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Graduation Requirements

MSSD students are expected to graduate with a diploma and pursue postsecondary goals. Two types of diplomas are available: standard and merit.

All students, regardless of the type of diploma or certificate they earn, must meet the following graduation requirements:

  • 36 hours of community service
  • Senior year internship experience
  • Annual portfolio
  • Senior Project

STANDARD DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

Cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or above.

Course credit requirements:

  • English 4
  • Mathematics 3
  • Science 3
  • Social Studies 3
  • Physical Education: 1 credit, including the following:

PE ½
Health ½
Swimming Test

  • Elective Courses: 3 credits, including the following:

Arts ½
Technology ½ (skills/knowledge aligned with standards OR complete computer course)
Deaf Studies ½ (skills/knowledge aligned with standards OR complete Deaf Studies course)

PLUS:

  • Minimum reading and math competencies
  • Reading: Eighth grade (if between fifth and eighth grade, the literacy level will be indicated on the transcript)
  • Math: Algebra I

MERIT DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS
Cumulative GPA must be 3.0 or above.

Course credit requirements:

  • English 4
  • Mathematics 4
  • Science 4
  • Social Studies 4
  • Physical Education: 1, including the following:

PE ½
Health ½
Swimming Test

  • Elective courses: 3 credits including the following:

Technology ½ (skills/knowledge aligned with standards OR complete computer course)
Deaf Studies ½ (skills/knowledge aligned with standards OR complete Deaf Studies course)
Arts ½

PLUS:

  • Minimum reading and math competencies
  • Reading: tenth grade
  • Math: Geometry or Algebra II

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

The Certificate of Completion is not a diploma. When a student has completed the high school course requirements for graduation but has further transition needs, the student's IEP team may elect to use a certificate. Meeting the requirements for a certificate will entitle the student to participate in graduation activities, but does not end the student's right to a free appropriate public education.

Students earning certificates will have transition plans in their IEPs that specify linkages with adult services that will assist with employment or postsecondary training. The student may choose to continue pursuing a diploma and will receive a diploma once all diploma requirements are met.

To earn a certificate of completion, the student must meet all IEP goals, maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, and earn the following credits:

  • English 4
  • Mathematics 3
  • Health ½
  • Additional academic coursework as specified in the IEP