Steps to Graduation
Graduating High School
Graduating high school is universally accepted as a critical step to a bright future. Among other things, high school graduates*:
- are more likely to be employed, make higher taxable income, and aid in job generation
- earn a national average of $8,000 more annually compared to high school dropouts
The Renton School District requires 4 components for high school graduation.
Step 1 Complete minimum credit requirements
- High School Graduation Requirements - School Board Procedure 2410P
Step 2 Complete Career and College Readiness Assessments or Course Options
Step 3 Complete a High School and Beyond Plan
- All students must develop a High School and Beyond Plan showing how they will meet the high school graduation requirements and what they will do following high school. A student’s plan starts in middle school and is revised as he/she moves forward through high school.
- Exact requirements differ by high school. Check with your counselor for details.
- Minimum required elements of the High School and Beyond Plan are:
- Begins in 7th or 8th grade
- Identification of career goals based on a career interest and skills inventory or assessment
- Identification of educational goals
- A four-year course plan that fulfills graduation requirements and aligns with career and educational goals
- A resume or activity log by the end of twelfth grade that provides a written compilation of student’s education, any work experience, and any community service
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: High School and Beyond Plan and Graduation Pathways resources