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Graduation Requirements

For the Class of 2020 and beyond, the minimum number of credits to graduate from Mead High School is 24. Below is a chart that details the credits for college and career readiness.
 
 
Class of 2017, 2018 and 2019
The minimum number of credits to graduate from Mead High School is 22. Below is a chart that details the credits for college and career readiness.

[1] Students must have a minimum 1.0 grade point average
[2] Must be in Algebra II or higher
[3] Art credit may be earned through the following courses: Band, Choir, &/or Drama, Orchestra, Beginning Art, AP Studio Art, Jewelry &/or Ceramics, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architecture, or Digital Media
[4] Foundations of Innovation is a requirement for all ninth-grade students. This credit may also be earned, however, through the following courses: Introduction to Engineering or Principles of Biomedical Science
 
Students must also pass the state assessments in reading, writing, math and biology. Below is the state assessment information in detail.
 
State Assessments
Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA)
The state of Washington has adopted the Smarter Balance Assessment. These assessments will measure whether 10th, 11th and 12th graders are on track toward meeting Common Core State Standards. Most states, including Washington, have adopted the new standards to eliminate state-to-state disparities in education and to advance educational attainment in the nation overall. Mead High School tests all 10th and 11th grade students in ELA and math in the spring of each year, and passing these assessments are required for graduation.
 
At the same time, the state of Washington is phasing out both the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) and End of Course (EOC) math assessment as they phase in the Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA).
 
  • If a student has met a Reading or Writing standard through HSPE then that student has met a state assessment graduation requirement for ELA.
  • If a student has passed an Algebra or Geometry EOC test then that student has met a state assessment graduation requirement for math.
 
End of Course Exams (EOC) – Biology
Students in the classes of 2015 and beyond will be required to meet standard on an end-of-course assessment in biology.  This EOC will be administered in the spring of each school year.  If students are unsuccessful on their initial attempt, they will be able to take the EOC exam in January of each school year.
 
Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Must pass SBA ELA exam, or reading and writing exams through HSPE
  • Must pass either Algebra or Geometry EOC math assessments or the SBA math exam
  • Must pass the Biology EOC exam
 
Class of 2020 and beyond
  • Must pass SBA ELA and math exams
  • Must pass Biology EOC
 
Note: Students who attempt, and meet standard, on an end-of-course exam in 8th grade may count their score to fulfill this state graduation requirement.
 
 
Please contact your counselor if you have additional questions.