The Board of Education for the Salem R-80 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 Salem R-80 School
District, unless the stated exceptions apply. The student must:
1. Complete a total of 25 credits, including local requirements and credits required by the State
Board of Education.
2. Pass proficiency exams concerning American History, American Institutions, and the
Missouri and U.S. Constitutions.
3. Successfully complete a course of instruction of at least one (1) semester in length on the
institutions, branches and functions of the government of the state of Missouri, including
local governments, the U.S. government and the electoral process.
4. Have earned credit in the Salem R-80 School District's educational program between the
ninth and twelfth grades.
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).
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)
Two (2) units of credit from correspondence courses may be applied toward meeting
graduation requirements, excluding MoVIP.
3. The district will waive the requirement to pass proficiency exams concerning American
History, American Institutions, and the Missouri and U.S. 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 U.S. 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. 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 Salem R-80 School District recognizes units of credit obtained through accredited
schools, 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 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 is
located in another state or country, that school 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. For students in the graduating class of 2010 and
beyond, this advanced-standing credit may be counted toward meeting all graduation
requirements, including state minimum requirements.
4. Students who attend the vocational technical program at Rolla Technical Institute/Center
may have one-quarter (1/4) required graduation credit waived for each semester completed.
Total credits may not exceed one (1).
5. Students may earn a total of eight (8) credits through the credit recovery program.
6. Students may earn credit for a subject that has been embedded into another subject-area
course in accordance with guidelines established by DESE.
7. The district will award credit to students who can demonstrate mastery of competencies for
a particular course by successfully completing a district-approved mastery assessment tool.
8. Students may earn credit by other means as approved by the Board and in accordance with
Students will be awarded either a diploma or certificate of attendance 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 Salem R-80 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 Salem R-80 School District and the sending district will work with the
student to facilitate this alternative. If the sending district refuses to cooperate, the Salem R-80
School District will use best efforts to allow the student to graduate by the end of the senior year.
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
Last Revised: 10/28/2010
Cross Refs: JECC, Assignment of Students to Grade Levels/Classes
MSIP Refs: 6.3
Legal Refs: §§ 160.2000, 161.670, 167.019, 170.011, 171.171, RSMo.
5 C.S.R. 50-500.010
5 C.S.R. 60-100.020
Salem R-80 School District, Salem, Missouri
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