506.5 - Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete the courses required by the board and Iowa Department of Education in order to graduate. 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that students complete grades one through twelve and that high school students complete 52 credits prior to graduation.  The following credits will be required:

  • Language Arts

8 credits

  • Science

6 credits, including Biology and Physical Science

  • Mathematics

6 credits, including Algebra I (or Algebra A and Algebra B)

  • Social Studies

6 credits (1 semester of Economics, 1 semester of Government, 1 year of American (U.S.) History, 1 semester of World Area Studies, and 1 additional semester of electives)

  • Fine Arts

1 credit (Music, Art, etc.)

  • Physical Education

4 credits (required every semester with 1 credit per year being given in grades 9-12).  Students in grade twelve may be excused from physical education by the principal if requested in writing by the parent and if:

  1. The student is enrolled in a cooperative or work study program or other educational program authorized by the school which requires the students to leave the school premises during the school day, or
  2. The academic course is not available to the student.
  • Vocational/Career Area

2 credits (Business, Ag, Computer, Industrial Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, or MOC)

  • Electives

Sufficient credits to meet 52-credit requirement

The required courses of study will be reviewed by the board annually.

In addition to traditional science classes that will meet the requirement of the third year of science credit, such as Chemistry and Physics, the passing the following courses will meet the requirement:  Principles of Technology, Electricity, Agribusiness III, Horticulture, Environmental Studies, and Science, Technology, and Society.

Graduation requirements for special education students will be in accordance with the prescribed course of study as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Each student’s IEP will include a statement of the projected date of graduation starting with the IEP covering the time span in which the student turns 14 years of age and the criteria to be used in determining whether graduation will occur.  Prior to the special education student’s graduation, the IEP team will determine whether the graduation criteria have been met.



Approved August 27, 2018    
Reviewed August 27, 2018    
Revised August 27, 2018