505.05 Graduation Requirements

Students are eligible for graduation upon successfully completing the required academic credits, elective credits, and having met the state and local requirements, as they apply to all subject matter.

A credit is given for an academic course, one semester in length, that has been successfully completed at or through a state certified program. Students are required to earn a total of 48 credits in grades 9-12 and successfully complete the following courses.

Students graduating will be required to successfully complete the following:

  • 6 credits of Mathematics
  • 8 credits of Language Arts
  • 6 credits of Science
  • 8 credits of Social Studies, United States Government, American History, Economics – including Financial Literacy*
  • 1 credit of Health
  • 15 credits of Electives
  • 4 credits in Physical Education (at least one-half Physical Education credit earned per semester)

  • 48 Total Credits

*Financial Literacy requirement is effective with the 2021 graduation class.

Legal Reference:
Iowa Code §256.11A, §279.8
281 I.A.C. 12.2;

Cross Reference:
#505.06 Early Graduation
#505.02 Student Retention and Promotion

Adopted: January 18, 1988

Reviewed: April 14, 2010
December 19, 2011
April 21, 2014
July 16, 2018
November 20, 2019
February 17, 2020

Revised: June 21, 2010
December 19, 2011
April 21, 2014
July 16, 2018
November 20, 2019
February 17, 2020