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505.5 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Original Adopted Date: 3-4-89                                            Last Revised Date: 10-10-22                                        Last Reviewed Date: 8-26-19

Students must successfully complete the courses required by the School Board for graduation. Students must successfully complete each grade level, grades one through twelve, and complete all the required courses of study prior to graduation as determined by the State Department of Education and the school board.

The requirement will be 56 semester credits or 28 units for students graduating from the Senior High School or the Home School Assistance Program (HSAP).  The requirement will be 40 semester credits or 20 units for students graduating from the district’s alternative high school program.  For the purposes of this policy, two (2) semester credits equal one (1) unit.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that students complete grades one through twelve and the appropriate number of units/credits prior to graduation.

For students transferring from the Senior High program to the Home School Assistance Program or Virtual Academy, students must complete the last two semesters in the HSAP or MPVA to receive that program's diploma.  For students transferring from the Home School Assistance Program or Virtual Academy to the Senior High Program, students must complete the last two years of study at the high school to receive that diploma.  For students transferring into the Alternative High School program, total academic credits needed for graduation will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

The Mid-Prairie School Board believes that a student’s post-secondary plans should determine the appropriate high school program.  As such, three options of graduation requirements are available to high school students based on three post-secondary options: preparation for success in a post-secondary occupation, preparation for success in a post-secondary two-year program, and preparation for success in a post-secondary four-year program.  Every Mid-Prairie high school student and his/her family are free to choose any of the three options.  However, every student must successfully complete one set of graduation requirements prior to graduation.

No matter which option a student chooses, all students shall meet the following minimum requirements:

4 units language arts (including 1 unit of literature and 1/2 unit of composition)

3 units social studies

3 units science

3 units math

Students choosing the post-secondary occupation option shall also be required to successfully complete either two (2) 45 hour job internships and successfully complete Career Immersion Leadership Assessment (CILA) or complete one (1) 45 hour job internship and one concurrent credit course and successfully complete (CILA).

Students choosing the two-year post-secondary program option shall be required to successfully complete 6 semester hours of community college credit or 3 semester hours of community college credit and 1 unit of Advanced Placement (AP) class(es).

Students choosing the four-year post-secondary program option shall be required to successfully complete two (2) units of foreign language and two (2) units of Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

Students choosing the two-year and four-year post-secondary program option shall be required to successfully complete either American Literature or British Literature, Advanced Composition, Biology, Earth, Environmental/Natural Forces, Chemistry and Advanced Algebra.

Students choosing the post-secondary occupation option shall be required to complete Biology, Earth/Environment and Natural Forces and either Physical Science or Chemistry, Basic Composition or Advanced Composition, Foundations of Literature or a literature course and Math 360 or Advanced Algebra.

In addition to the requirements above, all students in grades 9-12 of the Senior High program must take 0.5 units of physical education each year and must take 0.5 units of parent education, 0.5 units of financial literacy prior to graduation.  Students graduating from the HSAP must take 2.5 units of physical education and health, and 0.5 units of financial literacy prior to graduation. Students graduating from the Alternative High School program must take 0.5 units of parent education and health.  The balance of the graduation requirements shall be made up of elective credits.

Beginning with the class of 2022, graduation requirements for special education students will include successful completion of four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies and three years of science.

At the Senior High School, four years of vocational agriculture may take the place of one year of science, with approval from the principal.  If a student selects this option, credit may be given toward meeting graduation requirements.  However, unless the instructor is licensed by the State of Iowa to teach science, the students’ transcripts shall not reflect the course as science.

At the Senior High School, when illness, accident or other unusual circumstances are a factor, credit may be granted for work at a recognized extension school when supervised by the Mid-Prairie principal.  A maximum of three (3) such credits may be applied towards meeting requirements for graduation.  

The required courses of study will be reviewed by the school board every third year or more often, if necessary.

 

Legal Reference:    Iowa Code $$ 256.11,  .11A; 279.8; 280.3. .14; 281 I.A.C. 12.2, .5

 

Cross Reference:    505 Student Scholastic Achievement

            603.3 Special Education