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    24 Credit Graduation Requirements

    The new graduation requirements are mandated by the Washington State Board of Education. The board designed the new requirements to be both rigorous and flexible, and to support the vision of an education system that prepares all students for college, career, and life.

    Students in the Class of 2021 and beyond must earn 24 credits to graduate. Students in the Class of 2018, 2019, and 2020 must earn 21 credits to graduate.

     

    Below are translated versions of the 24 Credit Graduation Requirement video.

    For more information, please refer to the Washington State Board of Education graduation requirements website.

    FAQ for 24 Credit Graduation Requirement

    Q: How many credits are required to graduate from high school in Seattle?
    A: Students in the Class of 2021 and beyond must earn 24 credits to graduate. Students in the Class of 2018, 2019, and 2020 must earn 21 credits to graduate.

    Q: How have course requirements changed?
    A: This table displays the course requirements with changes highlighted.

    Graduating Class Course Requirements Changes
    Required Course Classes of 2018-20 Class of 2021 and future
    English 4 4
    Mathematics 3 3
    Science 2 3
    Social Studies 3 3
    Arts 1 2 (1 can be personalized pathway credit)
    Health and Fitness 2 2
    Career and Technical Education 1.5 1
    Electives 4.5 4
    World Language 0 2 (up to 2 can be personalized pathway credit)
    Total Required Credits 21 24

    Q: Why did the requirements change?
    A: The new graduation requirements are mandated by the Washington State Board of Education. The board designed the new requirements to be both rigorous and flexible, and to support the vision of an education system that prepares all students for college, career, and life. For more information, please refer to the board’s graduation requirements website: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/graduation.php.

    Q: What is a Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR)?
    A: The Personalized Pathway Requirement refers to 3 locally determined courses that lead to a specific post-high school career outcome. PPR courses are chosen by the student, based on the student’s interest and High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP). The HSBP is a plan for attaining post-secondary career and education goals, created in collaboration with the student, the student’s parents/guardians, and high school staff.

    Q: Is Seattle Public Schools changing high school schedules in order to accommodate these additional credit requirements?
    A: All high schools in Seattle already offer at least 6 credits per year, and 24 credits over the course of 4 years. So, students can already graduate with 24 credits. However, SPS has traditionally offered students more courses than required by the state, and we are currently working with a variety of stakeholders to increase credit-earning opportunities for our students.

    For the 2018-19 school year, we are providing high schools with additional funding to support the 9th and 10th graders who will need to graduate with 24 credits. All schools are developing their own support plans, which may involve interventions to keep students on track, credit retrieval options, and optional before and after school classes.

    For the 2019-20 school year, we plan to increase credit-earning opportunities at all high schools. We are engaging with principals, teachers, and the school board to determine the best way to do that. No scheduling decisions have been made yet.

    Q: Will students have a longer school day to accommodate the additional credit offerings?
    A: We are not lengthening the school day. Any schedule changes will occur within the current start and end time. However, as noted above, schools may offer optional before and after school classes.

    Q: Who should I contact for more information?
    A: If you have questions, please email Caleb Perkins, the Director of College and Career Readiness, at CBPerkins@seattleschools.org. ​