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Graduation Requirements



Courses                                                                                            Credits              Entry

                                                                                                                                 (4 year)

Senior High English                                                                                4.0                   4.0

Mathematics (Algebra 1, Geometry or Integrated Math 2, & a 3rd  credit of math*)    3.0                    3.0

Senior High Science    (At least two lab and a 3rd credit of science*)                  3.0                   3.0

Social Studies                                                                                         3.0                    3.0

   Arts         performing or visual arts       (1 credit may be a PPR**)                   2.0                   2.0

   World Language      (Both credits may be a PPR**)                                          2.0                   2.0                                                                        

Health and Fitness     (.5 credit of Health & 1.5 credits of Fitness)                       2.0                   2.0

Career and Technical Education                                                             1.0                   1.0

General Electives                                                                                   4.0                   4.0

*The 3rd credit of science and the 3rd credit of math are chosen by the student based on the student's interest and High School and Beyond Plan, and approved by the parent or guardian, or if the parent or guardian is unavailable or does not indicate a preference, the school counselor or principal (WAC 180-51-068).

**Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR) are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student’s interests and High School and Beyond Plan, that may include Career and Technical Education, and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning.


Total Credits for graduation from Pomeroy Senior High School                    

PHS Required Credits



Approved Courses


(4 year)

English (reading, writing and communications)


English 9


English 10


English 11

Bridges English

College English






Algebra 1


Algebra 2

Or equivalent math courses


(Algebra 1, Intermediate Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2)

Science (physical, life and earth; one laboratory credit)


Physical Science

Biology, Chemistry, Natural Resources, Vet Asst., Precision Ag., Forensics


(Two classes must be a laboratory science)

Social Studies (civics, history and geography)


.5 Civics, .5 CWP/ Geography

U.S. History and

Cont. World Prob., & SS elective


(Social Studies in addition to US History and World Problems for college entry)

Health and Fitness


Physical Education 9,

H.S. PE, plus .5 credit must be earned in Health





Interior Design, Ag. Mech., Yearbook & HS Band-one credit can be earned via PPR**



Occupational Education


Any Course designated as an Occupational Education credit listed in the Course Description Handbook and Board Policy





Any Course designated as an Elective credit listed in the Course Description Handbook



World Language


Spanish 1 & 2  Both credits could be earned via a

PPR **



Total Credits for graduation from Pomeroy Senior High School 





A student who plans to further their education after their high school experience, or students who plan to enter the workforce are in need of a well-rounded experience during their high school years. Only requiring students to complete academic requirements to receive a diploma at Pomeroy High School does the student and our community a disservice. Students can learn so much more by interacting with community members in need or helping organizations help others by volunteering their time. Service to one’s community is an important aspect of life and education as described by President Obama. Our students deserve the opportunity to learn from this type of experience even if they would not choose it on their own.


Therefore we propose that students from Pomeroy High School be required to serve their community as part of their graduation requirement. Students attending post-secondary education opportunities would be more competitive for scholarships with more community service hours as part of their service to their community. Students not furthering their education but entering the workforce would benefit from determining what type of job they may or may not want. As an added benefit, working for and with community organizations can be a positive addition to a resume. All, students and community members, will benefit from this requirement as we become closer as a community when we serve each other.


For more information please visit: Washington State Board of Education