High School Course Catalog

Graduation Requirements

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Requirements for graduation are as follows:


  • Successful completion of a minimum of twenty-three credits, for class of 2018
  • Successful completion of a minimum of twenty-four credits, for class of 2019 and beyond
  • Successful completion of courses required by state statute, those required by State Board of Education Rules and Regulations and those required by the Board of Directors of the Kent School District.
  • Successful completion of a culminating project.
  • Successful establishment of a high school + educational plan (13th year).
  • Proficiency on state assessments in reading, writing, math, and science, depending on graduation cohort, or equivalent alternative assessments.


A student will receive a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or its equivalency (Certificate of Individual Achievement) only if he/she earns the appropriate number of credits required by the district, completes a culminating project, completes the high school and beyond plan, and meets the required reading, writing, math and science standards on the high school statewide assessment or recognized alternative assessments.


Class of 2018 and before


Only one Collection of Evidence (COE) per content area may be used to fulfill the Certificate of Academic Achievement. Year 1 math (Algebra I-II) and Year 2 math (Geometry I-II) count as one content area. Students may not submit more than one math COE during their high school career. Additionally, students may not submit their one collection of evidence for a content area until they have completed two attempts on the general assessment.
Collection of Evidence is not available for Class of 2019 and beyond.

Required Credits - class of 2018

Required Credits - class of 2019 and beyond

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Equivalency Credit

Many Occupational Education courses may satisfy graduation requirements in specific subject areas. These “equivalency courses” are noted in the course descriptions. Further, students may fulfill two graduation requirements with successful completion of one Occupational Education equivalency course, while the credit counts only once in the student’s credit count toward graduation credit requirements. To request an equivalency course be applied to two gradation subject area requirements, students should complete and submit a request form through the Counseling Office at the high school.

Repeating Courses

Any time a course is repeated for other than grade improvement, except when it is failed the first time, both course credits and grades remain on the student record/transcript and are calculated in the GPA. When fulfilling a graduation requirement, the course credit may only be counted once; the second credit will fulfill an elective credit. By request, a student may have the lowest grade eliminated from calculation in the GPA, provided any credit earned with the lower grade is eliminated as well. To request the lowest grade and accompanying credit removed from the high school transcript, a student should submit the appropriate form at the Counseling Office.

Grade-Level Classification

KSD Board of Directors recognizes the importance of a clear relationship between credits earned and class standing. The total number of credits earned determines a senior high student’s class standing. Students will be allowed to participate in activities associated with their class standing. The following are the minimum credits required for class designation:


Grade 10 (Sophomore) 5.5 Credits
Grade 11 (Junior) 11.0 Credits
Grade 12 (Senior 17.0 Credits

Culminating Project and High School + Education Plan

Students are expected to complete a culminating project as part of high school graduation requirements. The culminating project will provide evidence of a student’s education and preparation for the future.

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State Assessments

The assessment information provided below was adapted from OSPI and is updated regularly.


Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program


Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency on the reading, writing, math, and science standards as defined by the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program or on an OSPI-approved alternative.


English Language Arts (ELA) Assessment Requirements


Students will demonstrate proficiency on the Smarter Balanced ELA Test or state-approved alternative.


Mathematics Assessment Requirements


Class of 2018: Students are required to pass one math EOC exam.


Math assessment graduation requirement for these cohorts can be fulfilled by meeting standard on one of these tests:


  • Algebra I EOC Exam
  • Geometry EOC Exam
  • Smarter Balanced Math Assessment or state-approved alternative.


Classes of 2019 and Beyond: Students will demonstrate proficiency on the Smarter Balanced Math Assessment(SBA) or state-approved alternative.


Science Assessment Requirements


The Biology EOC was discontinued at the end of the 16-17 school year. Beginning in the spring of the 17-18 school year, all 11th grade students will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS).
The WCAS measures the level of proficiency that Washington students have achieved based on the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards, the NGSS, which were adopted in October 2013.


With the signing into law of House Bill 2224 in July of 2017, the high school science assessment graduation requirement is postponed until the Class of 2021. This means that students in the Classes of 2017 through 2020 do not need to pass a science exam in order to graduate. The table below details the federal accountability (ESSA) and assessment graduation requirements (HB 2224) for the classes of 2018-2021.



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Additional Resources

The website of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for the State of Washington gives the following information to help families, students, and educators learn more about each of the requirements for graduation:


To earn a high school diploma, a student must:


The Graduation Toolkit is produced each year by OSPI to help educators and families understand Washington state graduation requirements. This guide is available online for easy viewing and in a downloadable format for printing.  For more information on the graduation toolkit visit the OSPI website.