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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 5-30

STUDENTS

Graduation Requirements/Diplomas/Certificates

  1. Graduation Requirements

    The requirements for graduation from high school shall be those established by the Virginia General Assembly and Virginia Board of Education regulations as cited in the legal reference to this policy, and those identified by the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach.

  2. Local Verified Credits

    The requirements for awarding local verified credits in science and history/social science shall be those established by the Virginia Board of Education Guidelines for Local School Boards to Award Verified Credits for the Standard Diploma to Transition Students. A procedure will be set forth in regulation by the Superintendent for general eligibility, specific criteria, and guidelines by subject area, general provisions, and process for levels of appeals.

    Beginning with school year 2012-2013, certain protected groups [students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 plans] who meet specific credit accommodations criteria are eligible to apply for a local verified credit in reading, writing, and/or math.

  3. Certificates and Diplomas
    1. Students who complete a prescribed course of study as defined by the School Board but who do not qualify for a diploma shall be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion by the School Board.
    2. Students identified as having a disability who complete the requirements of their IEPs or 504 plans but have not earned the required verified credits for a standard or advanced studies diploma shall be awarded special diplomas by the School Board.
    3. Students who have completed a prescribed course of study as defined by the School Board shall be awarded certificates by the School Board if they do not qualify for diplomas.
  4. Standard Unit of Credit

    The School Board authorizes the Superintendent to develop a regulation for the 2015-2016 school year for awarding a standard unit of credit for graduation when a semester/year-long course does not have the minimum 70/140 clock hours of instruction provided that such regulation meets the requirements of Virginia Board of Education Regulation 8VAC20-131-110, as amended. This authorization will expire June 22, 2016.

Editor's Note:

For implementation procedures, see School Board Regulation 5-30.3.
For certificates, and Parts A and B of the policy see School Board Regulation 5-30.1.

Code of Virginia 22.1-253.13:4, as amended. Standard 4. Student achievement and graduation requirements.

Virginia Board of Education 8VAC20-131, et seq., as amended. Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia.

Adopted by School Board: October 21, 1969
Amended by School Board: May 19, 1970
Amended by School Board: January 18, 1972
Amended by School Board: August 4, 1983
Amended by School Board: February 21, 1984
Amended by School Board: July 1, 1987
Amended by School Board: August 21, 1990
Amended by School Board: July 16, 1991
Amended by School Board: June 15, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: October 6, 1998
Amended by School Board: July 15, 2003
Amended by School Board: April 4, 2006
Amended by School Board: August 2, 2011
Amended by School Board: March 5, 2013
Amended by School Board: September 4, 2013
Amended by School Board: August 19, 2014
Amended by School Board: September 1, 2015