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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 2025

A Riverside High School student graduating in the class of 2025 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

  • ​English/Language Arts     8 credits
  • Mathematics                     8 credits
  • Science                             8 credits
  • Social Studies                   8 credits

            Required:  United States/American History (2 credits); Government (1 credit); Psychology OR Sociology (1 credit)

  • Computer Literacy OR Computer Science     1 credit
  • Financial Literacy OR Economics                   1 credit
  • Health Education (CPR Included)                    2 credits

            **Refer to the Riverside Wellness Policy of Course Description Handbook for exemption policy; All 9th grade students must take Physical       

              Education (2 credits)

  • Career and Technical Education                      1 credit

            **Note:  Computer Lit 1 does not meet this requirement

  • Completion of Senior Portfolio                          0 credits

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

Prior to graduation, the district will advise students on how to successfully complete the free application for federal student aid.  

Graduation requirements for special education students will 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 1/2 credit of social studies.  

Students enrolled in a junior officers' training corps will receive 1/8 physical education credit for each semester the student is enrolled in the program.  

Legal Reference:  Iowa Code 

Approved 9-13-93    Reviewed    8-15-2022     Revised  7-8-2024