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502.9 Graduation Requirements

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Graduation Requirements                               Code No. 502.9
 
Students must successfully complete the courses required by the board and Iowa Department of Education in order to graduate.  
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that students complete grades one through twelve and that high school students complete 72 credits prior to graduation.  The following credits will be required:
 
Students must have successfully completed the courses required by the board of directors for graduation.  Students must successfully complete each grade level, grade one through grade twelve, and complete all the required courses of study prior to graduation as determined by the Department of Education and the Board of Directors, Forest City Community School.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that students complete grades one through twelve and that high school students complete 72 credits prior to graduation.  The following credits will be required:
 
Courses                     Credits
English Credits (12)
 * Required:                 English I (F, W, S)    (3 credits)
English II (F, W, S)   (3 credits)
English III (F,W, S)   (3 credits)
Math Credits (9 credits during grades 9-12)          
* Courses selected based on teacher recommendations
 
Sciences Credits (9)
* Required:        
 
Physical Science (F,W,S)   (3 credits)
**The Earth Science curriculum falls under the umbrella of Physical Science.
Biology (F,W,S)   (3 credits)
 
Social Studies Credits (9)
* Required:          
Intro. to Geography    (1 credit)
US History (F,W, S)         (3 credits)
World History*               (2 credits)
* Ancient
* 1200-1900
* 20th Century
 *Must take two of the above courses
Govt. I                                 (1 credit)
Govt. II                                 (1 credit)
 
Physical Education (8)
(beginning with freshman class of 12/13)
 * Required:                  
Health*    (1 credit)
Team 1    (1 credit)
Fitness & Nutrition         (1 credit)
 
 
A minimum of eight credits of physical education/health over 4 years is required unless excused by a M.D. or waiver to accommodate early graduation.  Four credits of Physical Education may be waived through participation in Athletics, Marching Band, or Weightlifting.  
 
Business Courses (2)
* Required            
Computer Applications I (1 credit)
Computer Applications II         (1 credit)
 
A regular enrolled student will not be allowed to graduate with fewer than 72 credits without the approval of the board of directors. Special education and alternative school students may meet individual graduation requirements as stated in their individual education plan.  The Board of Directors shall have complete discretion to determine extraordinary circumstances.
 
The required courses of study will be reviewed by the board of directors annually.
 
A student that has not fully completed the requirements will not be allowed to go through the graduation ceremonies, or have had disciplinary consequences, or outstanding fees/fines, will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.
 
 
A minimum of eight credits of physical education/health over 4 years is required unless excused by a M.D. or waiver to accommodate early graduation.  Four credits can be earned through participation in Athletics, Marching Band, or Weightlifting.  
 
A regular enrolled student will not be allowed to graduate with fewer than 72 credits without the approval of the board of directors.  Special education and alternative school students may meet individual graduation requirements as stated in their individual education plan.  The Board of Directors shall have complete discretion to determine extraordinary circumstances.
 
The required courses of study will be reviewed by the board of directors every third year.
 
A student that has not fully completed the requirements will not be allowed to go through the graduation ceremonies.
 
Beginning with the class of 2022, graduation requirements for special education students will include successful completion of four years of English, three years of Math, three years of Social Studies, and three years of Scince.
 
Graduation requirements for special education students will be in accordance with this policy, unless an individual student's individualized Education Program (IEP) requires some other arrangement. This may include additional services or courses, if those additional services or courses are determined by an individual student's IEP Team to be necessary for a free appropriate public education (FAPE). The IEP Team may waive particular graduation requirements in this policy, based on a particular child's disability related needs. However, beginning with the graduation class of 2022, students receiving special education services shall meet the state requirement of completing four years of English-language arts, and three years each of mathematics, science and social studies (known as 4-3-3-3), with support and accomodations as described in their IEP for graduation with a regular high school diploma. An IEP Team may determine, based on a particular child's educational needs, how the 4-3-3-3 requirements are met; however, an IEP Team may not waive this requirement.
 
According to the Iowa Admisistration Rules of Special Education: "Beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team, and updated annually, thereafter, the IEP must include: a. Appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills; and b. The transition services, including courses of study needed to assist the child in reaching those goals."
 
Prior to the special education student's graduation, the IEP team will determine whether the graduation criteria have been met. The superintendent may provide a certificate of completion/attendance to those students receiving special education services who do not complete 4-3-3-3 based on their IEP. Students who receive a certificate of completion/attendance remain eligible for special education services until they reach maximum age of twenty-one.
 

 

 

 

Adoption: 4-10-89
                                   
Review:  7-17-89    03-13-08   01-08-09  3-10-14  5-9-15 3-13-19  6-10-19  9-9-19
             
Revision: 10-12-06  03-13-08  03-22-1  12-13-10  1-14-13  5-9-15  3-13-19  9-9-19
   
Cross References:
   
Legal References:   256.11; 279.8; 280.3, .14; AC 670-3.2, 3.3(12);  AC 670-12.2, 4.3(7), 4.5 (new standards)