Graduation Requirements

  • There are four required components to earn a Yelm High School diploma. Graduation requirements are aligned with district policies and the requirements of the state of Washington.

    Credit Requirements:
    Students in the classes 2016-2020 must earn 22 required credits.
    Students in the classes of 2021 & beyond must earn 24 credits.
    State Testing Requirements:
    Students are currently required to take state approved tests in reading, writing, math and science. Refer to the table below for the requirements of each graduation class. Those students not meeting standard on the first attempt will have future testing options or alternatives.  More information available at

    Graduating Year

    Testing Requirements

    English Language Arts



    Class of 2014

    Reading HSPE

    Writing HSPE

    Algebra or
    Geometry EOC


    Class of 2015 & 2016

    HSPEs or
    ELA Exit Exam

    Algebra or Geometry EOC Exit Exam

    Gr 11 Smarter Balanced Math 

    Class of 2017 & 2018

    ELA exit exam or
    Gr 11 Smarter Balanced ELA

    Class of 2019 and beyond

    Gr 11 Smarter Balanced ELA

    Gr 11 Smarter Balanced Math

    Biology EOC

    (until WA State Science Standards testing is implemented)

    High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP):
    Students develop a plan for meeting the high school graduation requirements and for connecting successfully to their next steps in life. The HSBP is completed in the spring of a student's senior year with a presentation at spring conferences.  
Last Modified on November 8, 2018