Grad/Diploma Info

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The High School Course of Study

Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 389.018 describes the course of study in which all students will automatically be enrolled in:

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of mathematics, including algebra 1 and geometry
  • 3 years of science, including two laboratory courses
  • 3 years of social studies, including American government, American history and world history or geography)

Exceptions - Per NRS 389.018 and Board Policy 6600, students may be granted exceptions on a limited, case-by-case basis. Exceptions may be granted under the following conditions:

  • A special education student exempted via the IEP process.
  • A student who has transferred into a WCSD high school as a junior or senior and cannot earn the 4th mathematics or 3rd science credit during the school year in his/her remaining school years before graduation. Determination of whether a student can earn the fourth mathematics and/or third science credit will be made jointly in a conference with the student, parent, counselor, and principal or assistant principal within 10 days of enrollment.
  • If the student, the parent or legal guardian of the student and an administrator or a counselor at the school in which the student is enrolled mutually agree to a modified course of study for the student and that modified course of study satisfies at least the requirements for a standard high school diploma or an adjusted diploma, as applicable.

Required Courses for Graduation

WCSD Standard

  • English: 4.0
  • Math (Must include
    Algebra 1 & Geometry
    or equivalent): 3.0
  • Science: 2.0
  • American
    Government: 1.0
  • U.S. History: 1.0
  • World History/World
    Geography: 1.0
  • PE/HSROTC: 2.0
  • Arts/Humanities/CTE
    HSROTC/5-6/7-8: 1.0
  • Computer Literacy: 0.5
  • Health: 0.5
  • World Language: -0-
  • Electives: 6.5
  • TOTALS: 22.5
  • # of Honors Courses:
  • Required Cumulative GPA:

State Advanced

  • English: 4.0
  • Math (Must include
    Algebra 1 & Geometry
    or equivalent): 4.0
  • Science: 3.0
  • American
    Government: 1.0
  • U.S. History: 1.0
  • World History/World
    Geography: 1.0
  • PE/HSROTC: 2.0
  • Arts/Humanities/CTE
    HSROTC/5-6/7-8: 1.0
  • Computer Literacy: 0.5
  • Health: 0.5
  • World Language: -0-
  • Electives: 6.0
  • TOTALS: 24
  • # of Honors Courses:
  • Required Cumulative GPA:3.25

WCSD Honors

  • English: 4.0
  • Math (Must include
    Algebra 1 & Geometry
    or equivalent): ∆ 4.0
  • Science: † 3.0
  • American
    Government: 1.0
  • U.S. History: 1.0
  • World History/World
    Geography: 1.0
  • PE/HSROTC: 2.0
  • Arts/Humanities/CTE
    HSROTC/5-6/7-8: 1.0
  • Computer Literacy: 0.5
  • Health: 0.5
  • World Language: * 2.0
  • Electives: 4.0
  • TOTALS: 24
  • # of Honors Courses: 8
  • Required Cumulative GPA:3.40
  • *See Side Notes

*WCSD Honors Side Notes:

  • ∆ Algebra 1; Geometry or Formal Geometry; Algebra 2 (or their equivalents); plus 1 or more math class beyond Algebra 2
  • † Two credits must be in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  • * Two credits in the same world language

Nevada Assessments Required for Graduation

In order to graduate from a Nevada high school with a Standard, Advanced, or Honors diploma, a student must participate in and meet the minimum achievement level on the Nevada State high school assessments prescribed by law as diploma requirements for his/her respective graduating class.

Students who entered high school in the fall of 2013 and thereafter must participate in all required assessments pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes 390.600 and 390.610.

  • Students must meet the minimum achievement level on four end of course exams.  The minimum achievement level for the end of course exams is set by the Nevada State Board of Education, ranges from 1 to 4 (highest), and may differ by graduating class. For grad classes of 2017 and 2018, student participation in each exam or an achievement level of 1 on each exam meets the minimum achievement level required for the diploma. For grad classes of 2019 and later, an achievement level of 2 or higher on each end of course exam satisfies the minimum achievement level requirement for those tests.
    • End of Course exams for class of 2017, 2018, and 2019
      • Math 1 (Algebra)
      • Math II (Geometry)
      • English Language Arts I (Reading)
      • English Language Arts II (Writing)
    • End of Course exams for class of 2020 and later
      • Math 1 (Algebra)
      • Math II (Geometry)
      • English Language Arts (Reading, Writing and Listening)
      • Science (Life/Biology)
  • During their junior/11th grade year, students must participate in the college and career readiness assessment as prescribed by the Nevada State Board of Education.

Types of Diplomas and Endorsements Offered to WCSD Students

Standard Diploma

This student will have completed a minimum of 22.5 credits with all requirements met and will have passed the state assessment prescribed as a diploma requirement for his/her respective graduating class.

Advanced Diploma

This student will have completed a minimum of 24 credits, including all requirements for a standard diploma plus one additional credit of science (total 3 credits) and one additional credit of math (total 4 credits) with a minimum of 3.25 cumulative GPA (no rounding) including all credits applicable toward graduation, and will have passed the state assessment prescribed as a diploma requirement for his/her respective graduating class.

Adjusted Diploma

This student must be certified as a Special Education student. The student must have completed a minimum of 22.5 credits, but may not have completed all of the requirements for a Standard Diploma and/or may not have passed the state assessment prescribed as a diploma requirement for his/her respective graduating class. The student’s IEP will specify the conditions under which he/she will receive an Adjusted Diploma. A student who accepts an Adjusted Diploma may work toward a Standard Diploma until his/her 22nd birthday.

CTE Endorsement

A student who satisfies the requirements for graduation from high school and successfully completes an approved sequence of courses leading to a completion course in a career and technical education program area must be awarded a high school diploma with a CTE endorsement on the front (NAC 389.815, 389.800) if the pupil has maintained a 3.0 grade point average in all classes applicable to the course of study and passed the end-of-program assessments prescribed by the Nevada Department of Education. See http://cteae.nv.gov/ (click on Career & Technical Education, then CTE Course Catalog) for the current courses that comprise a course of study in each approved program area.

Nevada State Seal of Biliteracy

The Nevada State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given to high school graduates who have demonstrated proficiency in English and one or more world language.  An official Seal will be affixed to the high school diploma and the Seal of Biliteracy will appear on students’ official transcript with designation of the specific language(s).  Students can demonstrate world language proficiency by taking one of the various language assessments offered in the WCSD.

High School Equivalency or Adult Diploma

This high school does not issue an equivalency or adult diploma. For information about these programs, contact the Washoe RISE Academy for Adult Achievement at 775-337-9939.