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High School Graduation Requirements   

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Requirements for graduation and specified alternative means for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made available to students, parents/guardians, and the public. (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6146.11 - Alternative Credits toward Graduation)

(cf. 6145.6 - International Exchange)

(cf. 6146.2 - Certificate of Proficiency/High School Equivalency)

Students shall not be required to have resided within the district for any minimum length of time as a condition of high school graduation. (Education Code 51411)

If a student successfully completes the district of residence graduation requirements while attending a juvenile court school or nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency, the district of residence shall issue the student a diploma from the school the student last attended. (Education Code 48645.5)

Academic Requirements for Graduation

1. Definitions

a. Academic Requirements: courses required by law and/or the Los Angeles County Board of Education that LACOE students must complete successfully in order to graduate from LACOE educational programs. These may include college/university courses, vocational courses, and other courses the County Board approves.

b. Diploma: is awarded to a pupil who has successfully met the requirements of LACOE's educational program set forth below.

c. Certificate of Achievement: the certificate awarded to a pupil with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) who has completed four years of high school but has not met the requirements for a diploma.

d. Certificate of Recognition: the certificate awarded to a pupil with an IEP who has reached his/her twenty-second (22nd) birthday and is leaving the educational system.

e. State-Awarded Certificates: either of the certificates awarded by the State of California to a pupil who has successfully completed the criteria set forth either in Education Code 51420 (High School Equivalency Exam) or Education Code 48412 (California High School Proficiency Examination). Either of these certificates is the legal equivalent of a high school diploma.

Graduation Requirements for Juvenile Court Schools and County Community Schools

1. Academic

Between the ninth (9th) and twelfth (12th) grades, pupils enrolled in LACOE programs must successfully complete 220 credits, which must include the following courses in order to receive a diploma:

a. Forty (40) credits in English Language Arts.

b. Twenty (20) credits in mathematics which must include Algebra or a more advanced mathematics course.

c. Twenty (20) credits in science.

d. Thirty (30) credits in social sciences, including U.S. History and geography; world history; one semester of American government; and one semester of economics.

e. Ten (10) credits in visual or performing arts or a foreign language, which might include American Sign Language. Five (5) credits earned in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course can be applied towards five (5) credits in visual or performing arts or a foreign language, including American Sign Language.

f. Twenty (20) credits in physical education; ten (10) credits must be taken in the 9th grade and an additional ten (10) credits taken during grades 10-12, unless the student has been exempted pursuant to provisions of the Education Code.

g. Five (5) credits in health.

h. Any other coursework, including work experience, vocational education, arts and sciences or developmental course, (e.g. Reading and Math Intervention), that the Los Angeles County Office of Education has required.

i. Pupils enrolled in LACOE educational programs may receive academic credit for coursework completed through college courses and online instruction, provided that LACOE academic requirements are met and such alternative instruction is approved by designated LACOE staff.

2. Assessment Requirements for Diploma

Beginning January of 2016, LACOE educational programs may require students to prove minimum proficiency in reading and math on a LACOE-adopted assessment.

Commencement Ceremony

1. LACOE pupils (except those from IPoly or LACHSA) who have earned either a diploma or any of the certificates described in the previous section Academic Requirements for Graduation - Definitions will be eligible to participate in a commencement ceremony.

2. Pupils from the Division of Special Education (DSE) may, in the alternative, participate at a Principal Administrative Unit (PAU) site ceremony or commencement/graduation ceremony at their host district high school.

3. The ceremony programs will list pupils by their specific diploma or certificate they will receive.

Complaints

If the student or student's parent/guardian has a complaint regarding academic credits, academic requirements or the diploma process, that individual should follow the Complaint Policy, 1312.3, and, where appropriate, the Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures, 1312.4.

Legal Reference: Education Code 51220 et seq., 51410 et seq. 5 CCR 1600 et seq.

Graduation Requirements for International Polytechnic High School (iPoly)

1. Academic

Between the ninth (9th) and twelfth (12th) grades, pupils enrolled in LACOE's IPoly program must successfully complete a minimum 240 credits to earn an IPoly diploma. This includes 210 credits of required core courses and a minimum of 30 credits in additional courses. The IPoly core course sequence includes the a-g requirements:

a. Forty (40) credits in English Language Arts.

b. Forty (40) credits in mathematics.

c. Forty (40) credits in science.

d. Forty (40) credits in social sciences (9th grade Social Science may be waived for transfer students.)

e. Twenty (20) credits in foreign language.

f. Twenty (20) credits in physical education.

g. Ten (10) credits in visual and performing arts.

h. Thirty (30) credits in additional required courses.

i. A minimum of 200 hours of community service is required to graduate; this includes 50 hours of service learning related to the Senior Project (see below). Students transferring in from other high schools are only required to complete 50 hours per year that they are enrolled at IPoly. It is recommended that students serve a minimum of 50 hours per year in order to complete the requirement.

j Students must successfully complete the senior project, which includes 50 hours of working with an expert in the field of their project. The Senior Project topic is self-selected by the student, and approved by the senior teachers.

Commencement Ceremony

1. Pupils from IPoly who have earned a diploma will be eligible to participate in their own respective commencement ceremonies.

Complaints

If the student or student's parent/guardian has a complaint regarding academic credits, academic requirements or the diploma process, that individual should follow the Complaint Policy, 1312.3, and, where appropriate, the Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures, 1312.4.

Legal Reference: Education Code 51220 et seq., 51410 et seq. 5 CCR 1600 et seq.

Graduation Requirements for Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA)

1. Academic

Between the ninth (9th) and twelfth (12th) grades, pupils enrolled in LACOE's LACHSA program must successfully complete 225 credits, which must include the following courses in order to receive a diploma. The LACHSA core course sequence includes the a-g requirements:

a. Forty (40) credits in English Language Arts.

b. Twenty (20) credits in mathematics which must include Algebra or a more advanced mathematics course.

c. Twenty (20) credits in science (Life and Physical).

d. Thirty (30) credits in social sciences, including U.S. History and World History; one semester of American government; and one semester of economics.

e. Twenty (20) credits in a foreign language.

f. Ten (10) credits in fine arts.

g. Twenty (20) credits in physical education.

h. Sixty-five (65) credits in electives.

Commencement Ceremony

1. Pupils from LACHSA who have earned a diplomawill be eligible to participate in their own respective commencement ceremonies.

Complaints

If the student or student's parent/guardian has a complaint regarding academic credits, academic requirements, or the diploma process, that individual should follow the Complaint Policy, 1312.3, and, where appropriate, the Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures, 1312.4.

Legal Reference: Education Code 51220 et seq., 51410 et seq. 5 CCR 1600 et seq.

Graduation Requirements for AB 167/216 and AB 1806

1. Academic

To obtain a LACOE high school diploma, students shall complete 130 credits, from the following courses in grades 9 - 12, with each course being one year unless otherwise specified:

a. Thirty (30) credits in English Language Arts.

b. Twenty (20) credits in mathematics which must include Algebra and any other mathematics course.

c. Twenty (20) credits in science (Biological Science and Physical Science).

d. Thirty (30) credits in social studies, including U.S. History and Modern World History; one semester of American government; and one semester of economics.

e. Ten (10) credits in visual or performing arts, foreign language, or career technical education (CTE). (Five (5) maximum from CTE).

f. Twenty (20) credits in physical education.

2. Assessment Requirements for Diploma

Once the student completes all LACOE course requirements, the counselor will confirm and request the student's diploma. The processing for the diploma takes about 3-4 weeks. After 4 weeks the student or individual with education decision-making rights should contact the LACOE Student File Center to request his or her diploma. This can be done in person at Los Angeles County Office of Education, 9300 Imperial Highway, Student File Center, Downey 90242, or by mail, fax, or email. Fax: (562) 469-4244 or (562) 469-4346 or email: studentfilecenter@lacoe.edu.

Commencement Ceremony

1. LACOE pupils who have earned a diploma will be eligible to participate in a commencement ceremony.

Complaints

If the student or student's parent/guardian has a complaint regarding academic credits, academic requirements, or the diploma process, that individual should follow the Complaint Policy, 1312.3, and, where appropriate, the Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures, 1312.4.

Legal Reference: Education Code 51220 et seq., 51410 et seq. 5 CCR 1600 et seq.

Regulation LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

approved: November 1, 2016 Downey, California