Graduation

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

EGCS diplomas are authorized and issued by Elk Grove Unified School District. In order to earn a diploma from EGCS, a student must fulfill all requirements as specified by EGCS, EGUSD, and CDE graduation requirements. EGCS issues either a comprehensive high school or a continuation high school diploma, depending upon the student’s diploma pathway and course completion. Regardless of the pathway all diplomas represent the completion of 220 credits. In addition, students must earn the speech and technology proficiency in order to graduate. Specific to EGCS, students must complete 30 hours of community service and a senior college/career plan while enrolled.

Students typically earn more than the minimum credits in any academic area. Extra credits may be used to meet the electives credit requirement. Per EGUSD board policy, students in grade 9-11 cannot earn more than 90 credits in an academic year and 12th-grade students may earn 100 credits in an academic school year.

Note: Any student planning to return to his/her comprehensive high school must meet and make arrangements with the comprehensive site to determine what classes are required for their re-enrollment. ISP teachers can and will aid in this process, but it is the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian to make the necessary arrangements with the school of residence.

COMPREHENSIVE DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS TABLE

COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

English

40 credits

Mathematics

(including Algebra 1 and math in senior year)

Option 1

Option 2

40 credits

AND

20 credits

30 credits

AND

30 credits

Science

(including Life Science or Biology and Physical/Earth Science)

Health

5 credits

World Geography

5 credits

World History

10 credits

U.S. History

10 credits

Physical Education

20 credits

World Language

Option 1

Option 2

10 credits

AND

10 credits

20 credits

of the

same language

Visual & Performing Arts

American Government

5 credits

Economics

5 credits

Speech Proficiency

1 credit or demonstration of proficiency

Technology Proficiency

5 credits or demonstration of proficiency

Electives

30 credits or remainder needed to reach 220 total credits

CONTINUATION DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS TABLE

CONTINUATION HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

English

40 credits

Mathematics

(including Algebra 1)

30 credits

Science

20 credits

Health

5 credits

World Geography

5 credits

World History

10 credits

U.S. History

10 credits

Physical Education

20 credits

World Language

Option 1

Option 2

10 credits

AND

0 credits

0 credits

AND

10 credits

Visual & Performing Arts

American Government

5 credits

Economics

5 credits

Speech Proficiency

1 credit or demonstration of proficiency

Technology Proficiency

5 credits or demonstration of proficiency

Electives

50 credits or remainder needed to reach 220 total credits

GRADUATION PLANNING

During the first ISP appointment, ISP teachers complete a transcript analysis and develop a graduation plan for 12th-grade students and outline a semester of academic course work on the master agreement for all students. ISP teacher are required to communicate the results of the transcript analysis and graduation/semester plan to parents/guardians, and students. Part of the graduation planning process includes the following:

  1. Determine a comprehensive or continuation diploma pathway (11th- and 12th-grade students).
  2. Complete a transcript analysis being sure to verify CAHSEE, Speech, and Technology proficiencies.
  3. Create a graduation timeline and semester academic plan.
  4. Register students in ISP or workshop support courses depending on the need of the student.
  5. Assign and assist with the completion of the 11th- and 12th-grade college/career project.
  6. Assign and verify students complete 30 hours of community service while enrolled.
  7. Students requesting to graduate early must petition to EGCS administration for approval (see ISP teacher or administration for details).

GRADUATION CEREMONY

EGCS conducts a graduation ceremony once a year. The ceremony is held in a traditional format and students are required to wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. The ceremony is held at the end of the school year, typically during the last week of school. Regardless of when students graduate during the academic year, they are eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony. EGCS has a strong tradition of student speakers and performers during the ceremony. If students are interested in speaking or performing please inform the ISP teacher or the office.

Unfortunately, not all students will be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Students who do not complete ALL graduation requirements prior to the ceremony will not be allowed to participate. Students who complete the GED or CHSPE are not eligible to participate in the ceremony. Also, students who receive disciplinary actions during the last 30 days of school may not be eligible to participate in the ceremony. Students with outstanding book fees and other holds will not be allowed to participate. Additionally, graduating students with holds will not receive their diploma or official transcripts until the hold is cleared.

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