Graduation Requirements

2018-2019 High School Program of Studies
Shawnee Mission Graduation Requirements

DISTRICT GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Students graduating in the class of 2019 must earn a minimum of 23 units of credit in grades 9-12.  For students graduating in 2020 and beyond, 23.5 units of credit in grades 9-12 will be required. (See Board Policy IHF).

The Shawnee Mission School District high school graduation requirements are designed to be completed in eight semesters. A candidate for graduation from this district must have been in attendance in the district during the last semester of his or her senior year. While it is possible to meet the graduation requirements in less than eight semesters, early graduation is not the intent of the district. It is strongly recommended that all students attend the full eight semesters.

UNITS OF CREDIT
A unit of credit represents the equivalent of a year’s work with a passing grade. A full-year course receives one unit of credit per period. A semester course receives a half unit of credit per period. Select courses offered at the Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) and TBD may earn one unit of credit per semester based on a double-block class time schedule.

CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS
Students attain grade level classification according to the number of course units earned and the number of years completed at the high school level in grades 9-12. Students are classified after the completion of the summer school session. 

GRADE
LEVEL

CLASS OF 2019
MINIMUM CREDITS EARNED

CLASS OF 2020 AND BEYOND MINIMUM CREDITS EARNED

Grade 9

0.00

0.00

Grade 10

5.50

5.50

Grade 11

11.00

11.50

Grade 12

16.00

16.50

*Students may be reclassified after first semester to grade 12 if they have attended at least 7 semesters in grades 9-12 and have earned 18.50 credits.

INDIVIDUAL PLAN OF STUDY
Early planning by each student toward a Four-Year Individual Plan of Study is very important. In planning what courses to take, the student must be continually aware of the need to fulfill the requirements for graduation. Students are also encouraged to investigate, with their coun-selors and/or parents, the requirements of the specific college or university they may wish to enter, taking that information into consideration in designing their Four-Year Individual Plan of Study. Counselors are a vital resource in this planning process. Counselors can provide an important service in helping students evaluate their interests, abilities, and goals.  They assist students in planning a program of selected courses that will best contribute to the fulfillment of their college and career goals.   Each student with the aid of the family and counselor will build their own individual plan of study.  Plans include interest inventories, surveys to identify college and career interests, a resume, and a four-year plan for each student’s course of study.  Students update these plans periodically, and we encourage parents and students to reference this information during the enrollment planning process.