6:300 Graduation Requirements


To graduate from high school, unless otherwise exempted, each student is responsible for:

  1. Completing all District graduation requirements that are in addition to the State requirements.
  2. Completing all courses as provided in the School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27-22.
  3. Completing all minimum requirements for graduation as specified by Illinois State Board of Education rule, 23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.440.
  4. Passing an examination on patriotism and principles of representative government, proper use of the flag, methods of voting, and the Pledge of Allegiance.
  5. Participating in State Assessments that are required for graduation by the School Code 105 ILCS 5/2-3.64a-5(c).

The Superintendent or designee is responsible for:

  1. Maintaining a description of all course offerings that comply with the above graduation requirements.
  2. Notifying students and their parents/guardians of graduation requirements.
  3. Developing the criteria for determining when a student accomplishes #4 above.
  4. Complying with State law requirements for students who transfer during their senior year because their parent(s)/guardian(s) are on active military duty. This includes making reasonable adjustments to ensure graduation if possible, or efforts to ensure that the original (transferor) school district issues the student a diploma.
  5. Taking all other actions to implement this policy.

The following minimum requirements must be met by all students before being awarded a diploma of graduation:

The total of 26 credits must include these required courses:
.5 credit Speech
.5 credit Consumer Ed or equivalent
.5 credit Health
3.5 credits of Social Studies, of which one credit must be US/American History and one-half credit must be American Government/Civics
2.0 credits Science
3.5 credits English
3.0 credits Math
Enrolled in ½ credit of Physical Education for each semester at Batavia High School
1.0 credit selected from art, music, foreign language, or vocational education

Students may enroll in a maximum of 7 credits plus one credit of PE/Health per year at Batavia High School.  Additional credits may be requested on a space-available basis.

Transfer Credits Toward Graduation

A. In order to maintain the integrity of the high school diploma awarded by Batavia Public Schools, the following will apply to credits transferred to Batavia High School with the intent of meeting requirements for graduation. For this purpose, a resident will be considered a Batavia High School student when they enroll in their first course at Batavia High School.

1. Students at Batavia High School are limited to two (2) transfer credits that may be applied to graduation requirements.  Pre-approved dual credit courses taken at the community college and courses taken at accredited schools as part of a partnership agreement are not considered transfer credits.

2. Students wishing to receive a diploma from Batavia Public Schools meet the graduation requirements for their class. Exceptions may be made for students who transfer into or out of the District during their senior year or those participating in an approved foreign exchange program.

Transfer credit will be awarded through transcript review to determine equivalent credit applicable to the above requirements. Transfer students will be required to follow the transfer plan for required graduation credits. The following plan indicates credit needed to graduate based on the year in school in which a student enters Batavia High School.

Credits needed if students enter as a:

Senior  21
Junior  23
Sophomore  26
Freshman  26

B. A high school student’s first educational option is the curriculum offered through the regular high school program. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis for allowable variables.

C. Students may not begin earning qualifying high school graduation requirements until the first day of their 9th grade year.

Early Graduation

The Superintendent or designee shall implement procedures for students to graduate early, provided all graduation requirements are met.  No credits may be transferred in to meet graduation requirements for students wishing to graduate early unless there is a hardship circumstance.

Certificate of Completion

A student with a disability who has an Individualized Education Program prescribing special education, transition planning, transition services, or related services beyond the student’s 4 years of high school, qualifies for a certificate of completion after the student has completed 4 years of high school.  The student is encouraged to participate in the graduation ceremony of his or her high school graduation class.  The Superintendent or designee shall provide timely written notice of this requirement to children with disabilities and their parents/guardians.

Veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam Conflict

Upon application, an honorably discharged veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam Conflict will be awarded a diploma, provided that he or she:  (1) resided within an area currently within the District at the time he or she left high school, (2) left high school before graduating in order to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, and (3) has not received a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) diploma.

Cross Reference: 

6:030 Organization of Instruction

6:320 High School Credit for Proficiency

7:050 School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools

Legal Reference(s): 

105 ILCS 5/2-3.64, 5/22-27, 5/27-3, and 5/27-22.

23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.440.

Date Adopted: April 12, 2011

Date Amended: April 26, 2016