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    High School and Beyond Plan

    The State of Washington requires all students to create a High School and Beyond Plan. Seattle Public Schools expects students entering grade 8 to begin to develop a 5-year plan including 4 years of high school courses, resume or activity log, and post high school career and college goals. The plan should be updated over time as the student develops high school plans. School counselors, staff and parents help students develop their individual plans in the district approved tools.

    Service Learning

    Seattle Public Schools requires students to complete 60 hours of service learning before graduation. Speak to your Counselor to learn more about service learning and to help you create a plan.

    State Exams

    The class of 2021 and beyond, students are required to pass state determined exams or exam alternatives. State-approved alternatives are available for students that were not successful on their first attempt. Additional alternatives or modified assessments for students receiving special education services are available.

    Typical Testing Year Subject Test
    10th grade ELA Smarter Balance or WA-AIM
    10th grade Math Smarter Balance or WA-AIM
    11th grade Science WCAS or WA-AIM

    Required Credits

    24 credits are required for graduation earned from the below list of approved courses. The credit requirements are minimums both in terms of total credits required for graduation and for credits in the various subject areas.
    24 Credit Graduation requirements. For more information please refer to the text on the page below the image.

     

    English/Language Arts

    Credits: 4.0
    Required Courses: Select from approved core course offerings.
    Note: Students should complete Intro to Lit & Comp 9, World Lit 10, Lit & Comp 11, Comp Lit 12.

    Social Studies

    Credits: 3.0
    Required Courses: 
    - World History 1, 2, and 3
    - U.S. History 11A, 11B 
    - American Government - Washington State History, may have been completed in middle school. Note: World History 2 and 3 courses will satisfy the state requirements for 1 credit in Current World Problems (CWP). American Government course will satisfy the state requirement for a .5 credit in Civics. Students must also complete an OSPI approved classroom-based assessment in civics in the eleventh or twelfth grade. RCW 28A.230.093 WAC 392-410-120 WAC 180-51-067.

    Mathematics

    Credits: 3.0
    Required Courses:
    - Algebra I 
    - Geometry 
    - Algebra II
    Note: Students should take Algebra I and Geometry, Algebra 2 or earn credits in OSPI approved equivalent career and technical education (CTE) courses. RCW 28A.230.097 WAC 180-51-068 3.

     Math Pathways Graphic

    Science

    Credits: 3.0
    Required Courses:
    - Physics A/Chemistry A
    - Biology 
    - Physics B/Chemistry B
    Note: Students should complete Physics A/Chemistry A and Biology A & B. 
    At least two credits of the three science credits shall be in a laboratory science, the third credit may be chosen based on the students’ interest and may include a CTE science-equivalent course RCW.24A.305.130 RCW 28A.700.070 WAC 180-51-068 RCW 28A.230.010.

    Lincoln Science Pathways graphic

    Career Technical Education

    Credits: 1.0 Required Courses: Select from approved course offerings.Notes: Career Connected Learning (CCL/CTE) credits may be earned in exploratory or preparatory CCL/ CTE classes and certain approved non-CCL/CTE courses. See official district course catalog for approved courses.

    Health & Physical Education

    Credits: 2.0
    Required Courses: 
    - Select from approved course offerings.
    - 1.5 Physical Education
    - .5 HealthNote: The performance component of Fitness (physical education) may be waived for specific reasons such as physical disability or other reason described in RCW 28A.230.050. However, the content knowledge requirement must be met by either course work in fitness education or completing the OSPI developed Concepts of Health and Fitness Assessment. RCW 28A.230.050; WAC 180-50-135; WAC 392-410-136; WAC 392-410-310; and WAC 392-410-340. Students must also complete an OSPI approved assessment in health during high school.

    Visual and Performing Arts

    Credits: 2.0
    Required Courses: Visual or performing arts
    Notes: Select from courses in fine, visual or performing arts or cross-credited CTE courses. 1 credit may be a Personalized pathway requirement 3 WAC 180-50-068

    World Language or Personalized Pathway

    Credits: 2.0
    Required Courses: Select from approved course offerings.3
    Notes: Personalized pathway requirements are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the students’ interests and High School Beyond Plan.4 World Languages are recommended for students planning on attending a 2 or 4-year college or university for admissions purposes.

    Electives

    Credits: 4.0
    Required Courses: Any course other than the courses listed above.

    For more information, please refer to: 
    Graduation Requirements on the SPS website OR go to www.seattleschools.org; click on 
    Academics then High School, College, Career; then Graduation Requirements

    College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs)

    CADRS are courses that meet Washington College and University approved admission requirements. The following table lists those course categories and basic credit requirements.

    CADR requirements. For more information please refer to the text on the page below the image.

    HS Graduation – Class of 2021 and Beyond:

    English: 4.0
    Science: 3.0
    Math: 3.0
    Social Studies: 3.0
    Arts: 2.0
    World Language: 2.0
    PE: 1.5
    Health: .5
    Career Connected Learning: 1.0
    Electives: 4.0
    Senior Year Math-Based Quantitative Course: N/A

    CADRs (WA State Colleges Requirements):

    English: 4.0
    Science: 2.0
    Math: 3.0
    Social Studies: 3.0
    Arts: 3.0
    World Language: 2.0
    PE: N/A
    Health: N/A
    Career Connected Learning: N/A
    Electives: N/A
    Senior Year Math-Based Quantitative Course: 1.0

    UC/CSU Minimum Entrance Requirements:

    English: 4.0
    Science: 2.0
    Math: 3.0
    Social Studies: 2.0
    Arts: 1.0 (preferably in the same content area)
    World Language: 2.0
    PE: N/A
    Health: N/A
    Career Connected Learning: N/A
    Electives: 1.0 College Prep elective
    Senior Year Math-Based Quant Course: N/A

    Highly Selective Colleges:

    English: 4.0
    Science: 3.0 – 4.0
    Math: 4.0
    Social Studies: 3.0 - 4.0
    Arts: N/A
    World Language: 3.0 – 4.0
    PE: N/A
    Health: N/A
    Career Connected Learning: N/A
    Electives: N/A
    Senior Year Math-Based Quant Course: 1.0