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Graduation Requirements

Washington State Graduation Requirements

All public high school students are required to meet statewide graduation requirements in order to earn a diploma. The goal is that more students will be better prepared to meet 21st-century demands in their working and personal lives.

The following information can help families, students and educators learn more about each of the new requirements, including what each requirement is designed to do and how students will be supported.

To earn a high school diploma, a student must:


The Graduation Toolkit is produced each year by OSPI to help educators and families understand Washington state graduation requirements. This guide is available online for easy viewing and in a downloadable format for printing.

Graduation Requirements Checklists are organized by graduating class. Track your student’s progress as he/she moves through high school.

The Washington State Board of Education establishes minimum credit requirements, the Culminating Project and the High School and Beyond Plan.

The Washington State Legislature requires state testing.


Requirements Specific to Cheney Public Schools Students



Cheney Public Schools requires high school graduates to complete a minimum of 23.12 credits in order to graduate:

  • Each course has a value of .34 credits
  • Students must continue to earn credits each year to maintain progress toward graduation
  • A student must have earned 17.00 credits before being declared a senior



Minimum state graduation requirements

Minimum requirements for your school district*

Minimum requirements for public, four-year colleges and universities**

Recommended courses for highly selective colleges and universities


3 credits

4 credits

Language Arts   (Grades 9-12)

4 years

4 years


3 credits

3 credits

Must complete through Algebra II or equivalent

(Grades 9-12)

3 years***

3-4 years***

Science (one must be a lab)

2 credits

2.04 credits

Physical Science (Grade 9)

(Grade 10)

2 years

3-4 years

Social Studies (including U.S. and Washington state history)

2.5 credits

3.06 credits

World History
(Grade 10)

U.S. History
(Grade 11)

(Grade 12)

(Grade 12)
Current World Issues
(Grade 12)

3 years

3-4 years

World language (same language)

0 credits


2 years

3-4 years

Visual or performing arts

1 credit

1.02 credits

(Grades 9-12)

1 year

2-3 years

Health and fitness

2 credits

2.04 credits

(Grade 9)

Freshman Fitness
(Grade 9)
Physical Education
(Grades 9-12)

* Your school’s requirements may be higher than the state minimums.

** Students must have a minimum 2.00 grade point average.

*** Must be Algebra II or higher.

Occupational education

1 credit

1.02 credits

Career and Technical Education

(Grades 9-12)


5.5 credits

6.80 credits


19 credits (20 for the class of 2013 and beyond)

23.12 credits

Other Graduation Requirements

A. Culminating Project
This integrated learning project helps students understand the connection between school and the real world. Some samples include a portfolio collection,studying topics of interest, engaging in meaningful career internships, or developing in-depth projects, to name a few. Project assignments must be completed with 70% accuracy.
ForCheney High School Students, this includes:
  1. In Economics class, an Economics Report that is connected to your career choice/pathway and a Career Unit that states and researches a specific career that you intend to enter after high school.
  2. In Current World Issues, a Current Issue Report connected to your pathway and a CommunityS ervice project that is based on your pathway and also serves others in the community(10 hours minimum required for all seniors). Running Start students are required to complete community service hours.
  3. In Senior Language Arts, a Writing Competency Project that demonstrates your writing abilities related to the literature you read your senior year. Also, a Reflection Paper that incorporates your chosen career and the impact your courses and your experiences at CHS have had on your decisions.
D. Alternatives: To learn more about state-approved alternatives, please visit:

Outside Learning Experience
Credit for learning experience outside of Cheney High School may be granted for successful completion of the following programs:

  • Approved work experience
  • Spokane Area Skills Center course work
  • Running Start
  • On-line/correspondence course work