GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

6146

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS                                6146

High school diplomas will be granted only to students who satisfy the following requirements:

Meriden Graduation Requirements:  21.25 Credits

English

4 Credits

Social Studies (must include Civics and U.S History

3 Credits

Mathematics

3 Credits

Science (one must be in Biology)

2 Credits

Art/Vocational

1 Credit

Physical Education

1.5 Credits

Business/Computer

1 Credit

Health

0.5 Credit

Electives

5 Credits

Community Service

0.25

Meriden Graduation with Credit Distinction Requirements:  25.25 Credits

Meriden Graduation with Highest Credit Distinction Requirements:  28.25 Credits

Courses in Art, Music or Theater qualify for the Arts requirement.  Computer courses, along with offerings in the Business and Vocational Education Departments, meet the Business and Vocational Education requirements. 

 Use of State Mastery Tests for Graduation

Smarter Balanced Assessments Graduation Requirement

 

Category 

 Meets Graduation Requirement

 Alternative Indicator of Success

 Exceeds Mastery

Yes 

N/A 

Achieves Mastery 

Yes 

N/A 

Approaching Mastery 

Yes 

N/A 

Below Mastery 

No 

Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 

Or

    For each tested area below master on the Smarter Balanced Assessments, students must demonstrate success in one of the following indicators in that core content area:

Minimum 2.33 GPA

C or higher grade in one ECE or AP course

Score of 39 on PSAT

Score of 450 on SAT

ACT Score of 17 or higher

Accuplacer standard score of 88 or higher

Successful completion of a Personalized Learning Experience (PLE) in senior year

Proficiency on District Assessment

Passing grade on alternative assignment

 

Science Connecticut Academic Performance Test

Graduation Requirement

 

Category 

 Meets Graduation Requirement

 Alternative Indicator of Success

5

Advanced

Yes

N/A

 Goal

Yes 

N/A 

Proficient 

Yes 

N/A 

Basic

No 

 

Below Basic 

No 

Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 

Or

    Students must demonstrate success in one of the following indicators in the science content area:

Minimum GPA of 2.33 in science

C or higher grade in one ECE or AP course

Score of 550 on one science SAT

ACT Score of 17 or higher

Successful completion of a science PLE in senior year

Proficiency on District Assessment

Passing grade on school-based alternative assignment

 Course Loads

Students are required to carry a minimum of six course units yearly; however, senior students may request a waiver from the school principal if they document active participation in approved college and career readiness activities.  

Generally, students are expected to satisfy the graduation requirements listed in this policy in grades nine through twelve, inclusive.  However, a student may receive credit for courses successfully completed in grades seven or eight of any course, the primary focus of which corresponds directly to the subject matter of a specified course requirement in grades nine through twelve, inclusive.  Additionally, a student may receive credit towards the high school graduation requirement for the successful completion of a World Language Course completed in grades six, seven or eight.  Students may also receive credit through pre-approved online coursework or for coursework offered through a non-profit provider, provided the student achieves a passing grade on an examination prescribed by the Commissioner of Education for up to four units.  Students may also earn units toward reaching a graduation requirement by passing a proficiency examination approved by the Commissioner of Education or upon successful completion of coursework at an accredited institution of higher education.  The school principal may waive up to one unit of study in any given year for a student when warranted because of academic or family hardship circumstances.

 Transfer Credit

Only transfer credits earned from high schools accredited by their state accrediting agencies will be accepted in fulfillment of the required 21.25 units except as described above.

Prior approval from the principal is necessary to pursue transfer credit/credit opportunities from accredited institutions other than high school, except as described above.

Attendance Requirements

Students eligible to receive a high school diploma and participate in a graduation ceremony must have attended a Meriden high school for the full and final semester before graduation. Exceptions from this policy may be made by the Superintendent after reviewing special cases with the high school administration.

 

 Legal Reference:

 

Connecticut General Statutes, Section 10-221

Public Act 84-297

Approved September 4, 1984

Amended May 3, 1994

Amended June 1, 1999

Amended March 19, 2002

Amended December 16, 2003

Amended March 6, 2007

Amended February 2, 2010

Amended February 7, 2012

Amended April 28, 2015

Amended June 7, 2016

Reviewed and no changes made: December 6, 2016

Amended May 16, 2017

 Previous Policy Number: HK6

 

Approved 5/16/2017
Previous Policy Number: HK6

High School Diplomas for Special Education Students

6146.1 (R)

High School Diplomas for Special Education Students 6146.1 (R)

Meriden’s position is one of serving special education students in a positive and productive manner while also protecting the integrity of the Board’s graduation requirements. The guidelines listed below should be utilized by staff in dealing with this issue for special education students within or out of the district.

  1. In-District Placements
  2. Graduation requirements for special education students at Platt and Maloney High Schools shall be the same as those of the general school population.
  3. Credits may be earned in regular or special classes, depending on recommendations of the student’s planning and placement team.
  4. In cases where students are unable to meet course objectives, the planning and placement team will determine what constitutes completion of requirements after reviewing the regular course objectives.
  5. This plan will be effective with the class of 1989.
  6. Out-of-District Placements
  7. While it is our legal educational obligation to develop individualized educational programs (IEPs) for placed-out students, it is not to be assumed that such a program or other educational recommendations set forth by planning and placement teams supersede established Board policy for graduation requirements. Simply stated, students must meet the requirements of the Board for graduation in order to be awarded a high school diploma.
  8. When a high school student is placed out as a result of a decision made by a planning and placement team, our priority should be one of working closely with the institution in question to see that the IEP is developed and carried out in keeping with the needs of the student. The consideration of shaping the program with graduation requirements in mind should only be addressed if warranted by current educational circumstances. If and when it is educationally sound the address the student’s standing in terms of graduation requirements while continuing on a placed-out status, such a review is to be directly and closely overseen by our staff. In this instance, careful consideration should be given to possibly returning the student in question to either Maloney or Platt as a base for programming, recognizing that such a move would have to be carefully designed and well supported.
  9. Should a circumstance develop where it appears as though a handicapped student might be denied a high school diploma because of what could be interpreted as prejudicial, discriminatory, or educationally arbitrary requirements, consideration could be given to pursuing a waiver from the Board. For example, our physical education requirement should not prevent a child with a physical disability from receiving a diploma if the student has met all other Board requirements. In this instance, an appropriate substitute would probably be considered towards meeting the graduation requirements.

 

Approved July 1, 1987

Amended December 6, 2016

Previous Policy Number: HK6-R






Approved 12/6/2016
Previous Policy Number: HK6-R