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Descriptor Code: IHF(6)
Graduation Requirements - Entering Fall 2008-09 and thereafter  
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This policy specifies graduation requirements for students enrolling in the ninth grade for the first time during the 2008-2009 school year and subsequent years.

The Candler Board of Education (“the Board”) shall provide secondary school curriculum and instructional and support services that reflect the high school graduation and state assessment requirements and assist all students in developing their unique potential to function in society.

To be eligible for graduation with a secondary school credential as defined in the State Board of Education (SBOE) Rule 160-4-2-.48, High School Graduation Requirements for Students Enrolling in the Ninth Grade for the First Time in the 2008-09 School Year and Subsequent Years, students must successfully complete selected courses specified in the SBOE rule and satisfy additional requirements specified in this policy.

To be eligible for participation in graduation ceremonies, students must have completed all requirements for a diploma and all state assessment requirements. Students who earn a high school certificate are not allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.

Students who enroll from another state must meet the graduation requirements for the graduating class they enter and the state assessment requirements as referenced in State Board Rule 160-3-1-.07, Testing Programs - Student Assessment.

Students who enroll in the ninth grade for the first time during the 2008-2009 school year and then withdraw, must meet the graduation requirements specified in this policy and the assessment requirements specified in State Board Rule 160-3-1-.07, Testing Programs - Student Assessment.

The Board shall make available to all students the required areas of study.

A course shall count only once for satisfying any unit of credit requirement for graduation.  See the following chart:


 Units Required


(I) English/Language Arts*


(II) Mathematics*


(III) Science*


The 4th Science unit may be used to meet both the science and elective requirement.

(IV) Social Studies*


(V) CTAE and/or Modern Language/Latin and/or Fine Arts


(VI) Health and Physical Education**


(VII) Electives




(VIII) Additional locally required or elective units  




*Required Courses and/or Core Courses

**Three (3) units of credit in JROTC may be used to satisfy this requirement.

*** A concentration of three (3) courses in a designated pathway will be required for the 2009-2010 1st time 9th graders.


  1. Unit credit shall be awarded only for courses that include concepts and skills based on the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for grades 9-12 or those approved by the SBOE.  Unit credit may be awarded for courses offered in the middle grades that meet 9-12 GPS requirements.  The Individualized Education Program (IEP) shall specify whether core courses taken as part of an IEP shall receive core unit credit.
  2. No course credit may be awarded for courses in which instruction is based on the GPS curriculum for grades K-8.
  3. Completion of diploma requirements does not necessarily qualify students for the HOPE Scholarship Program.



A unit of credit for graduation shall be awarded to students only for successful completion of state-approved courses of study based on a minimum of 150 clock-hours of instruction provided during the regular school year, 135 clock-hours of instruction in an approved block schedule during the regular school year, or a minimum of 120 clock-hours of instruction in summer school.


Students with significant cognitive disabilities may graduate and receive a regular high school diploma when the student’s IEP team determines that the student has:

(a)   Completed an integrated curriculum based on the GPS that includes instruction in Mathematics, English/Language Arts, Science and Social Studies as well as career preparation, self determination, independent living and personal care to equal a minimum of 23 units of instruction, and

(b)   Participated in the GAA during middle school and high school and earned a proficient score on the high school GAA test, and

(c)   Reached the 22nd birthday OR has transitioned to an employment/education/training setting in which the supports needed are provided by an entity other than the local school system


The Board shall provide instructional, support and delivery services that include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.      A continuous guidance component beginning with the eighth grade.  The purposes of the guidance component are to familiarize students with graduation requirements, to help them identify the likely impact of individual career objectives on the program of work studies they plan to follow and to provide annual advisement sessions to report progress and offer alternatives in meeting graduation requirements and career objectives.

2.      Record keeping and reporting services that document student progress toward graduation and include information for the school, parents and students.

3.      Diagnostic and continuous evaluation services that measure individual student progress in meeting competency expectations for graduation.

4.      Instructional programs, curriculum and course guides and remedial opportunities to assist each student in meeting graduation requirements.

5.      Appropriate curriculum and assessment procedures for students who have been identified as having disabilities that prevent them from meeting the prescribed competency performance requirements.


Candler County Schools
Original Adopted Date:  6/19/2008
Last Revised:  12/15/2011

Policy Reference Disclaimer: These references are not intended to be part of the policy itself, nor do they indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this policy. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the policy.

Note: The State of Georgia has moved the Georgia Code. This new environment no longer allows us to link directly to the Georgia Code. For example enter 20-02-0211 in the search window and the Georgia Code will appear.
State Reference Description
O.C.G.A 20-02-0069 Requirements and procedures for issuing and awarding high school diplomas to honorably discharged World War II veterans
O.C.G.A 20-02-0070 Requirements and procedures for issuing and awarding high school diplomas to honorably discharged Korean Conflict and Vietnam Conflict veterans
O.C.G.A 20-02-0131 Objectives and purposes of QBE program
O.C.G.A 20-02-0140 SBOE to establish competencies and uniformly sequenced core curriculum
O.C.G.A 20-02-0140.1 Online learning
O.C.G.A 20-02-0142 Prescribed courses; development/dissemination of instructional materials on effects of alcohol
O.C.G.A 20-02-0150 Eligibility for enrollment
O.C.G.A 20-02-0151 General and career education programs
O.C.G.A 20-02-0151.1 American Sign Language as foreign language for college preparatory curriculum and for Carnegie unit elective credits
O.C.G.A 20-02-0151.2 Driver education course accepted for Carnegie unit elective credits
O.C.G.A 20-02-0154 Remedial education program
O.C.G.A 20-02-0159.4 Policies and guidelines for awarding units of high school credit based on demonstrated proficiency
O.C.G.A 20-02-0159.5 Dual credit courses; requirements
O.C.G.A 20-02-0160 Determination of enrollment; determination of funding
O.C.G.A 20-02-0161.2 Youth Apprenticeship Program; policies, criteria, pilot projects
O.C.G.A 20-02-0161.3 Move on When Ready Act; dual credit courses
O.C.G.A 20-02-0281 Assessment of effectiveness of educational programs
O.C.G.A 20-02-0319.1 Georgia Virtual School
O.C.G.A 20-02-0326 Definitions
O.C.G.A 20-02-0327 Recognition of advanced proficiency/honors courses; counseling and development of individual graduation plans
O.C.G.A 20-17-0002 Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
O.C.G.A 50-13-0009.1 Variances or waivers to rules
Rule 160-3-1-.07 Testing Programs- Student Assessment
Rule 160-4-2-.07 Instruction in United States and Georgia History and Government
Rule 160-4-2-.20 State-Funded K-8 Subjects and 9-12 Courses for Students Entering Ninth Grade in 2008 and Subsequent Years
Rule 160-4-2-.34 Dual Enrollment - Move On When Ready
Rule 160-4-2-.48 High School Graduation Requirements for Students Enrolling in the Ninth Grade for the First Time in the 2008-09 School Year and Subsequent Years
Rule 160-4-8-.09 Student Advisement
Rule 160-5-1-.15 Awarding Units of Credit and Acceptance of Transfer Credit and/or Grades
Rule 160-5-1-.28 Student Enrollment and Withdrawal
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