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2410 - High School Graduation Requirements

The Issaquah School District has established the following graduation requirements which, at a minimum, satisfy those established by the State Board of Education. The District will award a regular high school diploma to every student enrolled in the District who meets the requirements established by the District. Only one diploma will be awarded with no distinctions being made between the various programs of instruction which may be pursued.


The state requires students to earn a minimum of 24 credits across specified subject areas in order to graduate from high school, subject to certain school-wide or individually obtained waivers. School districts are permitted to establish credit requirements that exceed the minimum number established by the state. The District has established specific credit and subject area requirements for each District high school, which are explained in 2410P. Additional District- or school -specific credit requirements are detailed in each high school’s Course Guide.


Each student must develop a High School and Beyond Plan to guide the student’s high school experience, including graduation pathway and plans for postsecondary education or training and career, as provided in 2410P.


Students must meet the requirements of at least one District-approved graduation pathway in alignment with the student’s High School and Beyond Plan to be eligible to graduate. Students with disabilities who receive special education services must meet the requirements determined appropriate by their individualized education program (IEP) team in accordance with applicable law and District policy. The graduation pathway options are described in 2410P. 2410P describes the State Board of Education’s and District’s requirements for graduation, including particular subject area requirements; earning credits for District courses and programs, alternative learning experiences and programs, courses offered by colleges or universities, outside courses of study, demonstrated competencies, and courses completed prior to 9th grade; obtaining credit waivers; developing High School and Beyond Plans; and meeting pathway requirements.

State law governs requirements for graduation and may be amended from time to time. To the extent there is a conflict between this Regulation and state statutes, regulations, or other state law on graduation requirements, state law controls.



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  • RCW 28A.155.045 Certificate of individual achievement
  • RCW 28A.155.170 Graduation ceremony—Certificate of attendance—Students with individualized education programs
  • RCW 28A.230.090 High school graduation requirements or equivalencies
  • RCW 28A.230.091 High school and beyond plans—Best practices
  • RCW 28A.230.094 High school civics course
  • RCW 28A.230.097 Career and technical high school course equivalencies
  • RCW 28A.230.120 High school diplomas
  • RCW 28A.230.122 International baccalaureate diplomas
  • RCW 28A.230.125 Development of standardized high school transcripts
  • RCW 28A.232 Alternative learning experience courses
  • RCW 28A.250 Online learning
  • RCW 28A.305.215 Revised graduation requirements
  • RCW 28A.600.030 Grading policies—Option to consider attendance
  • RCW 28A.600.290 College in the high school program
  • RCW 28A.600.300-400 Running start program
  • RCW 28A.655.061 High school assessment system–– Certificate of academic achievement – Objective alternative assessments
  • RCW 28A.655.065 Objective alternative assessment methods – Appeals from assessment scores – Waivers and appeals from assessment requirements
  • RCW 28A.655.068 Statewide high school assessment in science
  • WAC 180-18-055 Alternative high school graduation requirements
  • WAC 180-51 High school graduation requirements
  • WAC 392-121-182 Alternative learning experience requirements
  • WAC 392-121-184 Running start program requirements
  • WAC 392-169 Special services programs – running start program
  • WAC 392-410 Courses of study and equivalences
  • WAC 392-501 Academic achievement, accountability, and assessment
  • WAC 392-725 College in the high school rules