217.  GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS - Pg.

217.  GRADUATION

1.        Purpose

The Board shall establish graduation requirements and acknowledge each student's successful completion of the instructional program by awarding diplomas and certificates at graduation ceremonies.

2.        Authority

        Title 22

        Sec. 4.24, 4.51

             4.52

The Board shall adopt the graduation requirements students must achieve, in accordance with state regulations.

        Title 22

        Sec. 4.24

      SC 1611, 1613

      Title 22

      Sec. 4.24

      Pol. 102, 127, 213        

      Pol. 233

The Board requires graduation requirements to be published and distributed to students and parents/guardians, and made available in each school building or on the district’s website.  All changes to graduation requirements shall be published and distributed to students and parents/guardians, and made available in each school building or on the district’s website immediately following approval by the Board.

Diplomas

The Board shall award a high school diploma to every student enrolled in this district who meets the requirements for graduation established by the Board.

A student who has completed the requirements for graduation shall not be denied a diploma as a disciplinary measure, but the student may be denied participation in the graduation ceremony when personal conduct so warrants.  Such exclusion shall be regarded as a school suspension.

Students with Disabilities

        SC 1614

        Title 22

        Sec. 4.12, 4.24

              11.27

      34 CFR

      Sec. 300.102,

              300.305

      Pol. 113

      Title 22

      Sec. 11.5, 11.8

The Board shall permit a student with a disability, whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) prescribes continued educational services, to participate in commencement ceremonies with his/her graduating class and receive a certificate of attendance, provided that the student has attended four (4) years of high school.  The Board shall issue a high school diploma to each student with a disability who completes the graduation requirements established by the Board or the goals established in the student’s IEP, as determined by the student’s IEP team.

Part-Time Students

A student may qualify for graduation by attending a district school part-time when officially enrolled part-time in a post-secondary institution.

Full-Time Post-secondary Students

        Title 22

        Sec. 11.4, 11.8

The fourth year of high school shall not be required for graduation if a student has completed all requirements for graduation and attends a post-secondary institution as a full-time student.

Eligible Veterans

        SC 1611

In order to honor and recognize eligible veterans who left high school prior to graduation to serve in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War, the Board shall grant a diploma to a veteran who meets the applicable requirements of law and completes the required application.

Upon proper application, the Board may award a diploma posthumously to a veteran who meets the stated requirements.

The Superintendent shall submit to the Board for its approval the names of veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War who are eligible for a high school diploma.

3.  Delegation of

     Responsibility

      Title 22

      Sec. 4.24

      Title 22

      Sec. 4.12, 4.24,

              4.51, 4.52

      Pol. 102, 127, 213

      Title 22

      Sec. 4.12, 4.24,

              4.51, 4.52

      Pol. 102, 127, 213

      Pol. 212

      Title 22

      Sec. 4.24

The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for ensuring the following:

  1.  Publication and distribution of graduation requirements to students and parents/guardians.

  1. Counseling of students regarding expectations of graduation requirements.

  1. Assessment of individual student attainment of academic standards to

   ensure the student’s progress toward achievement of graduation

   requirements.

  1. Accurate recording and reporting of each student’s progress and a

   accumulation of graduation requirements.

  1. Provision of assistance to those students having difficulty attaining the

   academic standards.

  1. Development of a list of individuals who qualify for the award of a

   diploma.

  1. Planning and executing graduation ceremonies that appropriately recognize

   this important achievement.

References:

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 1611, 1613, 1614

State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 4.12, 4.24, 4.51, 4.52,

     11.4, 11.5, 11.8, 11.27

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations – 34 CFR Part 300

Board Policy –102, 113, 127, 212, 213, 216, 233

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