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Credit Requirements

Washington requires public high school students to complete a minimum number of credits to graduate. Many local school districts, however, require students to earn credits beyond the state minimum. Students must fulfill all requirements of their local district to be eligible to graduate.

The chart below shows the state-required minimum number of credits students need, by year of expected graduation (also known as “Class.”) A student’s Class is determined by the year he or she entered 9th grade. For example, a student who entered 9th grade in the fall of 2015 is the “Class of 2019.” 

Please visit the State Board website for more details on the requirements listed below.

Washington State Minimum Credit Requirements



Class of 2015 Classes of 2016-2018 Class of 2019 and Beyond
English 3 4 4
Mathematics 3 3 3
Science 2 2 3
Social Studies** 2.5 3 3
Arts 1 1 2
Health and Fitness 2 2 2
Career and Technical Education 1 1 1
Electives 5.5 4 4

World Language or Personalized Pathway Requirement

0 0 2
Total Required Credits 20 20

(Up to 2 credits can be waived locally based on a student's unusual circumstances.)