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Graduation Requirements

All credits for graduation must be earned while the student is enrolled in grades 9 through 12 with some exceptions (Algebra and Washington State History can be earned in the middle school). A credit is earned by the satisfactory completion of class work and attendance for one class during a school year.

                        2019 & beyond

English                                  4 Credits

Mathematics**                          3 Credits

Science (one must be lab)               3 Credits

Social Studies                           3 Credits

  • World History (10th grade)
  • S. History (11th grade)
  • CWP/Civics (12th grade)

Physical Education                       2 Credits

Health                                   ½ Credit

Fine Art*                                 2 Credits

Vocational Education                    2 Credits

  • Computer App. (9th Grade)
  • Careers (9th Grade)
World Language**                      2 Credits

Electives                                 5 ½ Credits

                       Total           27 Credits


* Personalized Pathway Requirement: PPR’s are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student’s interests and High School and Beyond Plan that may include Career and Technical Education and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning.

** University and college bound students need an extra year of advanced math, advanced science and 2 years (credits) of a World Language. If the student is planning on playing sports at the university level, NCAA Clearinghouse Requirements must also be met for core courses, GPA, and SAT scores.


All Washington public school students need to fulfill statewide graduation requirements.  The requirements are as follows: students in the class of 2019 and beyond are required to create a High School and Beyond Plan that outlines how they will use high school to earn their diploma and prepare for their steps immediately after high school. Students must meet state assessment requirements and satisfy credit requirements based on their High School and Beyond Plan.


PE Waivers

All high schools of the state shall emphasize the work of physical education and carry into effect all physical education requirements established by rule of the superintendent of public instruction. Granger High School, in accordance with RCW 28A.230.050, provides for the option of waiving up to 1.5 physical education credits PROVIDED that individual students may be excused from participating in physical education otherwise required under this section on account of physical disability, employment, or religious belief, or because of participation in directed athletics or military science and tactics or for other good cause at the discretion of the principal.


All Washington public school students

Granger High School students need to complete a minimum of 18 community service hours, although students are encouraged to earn more. Students can earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold Service Certificate.


Students need to fulfill the following State mandated graduation requirements.

  • High School and Beyond Plan that outlines how they will earn their diploma and prepare for work or education immediately after high school (Navigation 101- Portfolio).
  • Students must meet state assessment requirements in Math, English Language Arts and Science for the class of 2021 and beyond.


State Assessment Graduation Requirements

Smarter Balanced Tests

Since the 2014-15 school year, subjects included in the Washington State Learning Standards were assessed using the Smarter Balanced system. Starting with the Class of 2019, meeting standard on the Smarter Balanced ELA and Math tests will be required for high school graduation. Beginning with the class of 2021, students will also need to pass the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science test (WCAS) to meet assessment graduation requirements. Students on an IEP may alternatively meet these requirements by passing the Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement assessment for math, ELA and science.


Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA):

 Students graduating from public high schools in Washington may earn the Certificate of Academic Achievement in addition to a diploma by:
  • Passing the state exit exams
  • Use their math, reading and/or writing scores on the SAT reasoning test, ACT or ACT Plus Writing tests, specified Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, or Smarter Balanced assessments (starting in 2015) to show they have key skills expected of high school graduates.
  • Dual Credit Courses A student who completes a dual credit course in English language arts or mathematics in which the student earns college credit may use passage of the course as an objective alternative assessment. OSPI is currently in the process of establishing the method and criteria for applying this new assessment graduation alternative created by the passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 2224.
    For school year 2018–19, there will be two options for approved Locally Administered Assessments (LAA) tied to Locally Determined Courses (LDC):
  • Passage of an English language arts (ELA) or mathematics Bridge to College course
  • Collections of Evidence - Local (COE Local) Assessment
  • GPA Comparison
This option is available to students in their 12th-grade year who have an overall grade-point average of 3.2. Students must attempt an exit exam at least once before attempting this CAA option.


Graduation Requirement Waivers

The principal may grant a waiver for a required class if an exceptional reason exists.  In such cases, a request from the student and parents must be presented to a faculty review committee and must include a clear academic or hardship reason for granting such a request.  A waiver may not be granted to reduce or eliminate a failing grade in a completed class. By Washington State Law, U.S. History, Washington State History, and Current World Problems cannot be waived.


Expedited Assessment Appeals Waiver
Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 2224, signed into law July 7, 2017, affects high school assessments and graduation requirements. One component of the new law is an expedited appeal process for waiving specific assessment graduation requirements for eligible students in the classes of 2014 to 2018. An Expedited Assessment Appeals (EAA) Waiver can be approved only if an eligible student has demonstrated that he/she has the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the high school graduation standard and to successfully achieve his or her college or career goals, as outlined in the bill. The waiver does not grant the student a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA).



Credit Earned Toward Graduation

Regular Credits

Each one-year class a student completes at Granger with a grade of “D” or better will earn one credit towards high school graduation. Credit will be assigned to the following learning situations:

  • Classes transferred from an accredited, state approved high school program.
  • Classes taken in an approved community or junior college “Running Start” program.
  • Credit earned while attending the Yakima Valley Vocational Skills Center as a student from Granger High School.
  • Credit earned while attending Upward Bound’s summer program.
  • Administration Discretion.


Each class passed during a semester earns 1/2 credit toward graduation with the exception of Advisory, which earns ¼ credit.  A full-time student can earn 3.75 credits per semester.


High School Graduation

An academic list will be created of all eligible seniors for graduation PRIOR to APRIL 30th. These same seniors will need to submit a graduation application that supports the following graduation requirements of the district BY MAY 1st to the high school office: 

  • Completed High School and Beyond Plan
  • Evidence of appropriate credits completed and recorded in academic content
  • All fees and fines paid
  • Community service of 18 hours minimum


Students who do not meet the above conditions will NOT be considered eligible to be included in the graduation ceremony. 


Students, who are not included in the graduation ceremony, have the right to appeal the process.  The student or parent will need to make a written request for an appeal to the high school principal.  If the student or parent is not satisfied with the decision of the principal, an appeal may be made to the superintendent.


The final graduation list will be completed within three (3) business days prior to the graduation ceremony.  Any student who has not met all of the graduation requirements at this time will NOT be allowed to participate in the ceremony.