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), Oral, 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 (Physical Science and Biology are required)
Social Studies 6 credits (World History, American History, and American Government are required)
Financial Literacy  1 credit (must complete one term of a financial literacy course)
Electives 19 Credits
Must complete CPR Course that could lead to certification in CPR

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, 3 Other)
Financial Literacy 1 credit (must complete one term of a financial literacy course)
Electives  5 Credits
Must complete CPR Course that could lead to certification in CPR

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

Graduation requirements for special education students will be in accordance with the prescribed course of study as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Each student’s IEP will include a statement of the projected date of graduation at least 18 months in advance of the projected date and the criteria to be used in determining whether graduation will occur.  Prior to the special education student’s graduation, the IEP team will determine whether the graduation criteria have been met.


Approved: July 1, 1989

Reviewed: June 14, 2001

Revised: June 13, 2016