policy 4850, High School Graduation Requirements
State Graduation Requirements
Graduation Toolkit
Graduation Check List for the Class of 2012
Graduation Check List for the Class of 2013
Graduation Check List for the Class of 2014
 
Last Modified on October 7, 2010
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