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.

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

Date Amended:  December 18, 2018