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Synopsis of the Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2018 & 2019:

Credits required:  A minimum of 52 credits is required for graduation.

Courses required:  In order to meet the 52 credit minimum requirement, the following courses are required for graduation for the class of 2018 & 2019:

  1. Physical Education – four credits, one each in grades 9 – 12.

  2. Health – one credit.

  3. Financial Literacy - one credit. (Personal Finance or demonstration of mastery via an assessment, any Econ class)

  4. Science – six credits (must include successful completion of three semesters of Integrated Science and two semesters of Biology or their equivalents).

  5. Mathematics – six credits (must include successfully completing Algebra and Geometry or their equivalents).

  6. Humanities – three credits (Integration of World Studies and English).

  7. American Studies – three credits (Integration of American History and English).

  8. English – an additional 5 credits (must include successful completion of one semesters of a composition course, a semester of a literature course and one semester of a communications course).

  9. Understanding Social Systems, Civics or a Behavioral Science – one credit.

  10. Government – one credit.

  11. Social Studies – one additional credit.

Synopsis of the Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2020: 

Credits required:  A minimum of 52 credits is required for graduation.

Courses required:  In order to meet the 52 credit minimum requirement, the following courses are required for graduation for the class of 2020:

  1. Physical Education – four credits, one each in grades 9 – 12.

  2. Health – one credit.

  3. Financial Literacy - one credit. (Personal Finance or demonstration of mastery via an assessment)

  4. Science – six credits (must include successful completion of three semesters of Integrated Science and two semesters of Biology or their equivalents).

  5. Mathematics – six credits (must include successfully completing Algebra, Conceptual Math, and Geometry or their equivalents).

  6. Humanities – three credits (Integration of World Studies and English).

  7. American History – two credits.

  8. English – an additional 7 credits (must include successful completion of two semesters of English 10, one semester of a composition course, a semester of a literature course and one semester of a communications course).

  9. Behavioral Science – one credit.

  10. Government – one credit.

  11. Social Studies – one additional credit.

Synopsis of the Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021 & 2022:

Credits required:  A minimum of 52 credits is required for graduation.

Courses required:  In order to meet the 52 credit minimum requirement, the following courses are required for graduation for the class of 2021 & 2022:

  1. Physical Education – four credits, one each in grades 9 – 12.

  2. Health – one credit.

  3. Financial Literacy - one credit. (Personal Finance or demonstration of mastery via an assessment)

  4. Science – six credits (must include successful completion of three semesters of Integrated Science and two semesters of Biology or their equivalents).

  5. Mathematics – six credits (must include successfully completing Algebra, Conceptual Math, and Geometry or their equivalents).

  6. World Studies – two credits (or equivalents).

  7. American History – two credits.

  8. English – an additional 8 credits (must include successful completion of two semesters of English 9, one semester of Literacy, two semesters of English 10, one semester of a composition course, a semester of a literature course and one semester of a communications course).

  9. Behavioral Science – one credit.

  10. Government – one credit.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

In order to graduate from FDSH students must earn 52 credits including specific credits in Mathematics, Science, English, American Government, American History, World Studies, Physical Education, and Health.  A student may apply for graduation once he or she has fulfilled all requirements.

Transfer students in good standing at their previous school must assume the requirements at Fort Dodge Senior High School effective at the time of their transfer.  In order to receive a diploma from Fort Dodge Senior High, a student must complete a minimum of six credits of class work at FDSH. No limit has been placed on the number of credits that a student can earn from a department.  

An alternative education program may include but not be limited to online and competency-based courses, home schooling, and learning centers.

Students who have not successfully completed all requirements for graduation from FDSH, or have had disciplinary consequences, or outstanding fees/fines, will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.

The high school principal and the superintendent of school will evaluate all exceptional or unusual circumstances concerning graduation.

Credits earned at an alternative educational program will be evaluated by the curriculum coordinator and the high school principal and only accepted if they meet with their approval. Evaluation considerations will be made based on documentation of student performance or achievement, resource materials and activities used in instruction.

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