High School Seniors

* New * Class of 2020 Frequently Asked Questions click to view the document

There are many questions and concerns about graduation and other requirements for the 2020 senior class. The district is working hard to address all questions and support our seniors. 

We are also working closely with our partners: The Office of Public Instruction (OSPI), State Board of Education, colleges, community colleges and universities that provide credit bearing classes for our students. 

Be assured that students will not be negatively impacted as a result of events beyond their control. That is our commitment.

The district is working on a plan to support seniors to earn credits for classes they are currently enrolled in, as well as any others they need to meet graduation requirements. Students should check their email frequently to stay updated on the most current information from their school, teachers and counselors. Fourth quarter begins April 27.

Zoom Meeting

We are planning to hold a district-wide Zoom meeting with seniors and their families in the next couple of weeks to gather your input and any additional questions you may have as a result of this letter. We will be sending out a district invite through School Messenger.

Graduation Ceremonies

We are cancelling our traditional in-person graduation ceremonies as planned on June 4 (Lakes and Clover Park) at the Tacoma Dome and June 5 (Open Doors and Harrison Prep). We are currently researching options to honor and recognize students as they reach this important milestone in their lives. We will continue to keep students and families informed. The alternative graduation ceremony will occur in June.

Senior Prom

Senior proms planned on May 16 (Harrison Prep and Clover Park) and May 29 (Lakes) have been cancelled. Per the governor’s stay home orders, large gatherings of individuals are not allowed.

Caps and Gown

All three high schools are distributing caps and gowns that have been ordered from Jostens (CPHS and HPS) and Herff Jones (LHS) on Tuesday, May 5. Email communication has gone out to seniors and senior families about distribution. Please follow the detailed instructions received from your school about picking up your orders. If you have questions or concerns, please call the schools directly between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. They have staff present who can answer your questions.

2020 Senior Yard Signs

We will be distributing yard signs to celebrate seniors across the district. Stay tuned for distribution information.

Continuous Learning

While our school building sites are closed for students, we are not closed for instruction. Seniors are expected to join their classmates and teachers in daily instruction in our Microsoft Teams instructional model. Fourth quarter began April 27. Seniors are also expected to engage in the learning and complete on a weekly/daily basis any classwork, assignments, and/or assignments assigned by the classroom teacher.

We are working on a plan to support seniors to earn credits for classes they are currently enrolled in, as well as any others they need to meet graduation requirements. Students should check their email frequently to stay up-to-date on the most current information from their school, teachers and counselors. Students are expected to maintain or improve their grades from third quarter during the remainder of second semester in order to earn credit toward graduation.

Graduation Requirements (Policy 2410)

We have reduced the Class of 2020 Requirements by 2 credits. Seniors will need to only earn a minimum of 28 credits total to graduate. We will be working with individual students as well who may be short of this target. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your school counselor. Please see below for the changes:

Previous

New

English

4 credits

No change

Mathematics

3 credits

No change

Science

2.0 Lab Science credits

1.0 Science Elective

No change

 

Social Studies

Washington State History – non credit

1.0 credit World History

1.0 credit US History

.5 credit Contemporary World Problems

.5 credit Civics

.5 credit elective

Washington State History – non credit

1.0 World History

1.0 credit US History

.5 credit Contemporary World Problems

.5 credit Civics

.5 credit elective

Health and Fitness

.5 credit Health

1.5 credit Fitness

No change

Arts

2.0 credit (qualifies for Personal Pathway)

No change

Career and Technical Education

2.0 credit

1.0 credit

World Language

2.0 credit (qualifies for Personal Pathway)

No change

Electives

8.5 credits

8.0 credits

Total Required

30 credits

28 credits – Class of 2020

Senior Presentation – see below for more information

Non-credited

Maintained as a graduation requirement

High School and Beyond Plan– see below for more information

Non-credited

Maintained as a graduation requirement

Graduation Pathway– see below for more information

Non-credited

Maintained as a graduation requirement

High School & Beyond Plans

Seniors will need to complete their High School & Beyond Plan, per graduation requirements. We are working on a plan to support students completing their plans while schools are closed.

Senior Presentations

Seniors presentations were completed during the week of March 9. If you did not complete your senior presentation, please contact with your counselor regarding how to complete the presentation requirement. This includes students in Running Start who are requesting to earn a high school diploma from Lakes or Clover Park high schools.

Personalized Pathways

Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR) is related to 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 which may include Career and Technical Education, and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning. Before approval of the PPR, a meeting will be held with the student, parent/guardian and school staff to discuss the student’s High School and Beyond Plan and requirements for post-secondary and career choices. You will need a Personalized Pathway if you are unable to meet the Art and/or World Language requirements.

Graduation Pathway Requirement

A student may choose to pursue one or more of the pathway options described below to demonstrate career and college readiness as long as the option chosen is in alignment with the student’s high school and beyond plan.

Statewide High School Assessment

Smarter Balanced Assessment - To meet this graduation pathway option, students need to earn at least the graduation score on the high school English Language Arts (ELA) and math Smarter Balanced Assessment of:

Score on ELA—2548

Score on math—2595

 

WA-AIM (Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement)
If determined to be appropriate by their Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, students with an IEP may meet this graduation pathway option with the WA-AIM state assessment. The graduation scores identified by the State Board of Education (in August 2015) for the WA-AIM are:

Score on ELA—104 

Score on math--103

Dual Credit Courses

A student may demonstrate career and college readiness by completing and qualifying for college credit in dual credit courses in English language arts and mathematics. This includes: College in the High School, Running Start, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.

High School Transition Courses

A student may demonstrate career and college readiness by earning high school credit in a high school transition course in English language arts and mathematics. Bridge to College courses are transition courses

AP Courses and International Baccalaureate Programs

A student may demonstrate career and college readiness by earning high school credit, with a C+ grade, or receiving a three or higher on the AP exam, or equivalent, in AP, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge International Courses in English language arts and mathematics; or receiving a four or higher on international baccalaureate exams. Students must pass at least one course or exam in English language arts and one course or exam in math.

SAT or ACT Scores

To meet this pathway, students need to earn at least the graduation score established by the State Board of Education on the SAT and ACT. A graduation cut-score on the ACT (no Writing) is not available at this time.

SAT and ACT scores (graduation pathway option)

Pathway Option

SAT with Essay

SAT Score

ACT with Writing

ACT (no Writing)

Math

430

430

16

16

English Language Arts

410

410

14

N/A

Combination of Options

Students may use different pathway options to meet the requirements for English and math. For example, a student may meet the English graduation pathway option using the state assessment, and the math graduation pathway option using a transition course.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

To meet the ASVAB graduation pathway option, students must meet the minimum score on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) to be eligible to serve in a branch of the armed services at the time the student takes the test. The AFQT is a component of the ASVAB (not a separate test). Satisfying this graduation pathway option meets requirements in both English and math. 

The current score students must meet (this score will be confirmed and updated here at least annually by September 1. Students may choose to meet either the minimum score the year a student takes the ASVAB or the score established by any branch of the military posted here on a later date prior to the student turning 21 years of age.): Score: 31

To meet the graduation pathway option, the student must take the ASVAB while in high school.

Career and Technical Education Courses

A student may meet this graduation pathway option by completing a sequence of CTE courses, which align with the student’s High School and Beyond Plan. Satisfying this graduation pathway option meets requirements in both English and math. A course that is used as part of a CTE sequence may also be used to meet subject area graduation requirements in CTE or in other subject areas through CTE course equivalencies. Please discuss this option with your school counselor. There are specific requirements in meeting ELA and Math under this option.

Expedited Appeal Process for Waiving Student Assessment Requirements

For the graduating classes of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, an expedited appeal process for waiving specific requirements in RCW 28A.655.061 pertaining to the certificate of academic achievement and the certificate of individual achievement is available for eligible students who have not met the state standard on the English language arts statewide student assessment, the mathematics high school statewide student assessment, or both. The student or the student’s parent, guardian, or principal may initiate an appeal with the district and the district has the authority to determine which appeals to submit to the superintendent of public instruction for review and approval.

AP/IB Tests and SAT/ACT Exams 

We will communicate more information as it becomes available. Teachers will communicate with AP/IB students directly on what will be required.

Running Start

Please reach directly to your school counselor or your college directly. It is important that you follow the directions of the college you are attending in order to earn the credit for spring quarter.

            Pierce College - https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/

            Clover Park Technical College - http://www.cptc.edu/  

            Tacoma Community College - https://www.tacomacc.edu/

 

Credit Retrieval

Any student currently enrolled in a credit retrieval class in Graduation Alliance will need to complete that course(s) for credit. If you are having troubles accessing the program, please contact your school counselor and/or administrator. It is important to complete the credit retrieval course, as it is required for meeting graduation requirements.

Scholarships Search and Essay Review

For essay reviews, feel free to send your essays to your school counselor or college/career specialist.