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Graduation Requirements

To earn a Woodland High School Diploma, a student must accomplish three tasks:

  1. Earn at least 22.0 (24 for the class of 2019)  credits and pass all required classes
  2. Show academic competency on the state exam (or through a Certificate of Academic Achievement option. See "Graduation Requirements and State Testing" for details.)
  3. Complete a Culminating Project as well as a High School and Beyond Plan

Woodland High School operates on a two semester system with four grading periods. Semester grades are given after the second and fourth quarters. Those semester grades are the marks recorded on student transcripts and are the permanent grades for courses taken.

The high school is on a six period day schedule. Students can earn 6 credits in a year. Please see the following pages for the required classes for your graduation year.

It is a policy of the Woodland School District that to receive a Woodland High School diploma a student must be enrolled in the high school for at least their final semester prior to completing graduation requirements.

Specific Graduation requirements for each grade level can be found in our online curriculum handbook which can be accessed through the options to the left of this page or by clicking here. 

 

 

REQUIRED CLASSES AND CREDITS FOR THE CLASS OF 2016

Required courses and credits

English 4.0 credits
English 9 or Honors English 9, 1 credit
English 10 or Honors English 10, 1 credit
English 11 or Honors English 11, 1 credit
AP English Literature & Composition or
College Prep English or English 12 1 credit
(Literacy Development and ELL Reading count for Woodland High School English credit for those who qualify.)

Fine, Visual or Performing Art 1.0 credit

Health & Fitness 2.0 credits
An additional credit of P.E. from:
9th grade Fitness .5 credit
Health .5 credit
1.0 credit of Early Childhood 1 can be taken to meet the .5 Health requirement-(student will earn .5 Health credit and .5 Occupational credit)
Athletes in Action
Personal Fitness
Sports Conditioning
Strength & Conditioning
Women's Strength & Conditioning

Mathematics 3.0 credits

Occupational Education (CTE) 1.0 credit

Science 2.0 credits

Social Studies 3.0 credits
10th Grade: Washington State History & Government, .5 credit
11th grade: U.S. History or A.P. U.S. History, 1.0 credit
12th Grade: U.S. Government, .5 and Modern World History , .5 credit; or
U.S. Government, .5 credit and AP European History, 1.0 credit or
AP U.S. Government, 1.0 credit
Additional Social Studies Options-American Wars, Psychology, Sociology, AP European History
Total Required Credits: 16.0
An additional 6 credits are needed from the above classes

Earning a Diploma: The Class of 2013 and Beyond State Testing Requirements:

Our state graduation requirements are designed to ensure students have a solid foundation of reading, writing, math and science skills, no matter the path they choose after high school. We encourage families and students to meet regularly with their school counselor to ensure they are on track for graduation. To be eligible to graduate in Washington, high school students must: pass specific state exams, earn all required state and local credits, and successfully complete a high school and beyond plan and a culminating project. The assessment requirements are as follows:

* Classes of 2013 and 2014: Students must pass a state exam in reading and writing and one end-of-course exam in math, state-approved alternatives or assessments for students in special education.

* Class of 2015 and beyond: Students must pass a state exam in reading and writing, and end-of-course exams in algebra 1, geometry and biology, state-approved alternatives or assessments for students in special education.

For more information, see the chart below, speak to your counselor or visit:http://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements.

Washington State Graduation Requirements

Class of 2013-14 Class of 2015 and beyond
READING AND WRITING
Pass reading and writing HSPE or assessment for students in special education.
-OR-
Pass state-approved alternatives.*
READING AND WRITING
Pass reading and writing HSPE or assessment for students in special education.
-OR-
Pass state-approved alternatives.*
MATH
Pass one math end-of-course exam or assessment for students in special education.
-OR-
Pass state-approved alternative.*
MATH
Pass two math end-of-course exams or assessment for students in special education.
-OR-
Pass state-approved alternative.*
SCIENCE
No longer required for students in these two graduating classes (as signed into law June 7, 2011)
SCIENCE
Pass biology end-of-course exam or assessment for students in special education.
-OR-
Pass state-approved alternative.*
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Meet all other state and school district graduation requirements: Culminating Project, High School and Beyond Plan and local credit requirements.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Meet all other state and school district graduation requirements: Culminating Project, High School and Beyond Plan and local credit requirements.

Graduation Requirements and State Testing

High school state exams
Beginning in spring 2012, an end-of-course biology exam will replace the science HSPE.
Students have five state-funded opportunities during high school to take the state exam in each content area.
Students pass state exams with a Level 3 or 4 score.
Score appeal process: Parents/guardians, after reviewing their student's high school test, may file a score appeal.
To learn more about the state testing, please visit: http://www.WAtesting.com.
Certificate of Academic Achievement and Certificate of Individual Achievement
Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA): A requirement for graduation beginning with the class of 2013.
Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA): Only for students in special education. A requirement for graduation beginning with the class of 2013. Students can earn it by passing the HSPE-Basic, WAAS-Portfolio, WAAS-DAPE or Locally Determined Assessment in reading, writing, math and science.
Classes of 2013 & 2014: Must pass reading, writing and math.
Class of 2015 and beyond: Must pass reading, writing, math and science.
State-approved alternatives
Students who have the skills but are unable to show them on state exams may use state-approved alternatives.
Students may access the CAA options after taking the state exam in every subject area at least once. Students must take the state exam at least twice before accessing the Collection of Evidence.
The Certificate of Academic Achievement Options are:
  • Collection of Evidence - Students compile a set of classroom work samples with the help of a teacher(s). Collections for students in Career and Technical Education programs can include work from their program. The state scores collections twice a year. Students must take the state exam twice in each content area before attempting a collection.
  • Fee Waivers are available for eligible students to take the approved SAT, ACT and AP exams.
  • SAT or ACT - Students may use their math, reading or English and writing scores on college readiness tests. The minimum scores are: Reading - SAT 350; ACT 13. Writing - SAT 380; ACT 15. Math - SAT 470; ACT 19.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) - Students may use a score of three or higher on select AP exams: Math (calculus or statistics), Writing (English language and composition); and Reading (English literature and composition, macroeconomics, microeconomics, psychology, United States history, world history, United States government and politics, or comparative government and politics)
  • GPA Comparison - For 12th grade students only. A student's grades in math courses and/or English courses are compared with the grades of students who took the same courses AND passed the high school WASL/HSPE/EOC. To access this option, a student must have an overall cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 grading scale.
* To learn more about state-approved alternatives, please visit: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/CAAoptions.
Assessments for students in special education
Students in special education may take the high school state exams with or without accommodations.
The following options are also available:
  • HSPE-Basic - Students take the high school WASL/HSPE - with or without accommodations - but IEP teams adjust passing criteria from Proficient (Level 3) to Basic (Level 2).
  • Washington Alternate Assessment System Portfolio (WAAS Portfolio) - Students unable to take paper and pencil tests show their skills and knowledge through a collection of their work.
  • Developmentally Appropriate Proficiency Exam (WAAS-DAPE) - Students in grades 11 and 12 only take the WASL/HSPE - with or without accommodations - at a grade level that best matches their abilities. Students pass by earning Level 3 on each test taken.
  • Locally Determined Assessments - For 12th graders who need modified achievement standards.
  • Awareness Level Waiver - Available for students diagnosed as performing at an "awareness" level.
To learn more about special education assessment, please visit: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/altassess.aspx.

For complete Curriculum Handbook, click here.