The Board of Education for the Belton No. 124 School District establishes the following graduation
policy and instructs the administration to develop all necessary procedures for proper
A student must meet the following requirements in order to graduate from the Belton No. 124 School
District, unless one of the stated exceptions apply. The student must:
1. Complete a total of 26 credits, including credits required by the State Board of Education.
2. Pass proficiency exams concerning American History, American Institutions, and the
Missouri and the United States Constitutions.
3. Successfully complete a course of instruction of at least one semester in length on the
institutions, branches and functions of the government of the state of Missouri, including
local governments, the United States government and the electoral process.
4. Meet the minimum state standards plus successfully complete all academy requirements if
attending the Belton Academy.
5. Have earned a minimum of four credits in the Belton No. 124 School District's educational
program between the ninth and twelfth grades, and be enrolled for the entire semester prior
1. Graduation requirements for a student with a disability receiving special education services
pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) may be determined
according to the student's individualized education program (IEP).
Special education students in grade 12 who meet the requirements of at least 12 years of
school enrollment and complete the requirements of their IEP as indicated by the IEP team
will receive all graduating privileges accorded other students, including a regular diploma.
Transcripts and permanent record cards will show enrollment in special education classes.
2. Students transferring from another accredited Missouri school as a junior or senior who
cannot reasonably complete the district's requirements may be permitted to graduate based
on the successful completion of a program of studies that would have met the graduation
requirements at the school formerly attended, including the requirements of (2) and (3)
3. The district may waive the requirement to pass proficiency exams concerning American
History, American Institutions, and the Missouri and United States Constitutions for students
who transfer from another state if they can document the successful completion of a course
of instruction in the institutions, branches and functions of state government, including local
governments, the United States government and the electoral process. Such instruction must
have been completed in grades nine through twelve.
4. Students who transfer from another state or country or an unaccredited private, public or
home school and who are placed in the ninth grade will be required to meet all established
graduation requirements. If such a student is placed in the tenth grade or higher, the district
will work with the student and the parents/guardians to develop a program of studies that will
result in graduation if successfully completed.
5. Graduation requirements for foster care students will be modified or waived in accordance
with law and Board policy.
6. Eligible students who successfully complete the Missouri Option Program (formerly the
GED Option Program) will be awarded a high school diploma.
1. The superintendent or designee is directed to assign credit values for courses offered by or
through the school district and to develop formulas and procedures for awarding credit to
transfer students who transfer from a district that uses a different standard for awarding
2. The Belton No. 124 School District recognizes units of credit obtained through accredited
schools and school districts, including credits earned through correspondence courses or
courses delivered primarily through electronic media, such as satellite video, cable video or
computer-driven or online courses. For the purposes of this policy, an "accredited school"
is the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP); a private agency where students with
disabilities are placed by a public school; or any school or school district accredited by the
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), the Independent Schools Association of the
Central States (ISACS) or the University of Missouri Committee on Accredited Schools
Non-Public (CAS). If a school or school district is located in another state or country, that
school or school district must be accredited by that state's or country's department of
education, NCA, ISACS or the equivalent agencies.
3. Students may earn advanced-standing credit by successfully completing high-school level
courses prior to entering the ninth grade. Advanced-standing credit may be counted toward
meeting all graduation requirements, including state minimum requirements.
4. The district may waive one unit of academic credit in communication arts, math, science or
social studies, whichever is most appropriate, for students who successfully complete an
eligible three-unit career/technical program.
5. Students may earn credit for a subject that has been embedded into another subject-area
course in accordance with guidelines established by DESE.
Students will be awarded a diploma in accordance with this policy and as permitted by law.
A student in the household of an active duty member of the military, including some veterans who
are deceased or injured as defined by law, who transfers to the Belton No. 124 School District from
another state at the beginning of or during his or her senior year who will not meet the graduation
requirements of the district by the end of the senior year will receive a diploma from the sending
school district if the student is able to meet the graduation requirements of the sending district.
Representatives from the Belton No. 124 School District and the sending district will work with the
student to facilitate this alternative. If the sending district refuses to cooperate, the Belton No. 124
School District will use best efforts to allow the student to graduate by the end of the senior year.
Foster care students will be awarded a diploma in accordance with law and Board policy.
Students who complete the district's graduation requirements while under the jurisdiction of the
juvenile court will be awarded a high school diploma even if the student completes the requirements
in a different school district.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Revised: 01/10/2002; 02/26/2004; 06/11/2009; 05/27/2010; 07/11/2013
Cross Refs: JECC, Assignment of Students to Grade Levels/Classes
MSIP Refs: 6.3
Legal Refs: §§ 160.1990, .2000, 161.670, 167.019, 170.011, 171.171, RSMo.
5 C.S.R. 20-100.230
5 C.S.R. 20-500.330
Belton No. 124 School District, Belton, Missouri
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