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Graduating high school is universally accepted as a critical step to a bright future. Among other things, high school graduates*:

  • are more likely to be employed, make higher taxable income, and aid in job generation
  • earn a national average of $8,000 more annually compared to high school dropouts

The Renton School District requires 4 components for high school graduation.

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Complete minimum credit requirements

  • Because of the transition from semesters to trimesters, see minimum credits below
Graduation Credit Requirements
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Pass state tests (or approved alternatives)

  • English Language Arts - Students must pass the 11th grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test or a state-approved alternative.
  • Math - Students must pass the 11th grade Smarter Balanced Math Test or state-approved alternative.
  • Science (starting with Class of 2021) - Students must pass the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science or a state-approved alternative.

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Complete a High School and Beyond Plan

  • All students must develop a High School and Beyond Plan showing how they will meet the high school graduation requirements and what they will do following high school. A student’s plan starts in middle school and is revised as he/she moves forward through high school.
  • Exact requirements differ by high school. Check with your counselor for details.
  • Minimum required elements of the High School and Beyond Plan are:
    • Begins in 7th or 8th grade
    • Identification of career goals based on a career interest and skills inventory or assessment
    • Identification of educational goals
    • A four-year course plan that fulfills graduation requirements and aligns with career and educational goals
    • A resume or activity log by the end of twelfth grade that provides a written compilation of student’s education, any work experience, and any community service
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Complete at least of 20 Community Service hours



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Links to WA State graduation information*

OSPI Graduation Requirements
OSPI Graduation Toolkit
WA State Board of Education Graduation Requirements Class of 2020

*While the above links may provide helpful background information, remember that students must meet local Renton School District requirements in order to graduate.