Title: Graduation Guidelines
Adopted: June 1, 2012
Last Revised: September 1, 2014
The intent of the system of Learning Results is that all students meet the applicable content standards, as well as any local requirements, in order to receive a high school diploma. Maine Department of Education regulations recognize that individual students may take fewer or more than the traditional four years to complete diploma requirements, and that some requirements can be met by programs or plans provided outside the regular course of study.
Any such programs or plans must support students in meeting the content standards of the Learning Results required for graduation.
- Exceptional Students
The student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan shall address how diploma requirements will be met. Students who successfully meet the content standards of the Learning Results as specified in the goals and objectives of the IEPs will be awarded diplomas.
- External Courses
With prior approval of the principal, guidance counselor, and parent/legal guardian, a student may enroll in external courses that support the student in meeting the content standards of the Learning Results. Examples of such courses include individual tutoring, adult education, on-line or correspondence courses, internships, and college courses.
- Transfer Students
When a high school student transfers from another state or from an educational program that is not required to meet the standards of the system of Learning Results, the principal shall determine the value of the prior educational experience toward meeting the standards through the local assessment system.
- Early Awarding of Diplomas
A student who meets the applicable content standards of the Learning Results and completes the school unit’s additional requirements in fewer than four years may be awarded a diploma early. Any student interested in pursuing this option must schedule a meeting with his/her parent/legal guardian and his/her guidance counselor to review the requirements and prepare a plan. The student’s plan must be approved by the principal, guidance counselor, and the student’s parents.
- Extended Study
A high school student is eligible for extended years of study to complete the requirements of a diploma if he/she has not reached the age of 20 at the start of the school year. An individual student plan will be developed by the principal/designee.
F. Delayed Awarding of Diplomas
A high school student who last attended Portland Public Schools, who has satisfactorily completed the freshman year in an accredited degree-granting institution of higher education may receive a diploma, although the student does not meet all diploma requirements specified in Maine Department of Education Chapter 127. Such decisions shall be made at the discretion of the Superintendent.
G. Certificates for Students Not Meeting the Content Standards
If a student leaves Portland Public Schools without meeting the standards of the system of Learning Results, the School Board may award a certificate stating the student’s participation in the educational program for a specified number of years, as well as any record of achievements.
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