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Students must successfully complete the courses required by the Board and Iowa Department of Education in order to graduate.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that students complete grades one through twelve and that high school students complete 52 credits prior to graduation from Nevada High School or 38 credits in order to graduate from the Nevada Alternative Program.

The following credits will be required for graduation from Nevada High School:

Fine Arts/Vocational 2 credits (credits may be earned in either Fine Arts or Vocational or a combination of both)
Language Arts 8 credits (English 9 or Honors English 9), Essentials of Communication, Written Communications.  One credit  is required from each of the following areas:  Writing, Literature.
Mathematics 6 credits
Physical Education 4 credits (one credit per year unless waived)
Science 6 credits (Integrated Science and Biology are required)
Social Studies 6 credits (World History, American History, American Government and Psychology or Sociology are required)
Electives 20 Credits

The following credits will be required in order to  graduate from the Nevada Alternative Program:

Fine Arts/Vocational 2 credits
Language Arts  8 credits (6 General English, 1 Writing, 1 Literature)
Mathematics 6 credits
Physical Education  4 credits (May be waived or filled with Health credit)
Science 6 credits
Social Studies 6 credits (1 Government, 2 American History, 1 Psychology or Sociology, 2 Other)
Electives  6 Credits

The required courses of study will be reviewed by the board annually.

Prior to graduation, the district will advise students on how to successfully complete the free application for federal student aid.

Graduation requirements for special education students include successful completion of four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies and three years of science.

Students who complete a regular session in the Legislative Page Program of the general assembly at the state capitol will be credited ½ credit of social studies.

Students enrolled in a junior officers’ training corp will receive 1/8th physical education credit for each semester the student is enrolled in the program.

NOTE:  This is a mandatory policy.

Legal Reference:

Iowa Code §§ 256.7, 11, .41; 279.8; 279.61; 280.3, .14.
281 I.A.C. 12.3(5); 12.5

Cross Reference:

505 Student Scholastic Achievement

603.3 Special Education

Approved: July 1, 1989

Reviewed: June 17, 2024

Revised: August 7, 2023