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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 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 in the class of 2018 to complete a minimum of 23 credits in order to graduate.  The class of 2019 and beyond will be required to complete a minimum of 24 credits in order to graduate.


Cheney Public Schools Graduation Credit Requirements
Academic Area Class of 2018 Class of 2019 and Beyond
Mathematics 3 (Student must complete Algebra 2 or equivalent) 3 (Student must complete Algebra 2 or equivalent)
Language Arts 4 4
Social Studies 3 3
Science 2 (must include 1 credit of lab science) 3 (must include 2 credits of lab science)
Career & Technical Education 1 1
Health & Fitness
Health: 0.5
Fitness: 1.5
Health: 0.5
Fitness: 1.5
Visual & Performing Arts 1 2 (1 can be a Personalized Pathway Requirement)
World Language or Personalized Pathway Requirement 0 2
Electives 7 4
Total: 23 24

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