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Graduation Requirements

Graduation

Washington State Graduation Requirements include four components:

  •  High School Credit Requirements
  • Culminating Project/Senior Project – Completed through 12th Grade Advisory
  • High School & Beyond Plan – Completed through Advisory
  • Meet standard on current State Testing Requirements


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Our state graduation requirements are designed to ensure students have a solid foundation of reading, writing, math and science skills, no matter what path they choose after high school.  We encourage families and students to meet regularly with their school counselors and advisors to ensure they are on track for graduation.

Washington State Graduation Requirements include three components:

  1. High School Credit Requirements

  2. High School & Beyond Plan (HSBP) – Completed through Advisory

  3. Meet standard on current State Testing Requirements

Foster High School Credit Requirements

 

 

Through Class of 2020

Class of 2021 and Beyond

English

 

4

4

Mathematics

Algebra 1

1

 

3

Geometry

1

Algebra 2*

1

Science

 

2**

3

Social Studies

World History/ AP Human Geography

1

 

3

US History

1

Civics/Economics

1

Washington State History

0***

0

0

Fine Arts or 1 Personalized Pathway Requirement for class of 2021 and Beyond

1

1

2

Physical Education

1.5

1.5

1.5

Health

.5

.5

.5

Career and Technical Education

1

1

1

Electives

5

5

4

World Language ****or Personalized Pathway Requirement

 

0

2

Total Required Credits

21

21

24
(Up to 2 credits can be waived locally based on a student's unusual circumstances.)

* Or Algebra 2 math equivalent

** Science requires that two credits be from a lab science, with one credit of the lab sciences being an Algebra based lab science (all sciences except Physical Science and ELL sciences).

*** The content for Washington State History (WSH) is a state graduation requirement and must be completed sometime during grades 7 – 12, but high school credit is not required.  If WSH is taken in middle school, documentation must be on file.

****Minimum requirement for 4 year college admission is 2.0 credits of the same world language.

 

Culminating Project and High School and Beyond Plan 

The senior culminating project consists of many components of a student’s Senior Advisory.  Three examples are: a research and writing component, a formal presentation, and a comprehensive portfolio.  The focus of the research and presentation may vary from academy to academy.  Seniors must pass all components of the culminating project to be eligible for graduation.  The High School and Beyond Plan details students’ future goals and maps out appropriate high school courses that are aligned with their post-secondary plans.

Grading and Earning Credit 

Foster’s school year is divided into two semesters of 18 weeks (90 school days) each.  Final grades and credit are given at the end of each semester. These are posted on the student’s transcript and determine his/her grade point average (GPA).  In addition, a progress report is issued approximately every four weeks to indicate the student’s progress toward earning credit in each course.

Under Foster High School’s instructional schedule, 0.5 credit is awarded per semester for each class.  Students who pass six classes each semester earn 6.0 credits for the year.

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