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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 


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 implementation.


Requirements


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 to graduation.


Exceptions

 

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) above.

 

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.


Earning Credit

 

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 credit.

 

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.


Diplomas


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 related information.

 

Adopted:         01/14/1988

 

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


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