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505.6 Graduation Requirements

Code No. 505.6


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 50 credits prior to graduation.  The following credits will be required for graduation:

Beginning Class of 2022

A Riverside High School student graduating in the class of 2022 and beyond must earn at least 50 credits.  Of these credits, 34 are required and 16 are electives.

  • Required classes or credits:  1 semester  = 1 credit
  • Business Education:  1 credit – Computer Literacy or Computer Science
  • English:  8 credits-English 9, English 10, American Lit. or Intro to Composition or English Elective (Geo Cultural Lit, Semester of Service), Elements of Writing, Brit Lit or IWCC English I and II.
  • Social Studies: 6 credits-World History, US History, Government and Economics or Financial Literacy
  • Mathematics: 8 credits
  • Science: 6 credits – Physical Science, Biology, Earth Science and 1 credit of Chemistry or Foundations of Chemistry
  • Psychology or Sociology: 1 credit
  • Physical Education: Health Class 1 credit and refer to Riverside Wellness Policy (page 24 of Course Description Handbook; All freshman must take Physical Education (2 credits)
  • Completion of Senior Portfolio
  • Career & Technical Education: 1 credit    Note: Computer Lit 1 does not meet this requirement

Suggested Sequence for Required Classes

9th Grade: English 9, Math*, Physical Science, Computer Literacy or Computer Science (semester), Health*

10th Grade: English 10, Math*, Biology, Health**, Fundamentals of Sociology or Sociology**, World History

11th Grade: American Literature or Introduction to Composition or Elective, Math*, Chemistry* or Foundations of Chemistry plus other Science & Earth Science**, Health**, Sociology or Psychology**, US History and Government & Economics or Financial Literacy**

12th Grade: Elements of Writing or English Composition I & II or British Literature, Math*, Chemistry* or Foundations of Chemistry plus other Science, Health**, Sociology or Psychology**, Goverment & Economics** or Financial Literacy**

*indicates class will be teacher recommendation

**indicates may be taken at any grade level shown

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

Prior to graduation, the district will advise students on how to successfully complerte 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.  

Approved 9-13-93    Reviewed    8-15-2022     Revised  7-25-2022