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With the implementation of Maine’s system of Learning Results, the MSAD #11 Board recognizes the need to establish minimum standards for the awarding of a high school diploma that are consistent with State law and regulations and with community educational values and expectations.
The Superintendent, through the high school principal or other designee, shall be responsible for making accurate information concerning diploma requirements available to incoming students and their parents prior to the start of their ninth grade school year. A copy of this policy will be disseminated to all incoming ninth grade students at the time of course selection. This policy will also be included in every edition of the high school student handbook.
The MSAD #11 Board has approved this schedule of minimum requirements for graduation.
In order for a student to be considered a full time student at Gardiner Area High School he/she must be enrolled and actively participating in a minimum of five credits per semester. Students must accumulate a total of twenty-two (22) Carnegie units to graduate. It is recommended that students focus on scheduling and completing the following courses, which are required of all students for graduation, prior to scheduling elective courses.
• 4 credits of English (Grade 9, Grade 10, American Literature)
• 3 credits of Social Studies (World History, U.S. History, American Studies)
• 3 credits of Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
• 3 credits of Science (Investigating Science, Biology, ½ credit in Chemistry & ½
credit in Physics)
* Students who take AP Biology, Lab Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Lab Physics, and/or Exploring Engineering will need to successfully complete both part I & part II of the course(s) in order to meet the graduation requirement. *
• 1 credit of Fine Arts
• 1/2 credit of Health
• 1 credit of Wellness (Wellness I and Wellness II)
• 1 credit of Career Essentials (Career Preparation, Life & Work or Jobs for Maine’s Graduates)
• 60 hours of Community Service (15 hours per year of attendance at GAHS)
The Board recognizes that Maine law provides that a secondary school may award a high school diploma, provided that certain requirements are met, to a person who left secondary school before graduating to serve in the Armed Forces during World War II or in the Korean Conflict, or to serve in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam Era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975).
The Board authorizes the Superintendent to develop and implement procedures regarding applications for diplomas, including timelines, and for determining whether veterans have met the criteria established by law. The Superintendent may also determine the time and manner in which a veteran’s diploma may be presented.
Legal References: Title 20-A MRSA § 4722, 6202-A
Ch. 125, 127, 131 (Maine Department of Education Rules)
Commissioner's Information Letter #25-11/15/2002
Cross References: IKFA - Early Graduation
ILA - Tests and Assessment
IKE – Promotion, Retention and Acceleration of Students
Adopted: March 7, 1985
Revised: August 1986; May 1994; April 1995; May 1995; April 1996; March 2004; May 3, 2012