The Governing Board desires to prepare each student to obtain a diploma of high school graduation in order to provide students with opportunities for postsecondary education and/or employment.
High school graduation shall be contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the required number of units, the specified course requirements or standards, and the prescribed course of study. Graduation shall be recognized by the granting of a diploma by the Governing Board upon the recommendation of the school principal. The principal shall recommend for graduation from high school only those persons who have met the requirement as stated by the State Board of Education and the Governing Board of the Hemet Unified School District. No student shall participate in the graduation ceremony if he/she has not satisfied the graduation requirements for a diploma or for a Certificate of Completion.
The district requires a student to successfully complete 220 credits in grades 9-12 for graduation and with an exception of the alternative high school an overall grade point average of 2.0.
To obtain a diploma of graduation from high school, students shall complete at least the following courses in grades 9-12, with each course being one year unless otherwise specified (Education Code 51225.3):
Because the prescribed course of study may not accommodate the needs of some students, the Board shall provide alternative means for the completion of prescribed courses in accordance with the law.
Each student completing grade 12 shall successfully pass the state exit examinations in language arts and mathematics as a condition of high school graduation with a diploma.
Students who have met all requirements for a diploma, except for the passing of the state exit exam in language arts and mathematics will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
The Superintendent or designees shall regularly report to the Board regarding the number of students receiving a certificate of completion and the resources that have been offered to such students.
Supplemental instruction shall be offered to any student who does not demonstrate "sufficient progress," as defined in Board policy, toward passing the exit examination. (Education Code 37252, 60851) "Sufficient progress" shall be defined as scoring less than at "proficient" as determined by the cut points on the California State Standards tests in grades 6-9 for language arts and math, and failing to secure a passing score on the High School Exit Examination in grades 10-12.
Requirements for graduation and specified alternative means for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made available to students, parents/guardians and the public.
The district may retroactively grant a high school diploma to a former student who was interned by order of the federal government during World War II or who is an honorable discharged veteran of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, provided that he/she was enrolled in a district school immediately preceding the internment or military service and he/she did not receive a diploma because his/her education was interrupted due to the internment or military service.
In addition, the Board may retroactively grant a diploma to a deceased former student who satisfies the above conditions. The diploma shall be received by the deceased student's next of kin.
Students who complete all requirements for a high school diploma and demonstrate mastery of the curriculum in at least six subject matter areas may qualify for an honors diploma. Results from California Standards Test (CSTs) and/or Golden State Examinations (GSEs) students have taken in previous years may be used. When using CST results, students must have earned a scaled score of 370 or above. When using GSE results, students must have earned a performance level of recognition, honors, or high honors. The six examinations must include: U.S. History and Geography; English/language arts; mathematics; science; and two other exams of the student's choice.
At the beginning of each school year or at the time a student transfers into the district, the Board shall provide written notification to all students in grades 9-12 and to their parents/guardians that each student completing the 12th grade shall be required to successfully pass the state high school exit examination as a condition of graduation with a diploma. The notification shall include, at a minimum, the date of the examination, the requirements for passing the examination and the consequences of not passing the examination. (Education Code 48980, 60850)