Section 6q: High school credit and graduation requirements

Rule Text

(q) High school alternative learning experience courses must be offered for high school credit. Courses offering credit or alternative learning experience programs issuing a high school diploma must satisfy the state board of education's high school credit and graduation requirements as provided in chapter 180-51 WAC.


The comments for section 6(p), "courses of study", are also relevant here.

Common Questions

Q. When a student takes an online course from a third-party provider, should the school district accept that credit?

A. School districts must award credit and grades for online high school courses successfully completed by a student that meet the school district's graduation requirements and are provided by an approved online provider. (RCW 28A.250.050)

Last updated: 9/5/2013

Q. Can a student be awarded high school credit for courses taken in middle school?

A. In some cases, the answer is yes. Per RCW.28A.230.090:

4) If requested by the student and his or her family, a student who has completed high school courses before attending high school shall be given high school credit which shall be applied to fulfilling high school graduation requirements if:

(a) The course was taken with high school students, if the academic level of the course exceeds the requirements for seventh and eighth grade classes, and the student has successfully passed by completing the same course requirements and examinations as the high school students enrolled in the class; or

(b) The academic level of the course exceeds the requirements for seventh and eighth grade classes and the course would qualify for high school credit, because the course is similar or equivalent to a course offered at a high school in the district as determined by the school district board of directors.

(5) Students who have taken and successfully completed high school courses under the circumstances in subsection (4) of this section shall not be required to take an additional competency examination or perform any other additional assignment to receive credit.

Last updated: 6/1/2015

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