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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

313 Graduation Requirements

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to set forth requirements for graduation from the School District.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

It is the policy of the school district that all students must pass the state required assessments and higher guidelines and must complete all required content standards, as established by the School Board, in order to graduate.

III. DEFINITIONS

A. “Department” means the Minnesota Department of Education.

C. “Unit” means a unit measuring education achievement based on successfully completing the requirements of a given course of study.

D. “Section 504 Accommodation” means the defined appropriate accommodations or modifications that must be made in the school environment to address the needs of an individual student with disabilities.

E. “Individualized Education Plan,” or “IEP,” means a written statement developed for a student eligible by law for special education and services.

F. “Limited English Proficient” or “LEP” students means individuals whose first language is not English and whose test performance may be negatively impacted by lack of English language proficiency.

IV. TEST ADMINISTRATOR

The Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator shall be named the school district test administrator. Said person shall be in charge of all test procedures and shall bring recommendations to the School Board annually for approval.

V. GRADUATION CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

A. In order to receive a diploma from St. Francis High School, students must be enrolled full-time for trimester three of their senior year or be approved for early graduation.

B. Students must earn a minimum of 57 trimester credits in grades nine through twelve in order to graduate and participate in the graduation commencement ceremony. A trimester credit is defined as credit earned in a one-trimester class in a five-period day. Credits students are required to complete in order to graduate are listed in the curriculum areas below:

Credit Requirements for

Class 2019

Credit Requirements for

Class 2020 and beyond

English

8.0 Credits

English

8.0 Credits

Social Studies

8.0 Credits

Social Studies

8.0 Credits

Math*

5-7 Credits

Math*

5-7 Credits

Science

7.0 Credits

Science

7.0 Credits

P.E.

3.0 Credits

P.E.

2.0 Credits

Health

1.0 Credit

Health

1.0 Credit

Future’s Prep

1.0 Credit

Future’s Prep

1.0 Credit

Arts/Music

2.0 Credits

Arts/Music

2.0 Credits

Electives*

20-23 Credits

Electives*

21-24 Credits

* Number of elective credits needed is dependent on math credits completed.

VI. EARLY GRADUATION

The following steps are required for a student to be considered for early graduation.
A. Student/parent must contact the guidance office to see if all graduation requirements can be met.

B. If all graduation requirements can be met, student/parent and counselor will complete a credit analysis and a “Petition for Early Graduation” form.

C. The “Petition for Early Graduation” form must be signed by the parent/guardian and counselor.

D. The petition will be given to principal who will decide if it will be approved. The Principal’s decision shall be in writing and may be subject to review by the Superintendent and School Board.

E. Students who graduate early are not eligible to participate in school sponsored activities after the date of their early graduation.

VII. SPECIAL EDUCATION GRADUATION

The following procedure must be followed for a student to be considered for graduation.

A student can be considered for graduation in accordance with the Individual Education Plan set forth by their Special Education Team.

VIII. CULTURAL EXCHANGE IN GRADUATION CEREMONY

International exchange students with passing grades may participate in the graduation ceremony and will receive a certificate of attendance rather than a diploma unless they meet the criteria for a regular diploma. International exchange students will not be included in class rankings established by grade point average, and will not be eligible for honors status at the graduation ceremony.

IX. MATH

Students must successfully complete the mathematics sequence including:

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Probability and Statistics

Legal References
Minn. Stat. § 120B.02 (Educational Expectations for Minnesota’s Students)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.023 (Benchmarks)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.024 (Graduation Requirements; Course Credits)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.07 (Early Graduation)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.11 (School District Process)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0010-3501.0180 (Rules Relating to Graduation
Standards - Mathematics and Reading)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0200-3501.0290 (Rules Relating to Graduation
Standards - Written Composition)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0505-3501.0635 (K-12 Standards)
20 U.S.C. § 6301, et seq. (No Child Left Behind Act)

Adopted June 25, 2018

School Board
Independent School District No. 15
St. Francis, Minnesota

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