At Yelm High School, graduation requirements are aligned with district policies and the requirements of the state of Washington. There are four required components to earn a Yelm High School diploma.
Students earn the required number of credits in English, math, science (including one life science/lab), social studies, health and fitness, visual or performing arts, occupational education and electives. Due to the recent conversion of 9th grade to a six period day, the total number of credits required for graduation will change with the class of 2013 to reflect the conversion.
Class of 2013 and beyond 22 credits in the required areas
State Testing Requirements:
Students are required to take state approved tests in reading, writing, math, and science. Based on student's graduating class refer to table below. Those students not meeting standard on the first attempt will have future testing options or alternatives.
High School and Beyond Plan:
Students develop a plan for meeting the high school graduation requirements and for connecting successfully to their next steps in life. A student’s plan should include the classes needed in preparation for a 2- or 4-year college, vocational or technical school, certificate program or the workforce. For most students, the High School and Beyond Plan begins in middle school and is updated yearly. The High School and Beyond Plan is completed in the spring of a student's senior year with a presentation at spring conferences.
Complete a Culminating Project:
This integrated learning project helps students understand the connection between school and their next steps in life. The project includes a proposal, evidence of researched topic, log of time worked outside of school, and presentation to a panel. This can be completed in the Junior or Senior year.