Graduation Requirements

To graduate, our students must:

  • Earn 24 credits

  • Complete a Washington State History and Government course (this is a non-credit requirement and may be taken in middle school)

  • Demonstrate career and college readiness by completing a High School and Beyond plan

  • Meet the requirements of at least one graduation pathway option

Colleges and technical training programs may require more credits or prerequisites beyond the State’s minimum graduation requirements. For specific entrance requirements, check with potential colleges and technical programs, and talk with your school counselor.

Credit Requirements

Graduating Central Kitsap students will need to earn 24 total credits in a variety of subjects, as outlined below.

  • Arts: 2 credits
    **Can include 1 credit of Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR)
  • English: 4 credits
    Recommend 1 – 3 credits of courses focusing on Composition & Literature
  • Health & Fitness: 2 credits
    0.5 credit of Health and 1.5 credit of Fitness
  • Mathematics: 3 credits
    *Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II or a 3rd credit of math
  • Science: 3 credits
    *At least two Lab and a 3rd credit of science
  • Social Studies: 3 credits
    1.0 credit of US History, 0.5 credit of Civics, 0.5 credit of contemporary world problems (CWP) and 1.0 credit of social studies
  • World Language: 2 credits
    **Both credits can be PPR

* The 3rd credit of science and the 3rd credit of math are chosen by the student based on the student’s interest and High School and Beyond Plan, and approved by the parent or guardian, or, if the parent or guardian is unavailable or does not indicate a preference, the school counselor or principal

**Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR) are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student’s interests and High School and Beyond Plan, that may include Career and Technical Education and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning. Students may have up to 3 PPR credits.

Competency Based Credits

The district understands the demonstration of mastering skills through a competency based program and has established mechanisms for World Language Proficiency, as well as proficiency through the state assessment process. Credits for proficiency are transcribed with a “P” and not a letter grade. For more information on Competency Based Credits visit your school counseling office.

World Language

A maximum of (4) four World Language credits may be awarded through OSPI’s Competency Based Credit testing process.

In order to earn competency credits in World Language, students will demonstrate proficiency in all four domains of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. These assessments are aligned with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Levels.

State Exam Proficiencies

Students who meet standard on the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WACAS), Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in Math or English Language Arts, or who take SAT/ACT will be allowed to apply for credit in the appropriate content area. Students may receive up to 1.5 credits in total.

Graduation Pathways

Students must meet at least one of these pathway options to graduate:
  • State Assessments
  • Transition Courses
  • Dual Credit
  • Combination
  • AP/IB/Cambridge
  •  ASVAB
  • ACT or SAT
  • CTE Sequence

Resources: OSPI/Graduation Pathways (pdf) and State Board of Education/Graduation Pathways

Career/Technical Field = CTE Course Sequence

  • Complete 2.0 or more credits that either include a dual credit course or lead to an industry recognized credential
  • Complete a Core Plus program

Military Career Interest = ASVAB Exam (AFQT Section)

Postsecondary Education = English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Courses & Exams

(Can use any combination of the ELA and math options listed in this section.)

  • ACT (ELA = 14; math = 16) or SAT (ELA = 410; math = 430)
  • Dual credit courses (1.0 credit total):
    • AP/IB/Cambridge: Earn a C+ in state-approved course (each term)
    • CTE Dual Credit (must earn high school credit)
    • College in the High School or Running Start courses (local approval)
  • Dual credit exams (for state-approved courses):
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    • Cambridge = E or better
    • IB = 4+
  • State assessments:
    • Smarter Balanced: ELA = 2548; math = 2595
    • WA-AIM: ELA = 104; math = 103
  • Transition courses (1.0 credit total):
    • Bridge to College courses have state-level approval
    • Local articulation agreements between districts and sponsoring colleges

For questions, please contact OSPI at [email protected]

High School and Beyond Portfolio

All students enrolled in Central Kitsap School District shall have a High School and Beyond Portfolio that includes a preferences, skills, and interest assessment. A four-year personal education plan including post-high school plans, understanding of the financial aid resources available, and a resume/activities log. Students are also encouraged to include a cover letter and letters of recommendation to further enhance their electronic SDS portfolio.

The Career Center Coordinator and staff will assist you in the completion of these graduation requirements. These requirements are useful tools for planning a career path that is well suited for you and for choosing relevant coursework during high school. Our goal is to make sure you have a plan in place to ensure you achieve your career and educational goals. If you have questions about Central Kitsap School District’s career pathways, please visit the Career Center.