The District requires its high school students to earn at least 24 course credits in order to graduate from high school. These include four credits of English, mathematics, social studies and science, two credits of world languages, 1.5 credits of health and physical education, half a credit of music and half a credit of art. At least two credits must be earned in approved college or career preparatory courses, and students must complete 100 hours of community service. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) provides more information regarding graduation requirements.
Note: Some charter schools have additional graduation requirements. Be sure to confirm the graduation requirements of your child’s school prior to enrollment.
Accommodations for Children of Military Families
Upon adopting the Interstate Compact of Educational Opportunity for Military Children, each LEA in the District is expected to make the following accommodations for children in military families to ensure they graduate on time:
- Waive specific courses required for graduation if similar course work has been satisfactorily completed in another local education agency.
- Provide an alternative means for the student to acquire the required coursework on time if a waiver is not granted.
- Accept exit or end-of-course exams required for graduation from the sending state.
- Ensure the receipt of a diploma from the sending local education agency if the student meets the graduation requirements of the sending local education agency after all alternatives have been considered.
If you have any questions regarding graduation requirements in the District and accommodations for your child, please contact Daniel Dunham, School Liaison Officer for Washington, DC, at (202) 433-2566.