IKF Graduation Requirements
NEPN/NSBA Code: IKF 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 

Before entering high school, students need to know the standards for attaining a high school diploma in order to plan an appropriate, sequential educational program to meet that goal.

The Superintendent, through the high school principal or other designee, shall be responsible for making accurate information concerning diploma requirements available to incoming students and their parents prior to the start of their ninth grade school year. A copy of this policy will be disseminated to all incoming ninth grade students at the time of course selection. This policy will also be included in every edition of the high school student handbook.

The Board has approved this schedule of minimum requirements for graduation, which includes minimum requirements specified by the State. The Board is aware that current law and regulations are subject to change.

The Board expects the Superintendent/designee to inform students and parents as soon as practicable of any additional State-imposed standards that must be met before students may be awarded a high school diploma.

For the purposes of this section, a full time student is carrying six credits.

I. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS’ GRADUATION FROM PISCATAQUIS COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

Students who anticipate graduating at the end of the 2015 school year and thereafter must meet the content standards as well as successfully complete a total of 26 (credits) as follows:

A. English Language Arts – meet the Maine State Learning Results and 4 credits.

B. Social Studies and History (including one year of American History and Government including Civics) – meet the Maine State Learning Results and 4 credits.

C. Mathematics – meet the Maine State Learning Results and 4 credits of Math.

D. Science – (including at least 1 year of laboratory study) – meet the content standards of the System of Maine State Learning Results and 4 credits of Science.

E. Visual and Performing Arts – meet the Maine State Learning Results and 2 credits.

F. Health and Physical Education – meet the Maine State Learning Results and 1.5 credits.

G. Modern and Classical Languages – meet the Maine State Learning Results and 1 credit.

H. The remaining 5.5 credits may be selected by the student on the basis of his or her interests, abilities, or plans following graduation.

I. Students complete at least 30 hours of community service hours in six years.  The school will provide opportunity for some of those hours through a community service day, the remainder has to be documented by the student.

J. The State also requires that students demonstrate computer skills according to the school unit’s standards for computer literacy, proficiency, and performance.

II. MULTIPLE PATHWAYS OF EARNING CREDITS

A student who is deficient in these requirements may meet these requirements in accordance with the provision of this section. A student who wishes to meet a credit requirement through an alternative method must have prior written approval as specified in this section. The student may participate in the next regular graduation ceremony following successful completion of the requirements. The costs of alternative coursework shall not be the responsibility of the district unless special arrangement is made in advance.

A. A student may earn up to 2 credits through the Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative Program. The student must have prior written approval from the Director of Adult Education, Guidance Counselor, and Principal.

B. A student may obtain credits or meet content standards through summer school in classes that he/she completed at Piscataquis Community High School but did not pass. The student must obtain prior written approval from the guidance counselor and principal.

C. A student may earn credits through distance learning, virtual or correspondence courses from an approved school, provided 1) the student has obtained prior written approval from the guidance counselor and principal and 2) progress is monitored by a member of the high school’s professional staff.

D. Advanced courses or courses not available at Piscataquis Community High School may be taken at other secondary schools or at approved post-secondary institutions with the approval of the guidance counselor and principal.

E. A student may earn credits through independent study approved by the guidance counselor and principal and monitored by the teacher(s) of the subject(s) to which the independent study is related.

III. ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS APPLICABLE TO THE AWARDING OF A DIPLOMA FROM PISCATAQUIS COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

A. Transfer Students

For students who transfer to Piscataquis Community High School from another state or from an educational program that is not required to be aligned with the Maine State Learning Results, the Piscataquis Community High School principal shall determine the value of the student’s prior educational experience towards meeting graduation requirements.

B. Home-schooled Students

For home-schooled students wishing to receive a diploma from Piscataquis Community High School, the Piscataquis Community High School principal shall determine the value of the student’s prior educational experience toward meeting graduation credit requirements. A home-schooled student must have attended Piscataquis Community High School for a minimum of 2 consecutive semesters as a full-time student immediately prior to their graduation in order to receive a Piscataquis Community High School diploma.

C. Students Receiving Special Education Services

Students who successfully meet the Maine State Learning Results, as specified in the goals and objectives of their Individualized Education Plans (IEP), will be awarded diplomas.

D. Delayed Awarding of Diplomas

A student who leaves Piscataquis Community High School to attend an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education may, upon satisfactory completion of the freshman year, be awarded a high school diploma, provided that the student has notified the principal at the time of the early admission.

E. Early Awarding of Diplomas

A student who has met the State’s and the Board’s diploma requirements in fewer than four years of high school may be awarded a diploma. Carrying an accelerated class load requires prior approval from the parent/guardian, guidance counselor and principal. Students considering early graduation must apply no later than October 15th of the school year in which they will graduate early. Students must have an average of 80% and have a plan for continued education after graduation or a career plan. Students seeking an early diploma must have approval of their parent/guardian, guidance counselor and principal. Parents and students need to understand that a student graduating in their third year of high school will be considered in the grade that their credits qualify them for (Promotion Retention Policy IKE). These students may participate with all activities related to graduation.

F. Extended Study

Students are eligible for extended years of study to complete the requirements of a diploma if they have not reached the age of 20 at the start of the school year. Students eligible for extended years of study may be referred to adult education or other resources suitable to young learners. Extended study for students with disabilities shall be specified in the student’s Individualized Education Plan.

G. Certificate of Completion

The Board may provide a certificate of completion to a student who leaves school having completed four years’ attendance as a full-time high school student and who has earned the required credits, but has not met Maine State Learning Results.

“This certificate of completion meets the traditional academic standard for acceptance into the military.”

H. Participation in Graduation Ceremony

A student must complete all State and Board requirements for a high school diploma or certificate of completion in order to participate in graduation exercises. This requirement may be waived on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the principal.

I. Class Rank

Class Rank will only be calculated for students that are enrolled full time.

J. Valedictorian/Salutatorian

In order to be considered for the honor of valedictorian or salutatorian, a student must be enrolled as a full-time student at Piscataquis Community High School for the two semesters immediately prior to the calculation of rank in class. Students graduating early will only be considered as Valedictorian/Salutatorian if they are graduating with 30 or more credits and in good standing. This calculation is performed following the Fall Semester of the Senior Year.

Legal Reference:         20-A
M.R.S.A. § 4722
Ch. 127 § 7 (Me. Dept. of Ed. Rule)

Cross Reference:       
IHCDA – Post-Secondary Enrollment Options

Adopted: June 8, 2004

Revised: January 9, 2007
, July 31, 2012, May 14, 2013, May 11, 2015, November 10, 2015, January 10, 2017

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