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1 Administration Regulation Page 1 of 8 A. General Graduation Requirements 1. A diploma of graduation shall be granted to any student of good character and citizenship who satisfactorily completes the full curriculum prescribed by the District. Requirements for graduation from a senior high school in the Glendale Unified School District are listed in Board Policy a. In the case of a senior entering Glendale schools during the senior year, the graduation diploma may be issued by the Glendale Unified School District or by the school previously attended and the student may participate in graduation exercises. Credits earned in Glendale senior high schools may be transferred back to the school of previous attendance. b. Transfer students shall complete such requirements as have been established for the grade in which the transfer student enrolls and the subsequent grades prior to graduation insofar as seems appropriate. Thus, the transfer student need not make up required instruction that is normally provided in grades lower than that into which the transfer student is first enrolled. c. A student must have passed the language arts, and mathematics sections of the California High School Exit Examination unless he/she has received a waiver or an exemption. d. Students who complete Glendale Unified School District graduation requirements while enrolled in the District home/hospital teaching program or while enrolled in state-certified special education nonpublic school shall be granted a diploma from their Glendale Unified School District high school of residence. e. Students who have not passed one or both parts of the exit exam by the end of grade 12 shall have the opportunity to receive intensive instruction and services for up to two consecutive academic years after completion of grade 12 or until they have passed both parts of the exam, whichever comes first. 2. A parent or guardian may request the principal to submit a request for a waiver of the requirement to successfully pass the high school exit exam to the governing Board for a student with a disability, who has taken the high school exit exam

2 Administration Regulation Page 2 of 8 with modifications that alter what the test measures and has received the equivalent of a passing score on the language arts and/or mathematics sections of the California High School Exit Exam. The principal will certify to the governing board that the student has all of the following: a. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a plan adopted pursuant to Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in place that requires accommodations or modification to be provided to the student when taking the high school exit exam. b. The student has satisfactorily completed a course of study meeting the District s graduation requirements. c. An individual score report for the student showing that the student has received the equivalent of a passing score on the high school exit exam while using a modification that fundamentally alters what the high school exit exam measures as determined by the State Board of Education. 3. The District shall grant a diploma to a student with a disability who has not passed the exit exam if all of the following criteria are satisfied: (Education Code ) a. The student must take the exit exam in grade 10 as part of the census administration. b. The student has an IEP or Section 504 Plan. c. The IEP or 504 Plan states that the student is scheduled to receive a high school diploma. d. The student has satisfied or will satisfy all other state and District requirements for the receipt of a high school diploma on or after July 1, Upon recommendation of the principal of the school and upon the approval of the District Superintendent, the diploma of graduation may be withheld from a student because of flagrant or persistent misbehavior or unusually poor citizenship.

3 Administration Regulation Page 3 of 8 B. Credit Toward High School Graduation 1. Five semesters credits are granted for the successful completion of one period of class work daily for one semester or its equivalent. Semester credit toward graduation may be counted only once for each course in grades 9, 10, 11, and l2 (for example, algebra or foreign language taken in the ninth grade may not be repeated for unit credit although it may be repeated to raise a grade); except that under unusual circumstances, credit may be given for a course that is being repeated upon the recommendation of the principal. a. In terms of credit for high school graduation and college entrance, grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 will be considered as a unit. b. A minimum of 220 semester periods of credit earned in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 is required for high school graduation. c. Students are normally enrolled in six classes or subjects per semester. Upon recommendation of the counselor and with approval of the principal and parent or guardian, students may enroll in additional classes or subjects for credit if space allows and if the course selection is consistent with the student s post-high school plans, career goals, and past academic performance. 2. Credit for Mathematics Graduation Requirement Students may meet the mathematics graduation requirement by any of the following methods: a. Successful completion of a course in algebra and a course in geometry in grades 7 and 8 and a minimum of two courses in mathematics in grades b. Successful completion of a course in algebra in grades 7 or 8 and a minimum of two courses in mathematics in grades 9-12, including one course that meets the geometry content standards. c. Successful completion of an approved sequence of courses that meet the algebra and geometry content standards. This sequence of courses could include, but is not limited to:

4 Administration Regulation Page 4 of 8 (1) A two- or three-semester course in algebra (2) A two- or three-semester course in geometry C. Additional credits toward graduation, may be earned in the following ways: 1. Credit for Other Credit may be granted to a student regularly enrolled and in attendance at a senior high school for instruction for courses taken from an accredited institutions approved by one of the six regional accreditation commissions for high school credit. In individual cases, credits may be granted to students enrolled in instructional programs, which meet standards consistent with expectations held for students enrolled in Glendale Unified School District courses. Each program will be reviewed by the Secondary Council who will determine whether the standards are met. These courses shall be in fields and subjects approved by the District. Approval of the instruction must be granted in advance by the principal or designee. 2. Credit by Examination In individual cases, credit may be granted when a student has attained a level of learning equivalent to the completion of course work in a normal classroom setting, except in subjects for which a minimum amount of instructional time is specified (physical education, science lab course). a. The student shall make known to the counselor the intent to apply for credit by examination at least one quarter prior to the examination. b. Subjects are restricted to those in the approved curricula and the examination shall be comparable to that given in the regular course; if a grade is assigned, it shall be on the same standard. c. When equivalency to course work is determined by examination, credit assigned shall be entered by course title on the student s permanent record

5 Administration Regulation Page 5 of 8 D. Credit for Work Experience to assure that the transcript will show all courses for which the student has been granted credit. The District shall enter into a formal training agreement with each employer to provide one or more of the following paid and unpaid types of on-the-job experiences. A maximum of twenty (20) credits may be earned in any one work experience program. 1. General Work Experience 2. Vocational Work Experience 3. Exploratory Work Experience A student may enroll in work experience when they have met all of the following requirements: 1. At the time of enrollment, the student is at least 16 years of age or, if under the age of 16 years, fulfills one of the following criteria: a. The student is enrolled in grade 11 or higher. b. The principal or designee certifies that the student is in need of immediate work experience education in order to pursue employment opportunities. c. The principal or designee certifies that there is a probability that the student will no longer be enrolled as a full-time student without being provided the opportunity to enroll in a work experience program. d. The student s individual education program prescribes the type of training for which participation in a work experience education program is deemed appropriate. 2. During the course of the student enrollment in the program, the student receives at least the equivalent of one instructional period per week of related classroom instruction or counseling by a certificated employee. The instruction or counseling is to be scheduled intermittently throughout the semester. All laws or rules applicable to minors in employment relationships shall be applicable to students enrolled in work experience.

6 Administration Regulation Page 6 of 8 Upon completion of a work experience program, five is the usual number of credits that can be earned in one semester. A student having special needs with the approval of the principal or designee can earn an additional five credits. Maximum total number of credits earned per semester is ten. Each five credits require a minimum of 90 job hours, distributed over a period of at least three months. Minimum Day The minimum day for students enrolled in a work experience program shall be four periods totaling at least 180 minutes in duration, with the following exception: 1. A work permit may be issued to a minor between 14 and 18, who is regularly enrolled in a high school or community college or who has been assigned a vocational course in a place of employment; and who will work part-time as a student enrolled in an educational program. Responsibilities of Teacher-Coordinator The work experience teacher shall conduct the related classroom instruction, prepare individual training plans, observe and consult with students, and make at least two on-site contacts per semester with each work station supervisor to evaluate student performance. E. Limitations of Credits Earned A maximum of 40 credits may be earned in work experience and non-classroom servicerelated courses such as laboratory assistant, teacher s aide, and clerical experience, etc. F. Credit for College and Adult Education Courses High school students may enroll in college or adult education classes, when it is legally possible for them to do so. Refer to Board Policy G. Annual Notification 1. All parents of students grades 9-12 who have not passed the language arts, and mathematics sections of the California High School Exit Examination shall be notified in writing annually that the state requires all students to pass the state s

7 Administration Regulation Page 7 of 8 high school exit examination as a condition of graduation. The notification shall include, at a minimum, the date of the examination, the requirements for passing the examination, and the consequences of not passing the examination. H. Supplemental 1. When student do not demonstrate sufficient progress toward passing the exit examination, the district will provide supplemental instruction reflecting state academic standards to assist student to succeed on the exit examination. 2. Supplemental instruction shall include summer school instructional programs for students in grades 7-12 who do not demonstrate sufficient progress toward passing the exit examination. I. Attendance Provisions for Non-Graduating Students 1. Students who are at least 18 years of age and who have not met all requirements for graduation from a Glendale school by the end of their eighth semester of high school may request to continue their work in high school for up to two additional semesters. The request should be made to the principal of the high school the student will attend for this extended high school opportunity. a. Principals shall use the following criteria when considering these requests: the student currently has sufficient credits so that he/she may reasonably be expected to graduate by the end of the school year immediately following that of their original graduating class. The student has made a good faith effort during the seventh and/or eighth semester(s) of high school as evidenced by satisfactory citizenship, discipline, and attendance records; and, the student lives in the attendance area served by the Glendale Schools. b. Students accepted for an extended high school opportunity are expected to complete graduation requirements in effect for their original graduating class. In addition, students are expected to maintain satisfactory attendance, behavior, and academic progress in order to maintain their status and continue to be enrolled.

8 Administration Regulation Page 8 of 8 c. Students who complete all graduation requirements during this extended opportunity will be awarded a diploma from the school they attended during their eighth semester of high school. 2. Students 18 years of age or older may elect to complete work for a high school diploma at an adult education center or a community college. Students may contact these schools directly. Students choosing this option may receive a diploma from the school in which they were enrolled at the end of their eighth semester of high school provided that all GUSD graduation requirements are met and they have passed the language arts, and mathematics sections of the California High School Exit Examination by the end of the school year immediately following that of their original graduating class. Those students who have completed 8 semesters of high school and have not yet reached their 18 th birthday may consider this option by contacting their counselor. 3. If a non-graduating senior needs additional time beyond the two semesters to complete the graduation course requirement or a dropout wants to re-enroll, a request to continue instruction in a District program can be made to the Director of Student Services. 4. Students who have active Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and receive Special Education services may continue their high school work in a District program until they graduate or until they reach the age of 22. Program placement will be made by the IEP team. Legal Reference: Education Code, Sections 44806; ; 48980; 51202; 51203; 51220; 51221; 51222; 51223; 51224; 51226; 51228; ; ; 51763; 52316; 54729; ; 60850; Code of Regulations: Title 5, Sections 1600; 1632; Rules Approved: 12/04/1956 Rules Revised: 01/1984; 03/01/1988; 01/17/1989; 04/24/1990; 06/25/1991; 05/21/1996; 12/16/1997; 03/07/2000; 11/07/2000; 04/03/2001; 10/01/2002; 08/19/2003; 02/21/2006; 03/23/2010; 11/16/2010 (Formerly AR 5216)

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