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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

    Alternatives to State Exams

    State Assessment: Meet or exceed the graduation scores in the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics or in WA-AIM (Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement).
    Dual Credit: Earn at least one high school credit in ELA and at least one high school credit in math in dual credit courses (Running Start, College in the High School, and/or Career and Technical Education dual credit courses).
    AP/IB/Cambridge: For both ELA and math, earn a 3 or higher on certain Advanced Placement (AP) exams or pass the course with at least a C+.
    SAT/ACT: Meet or exceed the graduation scores set by SBE in the math and ELA portions of the SAT or ACT.
    Transition Course: Pass a transition course in ELA and math (for example, a Bridge to College course) which allows a student to place directly into a credit-bearing college level course.
    Combination: Meet any combination of at least one ELA and one math option of those options listed above.
    ASVAB: Meet standard on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) by scoring at least the minimum established by the military for eligibility to serve in a branch of the armed services. (Please see Counselor)
    CTE Sequence: Complete a sequence of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. (Please see Counselor)


    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. SPS graduation requirements meet most college entrance requirements including UW/WSU. Some colleges may require additional courses.
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    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, AP/IB/CIHS/Ethnic Studies LA 11 or 12 or approved content alternatives.

    Social Studies

    Credits: 3.0
    Required Courses:
    • World History or Ethnic Studies World History 1, 2, and 3
    • U.S. History, or Ethnic Studies US History 11A, 11B
    • American Government
    • Washington State History (requirement usually met in middle school)
    Note: Students must also complete an OSPI developed classroom-based assessment in civics in the eleventh or twelfth grade. The World History 2 or 3 courses will satisfy the state requirements for .5 credit in Current World Problems (CWP). The American Government course will satisfy the state requirement for a .5 credit in Civics. Since Time Immemorial Tribal Curriculum is part of the social studies course curriculum. RCW 28A.230.093 WAC 392-410-120 WAC 180-51-067 RCW 28A.320.170


    Mathematics

    Credits: 3.0
    Required Courses:
    • Algebra I or Integrated Math
    • Geometry or Integrated Math 2
    • Algebra II*, more advanced course in the sequence or CTE math course.
    Note: *Students may elect to take an approved third mathematics credit tailored to their career path, to meet the Algebra II graduation requirement. For more information. RCW 284.230.097

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    Science

    Credits: 3.0
    Required Courses:
    • Phys A/Chem A
    • Biology
    • Phys B/Chem B or Select from approved core course offerings.
    Note: Students should complete Phys A/Chem A and Biology A & B, Phys B/Chem B or earn credits in OSPI approved equivalent career and technical education (CTE) courses.1 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
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    Career Connected Learning (CTE)

    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.

    Health & Physical Education

    Credits: 2.0
    Required Courses:
    • 1.5 Physical Education (select from approved course offerings)
    • .5 Health or Family Health
    Note: 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. PE waivers are not guaranteed.

    Fine or Performing Arts

    Credits: 1.0
    Required Courses: Select from Visual or Performing Arts course offerings
    Notes: Select from courses in fine, visual, or performing arts or cross-credited CTE courses. 1 credit may be a Personalized pathway requirement3 WAC 180-50-068.

    Personalized Pathway Courses (World Language, Art, Science, etc.)

    Credits: 2.0 to 3.0 Credits
    Required Courses: Select from approved course offerings.
    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.
    World Languages are recommended for students planning on attending a 2 or 4-year college or university for admissions purposes. These may be taken as a part of the personal pathway or elective credits.

    Electives

    Credits: 4.0
    Required Courses: Once department requirements are met, any other course from any department other than required courses.

    For more information about graduation requirements and pathways, please refer to:
    https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=18711