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Policy 600.01 – Graduation Requirements

POLICY NUMBER:
600.01

ADOPTED: 
9.19.2023

Board Policy

  1. The Board of Education believes setting high expectations for students will enable them to increase their capacities and further prepare them for college and career. The Board of Education acknowledges and accepts its duty to implement core standards for instruction and graduation requirements as outlined in Utah state law (See, Utah Code §53G-4-402).   Specifically, the Board of Education claims and exercises its statutory authority to firmly establish high expectations for Canyons students in the form of differentiated diplomas to encourage course-taking patterns, programs of study, and additional credits beyond the State of Utah’s minimum requirements to encourage excellence and academic achievement.  
  2. The Board of Education exercises its statutory authority to determine courses and programs of study eligible for credit towards graduation.
  3. To assist CSD High schools in meeting these objectives, the Board directs the District Administration to develop a Canyons School District High School Course Catalog and Credit Guidelines Handbook for use by school administrators, counselors, and other guidance personnel to supervise granting of credit, qualification for graduation, and course selection.
  4. The Board of Education authorizes the District Administration to develop Administrative Regulations consistent with this policy, subject to review and approval by the Board of Education.

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION:
600.01-1

APPROVED: 
9.19.2023

Graduation and Credit Requirements - 600.01-1

Graduation Requirements:

To graduate from a Canyons School District high school, a student must:

  1. Earn credits designated by the Utah State Board of Education and the Canyons District Board of Education.
  2. Complete all graduation requirements prior to the beginning of the next school year.
    1. Meeting graduation requirements entitles a student to receive a diploma but does not necessarily entitle a student to participate in commencement.
    2. Commencement exercises are under the direction of and administered by the local high school.

Canyons School District Differentiated Diplomas:  

The Canyons School District Differentiated Diplomas encourage student to take rigorous coursework and meet national benchmarks that reflect college- and career-readiness.

  1. The Canyons Standard Diploma: A Canyons Standard Diploma requires a student complete all requirements set forth by the Utah State Education and Canyons School District (See, Exhibit—1).
  2. The Canyons Advanced Diploma: The Canyons Advanced Diploma requires students to complete the credits of the Canyons Standard Diploma, prescribed coursework and a minimum G.P.A. requirement (See, Exhibit—1).
  3. The Canyons Honors Diploma: The Canyons Honors Diploma requires students to complete the requirements of the Canyons Advanced Diploma, and in addition attain College Readiness Benchmarks Scores on the ACT college-entrance exam and a minimum G.P.A. requirement (See, Exhibit—1).  
  4. The Canyons Basic Diploma: This diploma is available for extenuating circumstances upon administrative approval.   Students earning this diploma must complete all required core curriculum credit requirements (See, Exhibit—2).
  5. The Canyons Alternate Diploma: This diploma is available for students with significant cognitive disabilities who are still accessing core standards through the essential elements. Students earning this diploma must complete all required core curriculum credit requirements or those substitutions, exemptions, and modifications currently allowable under the Utah State Special Education credit guidelines (See, Exhibit—3).
  6. Certificate of Completion:  Means a certificate that may be awarded to a special education student who: (1) has completed the student’s senior year; (2) is exiting or aging out of the school system; and (3) has not met all state or District requirements for a diploma (e.g., Canyons Alternative Diploma; Canyons Regular High School Diploma) as determined by the IEP team.
    1.  Canyons District may not withhold a regular high school diploma from a student who has met State graduation requirements.  
    2. The term “regular high school diploma’ does not include an alternative degree that is not fully aligned with the State’s academic standards, such as a certificate or a GED.  

Awarding Credit:

  1. Credit is awarded on the basis of a student’s participation, mastery of subject matter, and/or attainment of skills. Credit is granted for courses taken in grades 9-12, beginning in the summer prior to ninth grade.
  2. Canyons School District secondary schools will accept credit and grades awarded to a student by any public or private educational source that is accredited or recognized by the Utah State Office of Education, the Northwest Accreditation Commission or that is associated as a member of the International Council of School Accreditation Commissions. (Utah Admin. Code R277-705-3).

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION:
600.01-2

APPROVED: 
9.19.2023

CSD High School Course Catalog and Credit Guidelines Handbook - 600.01-2

  1. For additional information please refer to the CSD High School Course Catalog and Credit Guidelines Handbook.

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Document History

Revised. – 9.19.2023.  Policy–600.01–Graduation Requirements is updated to add a Certificate of Completion for a special education student that has completed the student’s senior year; is exiting or aging our of the school system; and (3) has not met all state or District requirements for a diploma.  

Revised. – 5.4.2021.  Policy–600.01–Graduation Requirements is updated to add an additional diploma consistent with state law for special education students. The diploma is available for students with significant cognitive disabilities who are still accessing core standards through the essential elements. Students earning this diploma must complete all required core curriculum credit requirements or those substitutions, exemptions, and modifications currently allowable under the Utah State Special Education credit guidelines.
 
Adopted. – 3.15.2016.

This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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