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Graduation Requirements

Steps to Graduation

Graduating high school is universally accepted as a critical step to a bright future. Among other things, high school graduates*:

  • are more likely to be employed, make higher taxable income, and aid in job generation
  • earn a national average of $8,000 more annually compared to high school dropouts

The Renton School District requires 4 components for high school graduation.

Step 1 Complete minimum credit requirements

  • Because of the transition from semesters to trimesters, see minimum credits below
Graduation Requirements
Subject Class of 2021 and Beyond-Standard Class of 2021 and beyond Personalized Pathway*
English/Language Arts 4 4
Mathematics 3 3
Science (including 1 lab) 3 3
Social Studies 3 3
Health and Fitness 2 2
Arts 2 1
World Language 2 0
Personalized Pathway*  0 3
Career and Tech Edu. 1 1
Electives 4 4
Additional elective 2 2
Total Credits 26 26

*Personalized Pathway Requirements: Three credits of coursework that lead to a specific post-high school career outcome chosen by the student, based on the student's interest and High School and Beyond Plan.

Step 2 Complete Career and College Readiness Assessments or Course Options

More information on graduation requirements.

Step 3 Complete a High School and Beyond Plan

  • All students must develop a High School and Beyond Plan showing how they will meet the high school graduation requirements and what they will do following high school. A student’s plan starts in middle school and is revised as he/she moves forward through high school.
  • Exact requirements differ by high school. Check with your counselor for details.
  • Minimum required elements of the High School and Beyond Plan are:
    • Begins in 7th or 8th grade
    • Identification of career goals based on a career interest and skills inventory or assessment
    • Identification of educational goals
    • A four-year course plan that fulfills graduation requirements and aligns with career and educational goals
    • A resume or activity log by the end of twelfth grade that provides a written compilation of student’s education, any work experience, and any community service

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Links to WA State graduation information*

OSPI Graduation Requirements
OSPI Graduation Toolkit
WA State Board of Education Graduation Requirements Class of 2020

*While the above links may provide helpful background information, remember that students must meet local Renton School District requirements in order to graduate.