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All students must earn 40 credits total to earn a high school diploma. The following areas have specific requirements:

  • English language arts: four years x two credits a year = eight credits
  • Math: three years x two credits a year = six credits
    • Completion of algebra 2 is required, beginning with the class of 2022
  • Science: three years x two credits a year = six credits
    • One year each of earth science, life science (biology) and physical science
  • Social studies: three years x two credits a year = six credits
    • One year each of world history and U.S. history; one semester each of economics and government
  • Physical education: four years x one credit a year = four credits
  • Elective courses: 10 credits

Please see the CRCSD program of studies for detailed information on available courses.

All students must meet PE requirements in one of the following ways:

  • Take a daily physical education class for one semester only
  • Earn PE credit through participation in marching band or show choir (Rhythmic Movement)
  • Complete an online health class over the course of one semester

College prep recommendations

Over 80% of all Washington graduates pursue a degree beyond high school. Approximately 50% of graduates enroll directly in a four-year college. Many begin at a community college and eventually transfer to a four-year institution.

A general plan for meeting minimum college entrance requirements is shown below. Some colleges will have requirements in addition to those listed.

  • English language arts: four years
  • Math: three years (Including completion of algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2)
  • Science: three years (Including completion of two years of lab science courses such as biology, chemistry, or physics)
  • Social studies: three years (Including completion of world history, U.S. history, and economics and government)
  • World language: two years study of one language

Dropping a course

A student may only drop a course with the approval of a responsible adult. Each student dropping a class must do the following:

  • Meet with their counselor to discuss how the number of hours remaining on your schedule will be spent
  • Meet with their teacher and return all books and materials checked out
  • Secure signatures from the student’s counselor, teacher, attendance office, and parent/guardian
  • All students in ninth and 10th grades must be enrolled in seven classes and cannot drop a course for a study hall

Additionally, there are three deadlines to know about when dropping a course.

  • If the drop occurs between days one through 10 of the semester, there is no record of the course on the student’s transcript
  • If the drop occurs between days 11 through 45 of the semester, there is a “W” for withdrawn on the student’s transcript. A grade of “W” carries no credit and is not figured into the GPA. The student will be reassigned to study hall or an open hour if they are a senior
  • If the drop occurs day 46 and beyond, the student receives a “W” if they are passing the course at the time of the drop or an “F” if they are failing the course at the time of the drop. Students may drop a course up until the week of final exams. The student will be reassigned to study hall or an open hour if they are a senior

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

A student may choose one elective course per year to be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. The criteria applied to all courses taken as satisfactory/unsatisfactory is as follows:

  • Written parental approval is required
  • Students must visit their school counselor for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory request form
  • Satisfactory/unsatisfactory requests must be made within 20 school days of the start of the semester
  • Students must complete all course expectations as if they were receiving a grade. Taking a class S/U (or pass/fail) will, at the completion of the semester, record the letter grade as an S with appropriate credit for a passing grade of D- or higher, and a U with no credit for a failing grade. A letter grade will remain on Infinite Campus throughout the duration of the semester and the S/U option will take effect after grades are posted on transcripts
  • Courses that are taken as satisfactory/unsatisfactory will not be used to compute grade point and/or class rank nor will they be computed for academic honors
  • Students with a failing grade who receive a U will still be subject to activity and athletic eligibility penalties, just as if a grade of F were recorded
  • Classes that do not qualify:
    • Any course required to meet content area graduation requirements (exception: PE courses)
    • Advanced placement courses
  • Driver education may be taken as satisfactory/unsatisfactory without it counting towards a student’s one satisfactory/unsatisfactory course