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Graduation Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTSRefer to the Hawaii State Department of Education guidelines posted on at:  http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/GraduationRequirements/Pages/Graduation-Requirements-2016-and-beyond.aspx

Effective school year 2012-13 with the graduating Class of 2016.  A Hawaii High School Diploma shall be issued to students who meet these minimum course and credit requirements.

Hawaii High School Diploma

Course Requirements

Credits

NOTES**

English

4 credits

Including:  English LA 1 & 2; Expository Writing

Social Studies


4 credits

Including:  Modern History of Hawaii; Participation in a Democracy; World History and Culture; and US History and Government

Mathematics

3 credits

Including:  Algebra 1 & Geometry

Science

3 credits

Including:  Biology & 2 lab-based science courses

World Language


Fine Arts



Career & Technical Education (CTE)


     2 credits      in one (1) program of study


For World Language:  Two credits in a single World Language. Credits must be taken in sequence with consecutive course numbers in the study of one language

For Fine Arts:  Two credits in a Fine Arts discipline:  Visual Arts, Music, Drama, or Dance.  Credits do not need to be in a single discipline.

For CTE:  Two credits need to be in a single career pathway program of study sequence


Physical Education (P.E.)

1 credit

 

Health

½ credit

 

Personal Transition Plan (PTP)

½ credit

 

Electives (any subject area)

6 credits

May include 1.0 elective credit for Senior Project

TOTAL

24 credits

 


*Honors Recognition Certificate Requirements (Effective SY2012-13):  In addition to meeting the requirements for the High School Diploma, the following must be met with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above:


Academic Honors
CTE Honors
STEM Honors

4 credits of Math:

The 4th credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via a combination of the following ½-credit courses (or equivalent IB math courses):  Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, PreCalculus

4 credits of Science:

Of the 4 credits, one credit must be Biology 1 (or equivalent IB Biology or AP Biology courses); and the other 3 credits must be lab-based science courses

2 credits minimum must be in AP/IB/Running Start (equivalent to credits for 2 college courses)

Completes program of study (2-3 courses in sequence plus a state-identified specific academic course requirement).

·         Earn a ‘B’ or better in each required program of study coursework

·         Meet or exceed proficiency on performance-based assess-ments for corresponding program of study

Completes one of the following written assessments for the corresponding program of study:

·   Earn at least 70% on each end of course assessment

·   Earn a nationally-recognized certificate

·   Earn a passing score on a Dual Credit Articulated Program of Study assessment

4 credits of Math:

The 4th credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via a combination of the following half-credit courses (or equivalent IB math courses):  Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus

4 credits of Science:

Of the 4 credits, one credit must be Biology (or equivalent IB Biology or AP Biology courses); and the other 3 credits must be lab-based science courses

A STEM Capstone/STEM Senior Project

Cumulative Grade Point Averages (GPA) applies to all graduates:


  • Cum Laude with a cumulative GPA of 3.000 to 3.5004
  • Magna Cum Laude with a cumulative GPA of 3.501 to 3.800
  • Summa Cum Laude with a cumulative GPA of 3.801 and above

 *Subject to BOE changes; Parents and students interested in the Honors Recognition Certificate Requirements should check with a counselor to ensure that all requirements are met.

**The DOE has a process for requesting and approving equivalent credit courses.

 

VALEDICTORIAN DESIGNATION

The valedictorian criteria have been approved by the Hawaii High School Principal Forum.  The selection of the valedictorian and salutatorian will be based on the cumulative grade point averages of students at the end of the third quarter in the senior year.   The cumulative GPA is based on semester/year grades only, beginning with the first semester of the ninth grade and ending with the third quarter of the senior year; however, the final determination of the cumulative GPA will be computed by the State and will also include the grades earned at the middle school if a child earned high school credit.  All seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 4.00 and above shall be declared Valedictorians.  If more than one senior is declared Valedictorian, no Salutatorian will be declared.  Effective with the Class of 2016 and beyond, graduating seniors will be declared valedictorian if the following criteria are met:


  • Cumulative GPA of 4.0; and
  •  Earned and met the requirements of one of the Honor Recognition Certificates


CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Students who are serviced by the Special Education Department with an Individually Prescribed Program are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion when all of the requirements set by their program have been completed.


COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

 Students shall be permitted to participate in commencement if they:


  1. meet the requirements for a diploma or a certificate;
  2. have fulfilled their financial obligations; and
  3. meet other conditions, established by the Department of Education, which meet the standards of clarity, reasonableness, and justifiability.

 

PROMOTION

 Each student must earn a minimum number of credits to be promoted:

            From Grade 9 to Grade 10                 Minimum of 5.0 credits

            From Grade 10 to Grade 11               Minimum of 11.0 credits

            From Grade 11 to Grade 12               Minimum of 17.0 credits