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Graduation Requirements

 

Columbia High School Graduation Requirements

Graduates of Columbia High School must earn 27.5 credits** in a number of areas, as shown below.

  • English -- 4 credits
  • Social Studies -- 3 credits
  • Math* --3 credits
  • Science -- 3 credits
  • Physical Ed -- 1.5 credits
  • Health-- 0.5 credits
  • Fine Arts -- 2 credits
  • Career & Technical Ed (CTE) -- 1.5 credit
  • World Language or Personalized Pathway Requirements-- 2 credits
  • Elective ** 7 credits

School district policy states that a student must meet all graduation requirements prior to graduation or they will not be allowed to walk in the graduation ceremony or attend the senior trip.

*Math: Students must obtain a full credit in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II (or an alternative 3rd year math class that is indicated in the student's High School and Beyond Plan)

** All classes taken above the minimum requirements in any area are counted as elective credits.

Find updated graduation requirements from Washington State Board of Education webpage for up-to-date changes in state graduation policy, including the Washington State Graduation Requirement chart

 

~30 hours of community service

~Senior Project and Presentation

~Required state assessments

 

Washington State Graduation Requirements

 

 Required Tests for Graduation

Class of Subject Test
2019 and 2020 ELA     Choose 1:
  • Smarter Balanced ELA test (exit exam score)**
  • WA-AIM (exit exam score)**
Math     Choose 1:
  • Smarter Balanced ELA test (exit exam score)**
  • WA-AIM (exit exam score)**

** “Exit exam” scores (for graduation requirements) are separate from what are known as the “college- and career-ready” scores. 

If a student meets or exceeds the college- and career-ready threshold score on the Smarter Balanced ELA test as a 10th grader, he or she will not have to take that test in 11th grade.

 

Alternatives to State Testing

Math

After taking at least one exam above, utilize one of the following CAA Options+

AP and College Admission Test:

                                SAT        ACT     AP

Mathematics           430         16        3++

 

GPA Comparison – This option may be available to students in 12th grade who have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher across all courses.

English/Language Arts (ELA)

After taking at least one exam above, utilize one of the following CAA Options+

 AP and College Admission Test:

                                           SAT*        ACT^        AP

English Language Arts    410           14            3#

    

GPA Comparison – This option may be available to students in 12th grade who have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher across all courses.

+

11th and 12th Grade out-of-state and private/home school transfer students may immediately be eligible to access the CAA options

++

Calculus or Statistics

^

with writing

#

English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology, United States History, World History, United States Government and Politics, or Comparative Government and Politics

 
 
   
GRADUATION TOOLKITS: Click below to learn about all the Washington State requirements for your graduation year.

Class of 2019                

Class of 2020

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