Graduation Requirements

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Our goal is that all students graduate from high school and go on to pursue higher education or a vocational path.

Oregon High School Diploma

To earn a high school diploma, students need to meet the following standards.

  1. Successfully complete the credit requirements for graduation.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in essential skills (reading, writing, math).
  3. Meet personalized learning requirements.

Credit requirements (24 total)

  • 4 credits English
  • 3 credits Mathematics*
  • 3 credits Science**
  • 3 credits Social Studies
  • 1 credit Physical Education***
  • 1 credit Health
  • .5 credits Career Development
  • 3 credits Applied/Fine Arts/Second Language****
  • 5.5 credits Electives

* Math credits must be earned at or above Algebra 1
** 3 lab experience/scientific inquiry credits
***Online PE classes must be approved by school administration
****Any one or a combination

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Other Graduation Information

In addition to the standard diploma, students may also receive a honors diploma, modified diploma, extended diploma, or alternative credit.

Grad Prep for Sophomores and Juniors

The Corvallis School District’s goal is to continually improve student success and on-time graduation. Currently, high school freshmen take a year-long freshman success class designed to provide a strong foundation for their high school career.  Senior Seminar is a required class for seniors that helps them to complete graduation requirements and develop a post-secondary plan.

Building on these offerings, starting fall 2019, high school sophomores and juniors (who do not already have an 8 period day) will attend a Grad Prep class once per week as part of their regular class schedule. This is a class period that will meet for one hour and will be scheduled during the student’s off block on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Grad Prep will give students additional support from a certified teacher and time to work on class assignments.

This will result in greater support and opportunities for academic success for sophomores and juniors, a decrease in failure rates in core classes, and an increase in opportunities to make progress towards graduation. If you have any questions, please contact your high school student’s counselor.

Proficiency in Essential Skills

Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in certain skills essential for success in college, the workplace, and civic life in the 21st century. Graduates must prove they can read well enough to be able to interpret and analyze a variety of text and able to follow written instructions to perform a task, answer questions or solve problems. They also must demonstrate proficiency in writing and math as defined by established learning standards.

Each student has multiple opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in these skills by meeting the standards on statewide assessments (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) and Smarter Balanced), providing work samples, or meeting or exceeding a designated score on such national assessments as the ACT or SAT.

Personalized Learning Requirements

Education Plan & Profile

With help from school guidance counselors, students will develop a “road map” to help them pursue their personal and career interests and achieve their post-high school goals. This process begins in Grade 7 and continues until graduation. Students keep track of their progress and may alter their personalized learning plan as their interests and goals change.

Career-Related Learning Experiences

Students must participate in activities that will connect their classroom learning with real life experiences in the workplace, community and/or school that relate to their education plan.

Extended Application

Students are required to complete a personal project which helps them apply and extend their academic and career-related knowledge and skills in a real world situation related to their interests and goals. Examples might be an internship, science fair project, volunteer activity, cadet teaching, a service learning project or some kind of work experience. Students must submit a work plan/journal and a reflective essay at the conclusion of their project.