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Graduation Requirements

Pass State Tests or Approved Alternatives to those Tests

Our state graduation requirements are designed to ensure students have a solid foundation of reading, writing, math and science skills, no matter the path they choose after high school.

To be eligible to graduate in Washington, high school students must: pass specific state exams, earn all required state credits and those required by their local school district, and successfully complete a high school and beyond plan. Students through the Class of 2014 must also complete a culminating project. Students in the Class of 2015 and beyond are not required to complete a culminating project due to a change in state law during the 2014 legislative session. 

Beginning with the class of 2013, students must earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement or Certificate of Individual Achievement, the latter being for students in special education. To learn more about the CAA/CIA.

In addition to passing state exams, students can meet their assessment graduation requirements by passing state-approved alternatives, or Certificate of Academic Achievement Options. To learn more about CAA Options.

Students who transfer into a public school from out of state or an in-state non-public setting (home school or private school) in 11th or 12th grade can immediately access the CAA options. To learn more about student transfer options.


Requirements to earn a high school diploma

   Updated 4/29/2014

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