Graduation Requirements

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 do NOT count as PE credit
****Any one or a combination

In the state of Oregon, new, more rigorous, graduation requirements were phased in starting in 2012. Today’s students are required to earn 24 high school credits and take a minimum of three classes focused on scientific inquiry, two of which must be lab or field- based.  Students must also take three math classes at an Algebra 1 level or higher, and a total of three classes in the categories of second languages, the arts, and career and technical education. At least once a year, parents will receive a report on their student’s progress in fulfilling those requirements.

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.


Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy

Students that participate in the district’s dual language immersion program are eligible to pursue the Seal of Biliteracy which recognizes students for their successful achievement in English and another world language. To earn this recognition, students must demonstrate cultural competency and develop a portfolio of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in two languages. Part of that portfolio includes ten hours of bilingual community service and writing about that experience. Corvallis was one of the first district’s in the state to award the biliteracy seal in 2014. In the first two years, 58 Corvallis graduates have been recognized.