Friday Harbor High School Graduation Requirements



    Required Credits 

    Required Credits for Graduation

    1. English 9, English 10, and one semester of Senior Analytical Writing or one year of AP English during senior year are required.
    2. Integrated III (Algebra 2) can be replaced by another math class. Colleges prefer that students take math through precalculus.
    3. 1.0 credit of each World History, US History, and American Government are required Social Studies classes. WA State History Requirement must be met.
    4. 2.0 credits of Foreign Language and 1.0 credit of Visual and Performing Arts can be replaced based on student’s High School and Beyond Plan.
    5. Includes required Community Project Class in Grade 11.
    6. 5 credit of Exercise & Health is required (and is strongly recommended to be taken during 9th or 10th grade). “Sports Option” can be used for the remaining 1.5 credits.
    7. Running Start and transfer students may substitute an elective credit for Advisory credit as appropriate.


    High School and Beyond Plan 

    Within the first year of high school enrollment, each student shall develop a plan for satisfying the state and district’s high school graduation requirements and for their first year after high school completion.  The plan will be developed in 9th grade English class.  The plan should include how the student will satisfy the district’s academic credit requirements, and the student’s goals for the year following graduation.  Each student plan should be reviewed annually at student led conferences to assess student progress, to adjust the plan, and to advise the student on steps necessary for successful completion of the plan.


    Senior Exhibition 

    During their high school career, each student shall complete a senior exhibition. The project shall demonstrate the student’s ability to think analytically, logically, and creatively and to integrate experience and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems. The project will also have a connection to the world of work in that it will demonstrate that the student understands the importance of work and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities. Students will complete written academic reflections and deliver a 20-25 minute presentation.


    Graduation Pathway

    Students must meet one of these graduation pathway options:

    • State Assessment: Meet or exceed the graduation scores in the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics or in WA-AIM (Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement).
    • Dual Credit: Earn at least one high school credit in ELA and at least one high school credit in math in dual credit courses (Running Start, College in the High School, and/or Career and Technical Education dual credit courses).
    • AP/IB/Cambridge: For both ELA and math, earn a 3 or higher on certain Advanced Placement (AP) exams or a 4 or higher on certain International Baccalaureate (IB) exams or an E on certain Cambridge International exams, or pass the course with at least a C+.
    • SAT/ACT: Meet or exceed the graduation scores set by SBE in the math and ELA portions of the SAT or ACT.
    • Transition Course: Pass a transition course in ELA and math (for example, a Bridge to College course) which allows a student to place directly into a credit-bearing college level course.
    • Combination: Meet any combination of at least one ELA and one math option of those options listed in 1-5.
    • ASVAB: Meet standard on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) by scoring at least the minimum established by the military for eligibility to serve in a branch of the armed services.*
    • CTE Sequence: Complete a sequence of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.*

    *Note: Students who pursue these pathways (ASVAB or CTE) do not need to meet English and math requirements separately. English and math content are embedded in both pathways—and a student who meets either the ASVAB standard or the CTE pathway requirements has met the graduation pathway requirement.