High School Graduation Requirements and Personal Learning Plan


Each high school student will develop a Personal Learning Plan which documents a minimum of 22 credits. The required courses for graduation are listed int he District Personal Learning Plan, along with the specific credits required for each content area. Students, along with their parents/guardians, should complete their Personal Learning Plan by selecting courses that fit their career plans and provides the greatest opportunity for individual success. Students who are not proficient in math or reading on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment may be restricted in course selections until proficiency is met.

Each year students will review the Personal Learning Plan with their school counselor during registration. Students can change the Personal Learning Plan as their career plans and academic needs change during high school.

Your high school transcripts will include all of the courses and grades you earn in your high school program. Your Personal Learning Plan should, first and foremost, assure that you receive your high school diploma.

The District Personal Learning Plan document includes special notations with * markings. Listed below is an explanation of these notations along with additional information on graduation requirements.
  • 1 With school and parent/guardian approval, a student may waive this course in favor of a more appropriate course. A student may waive Algebra II or Geometry; the student cannot waive both. A student is still required to take three credits of Math. If a student waives Chemistry or Physics, the student must still take three credits of Lab Sciences.
  • 2 Students will be required to take 0.5 credit of health at any time grades 6-12. A district may choose to integrate health across the curriculum at the middle or high school level in lieu of a stand-alone course. They will also be required to take one unit of the following (any combination): Approved Career & Technical Education, Capstone Experience or Service Learning, and/or World Language.
  • Core content credit may be earned through an approved Career and Technical course.
  • A student identified as limited English Proficient may be excused from taking required credits if the student's parent/guardian and school counselor/administrator agree and the waiver is documented.
  • Additional requirements for the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship are noted in the Frequently Asked Questions section or can be found at http://sdos.sdbor.edu/