Policy 605.4 - Graduation Requirements


Students must successfully complete the courses required by the Board of Directors in order to graduate. Students must successfully complete the curriculum for each grade level, grade one through grade eight, and complete all the required courses of study and credits prior to graduation, as determined by the Iowa Department of Education and the school district board. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that students complete the curriculum for grades one through eight and that high school students complete 55 credits prior to graduation.

Graduation from Lewis Central High School shall be based upon the following:

(1) Successfully complete the following classes with a grade of D- or higher:
• Eight (8) credits of English (Must include English 9, English 10, and English 11, and Speech I)
• Six (6) credits of Social Studies (Must include American History, World History, and Government
• Minimum of six (6) credits of Mathematics including First year Algebra and Geometry . Plus two additional elective credits beyond Geometry .
• Six (6) credits of science including:, Physical Science A and B, Biology A and B, plus two additional elective credits science.
• Physical Education – four (4) credits
• Health – one (1) credit
• Work-Based Learning – one (1) credit - Workplace Readiness including a Portfolio Exit Interview must be completed before graduation.
• Life Skills – three (3) credits (Consumer Skills, Parenting, 1 credit from Technology and Engineering Department)
• Fine Arts –2 credits (Must include two terms, each term must be taken from two different areas: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Art, and Drama.)

(2) Achieve the required ITED scores in order to meet the competency requirement.

During their junior year, all students will be evaluated to determine if they have developed minimal achievement competencies for graduation. The test used to determine these competencies will be the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED). Each student must achieve the minimum score specified for Quantative Thinking, and Reading subtests (Vocabulary and Content Area Recognition), and a composite score of 260 during their junior year to meet the minimum competencies. Norms used for the minimum score will be national norms. These tests scores will be reviewed annually. Students who receive less than the required scores shall be guided into classes especially designed to remediate their skill weakness(es). These students shall have opportunities to retake the test during their senior year to receive minimum scores.

*The minimum competency standards may be waived for students who qualify for special education classes or have learning disabilities that would make the minimum standards unreasonable for their ability, as set by the IEP staffing team.

(3) While enrolled at Lewis Central, students may transfer up to two (2) credits towards their graduation requirements from courses not taken through Lewis Central (night school, summer and correspondence classes from other approved credited learning institutions) Students can only exceed the two credits per administrative approval.

(4) Graduation requirements for special education students will be in accordance with the prescribed course of study as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
A staffing team may decide that a student has successfully met the core requirements for graduation, but still has unmet vocational goals within their IEP after 4 years of HS and may require a secondary transitional program to assist them in attaining vocation/technical skills by providing special education support and instructional services. These services could be provided through a collaborative effort with a post secondary institution and the LCCSD. In this situation, the student would remain an eligible individual under IDEA, but would be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony with their grade level peers. The student would be awarded their HS diploma only after the staffing team has made a decision to exit them from IEP services.

Adopted: 03/21/84
Modified: 06/05/89; 04/18/94; 07/24/95; 01/18/99; 03/19/07; 01/16/09; 10/18/10; 01/07/13; 3/17/14
Reviewed: 04/11/94; 07/10/95; 01/11/99; 11/20/06; 03/05/07; 01/05/09; 10/04/10; 03/17/14

Legal Reference: Iowa Code 256.11, .11A; 279.8; 280.3, .14 (1993).
281 I.A.C. 12.2; 12.3(7); 12.5; 41.10(9).

Cross Reference: Series 501 School Entrance and Attendance Policies
Policy 602.3 Provision of Special Education
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