2410 Policy – High School Graduation Requirements

Bellingham Public Schools’ mission, through a collective commitment with the Bellingham community, is to develop students who graduate from our schools prepared for success in the global community. Students will be exceptional in their own way, with strong character, a passion for learning, and ready for the widest range of educational and vocational options to support a diversity of life choices.  Our graduation requirements reflect our strategic plan, The Bellingham Promise.



The school district is committed to developing student and graduates who are:

  • Readers and writers,
  • Scientists and mathematicians,
  • Historians and global thinkers
  • Artists, performers and trades people,
  • Healthy, active individuals,
  • Multilingual readers and speakers,
  • Skilled users of technology and information,
  • Critical thinkers and problem-solvers,
  • Effective communicators,
  • Leaders, collaborators and team players,
  • Dependable and responsible workers,
  • Innovators and creators,
  • Confident individuals who continuously challenge themselves,
  • Respectful and compassionate humans,
  • Honest and ethical individuals who act with integrity, and
  • Well-rounded community members engaged with the broader world.



Each student must meet the following requirements to graduate from high school: (1) complete the credit requirements specified in the procedure accompanying this policy; (2) demonstrate career and college readiness by completing a high school and beyond plan; and (3) meet the requirements of at least one graduation pathway option described in the procedure accompanying this policy.


Approved By: Greg Baker, Superintendent and Camille Diaz Hackler, School Board President
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 11/18/03
Adopted/Revised: 04/26/07; 02/23/2012; 02/28/13; 08/30/13; 08/21/14; 11/26/14; 01/29/15; 08/27/15; 01/26/17; 03/09/17
Updated: 10/16/19
Superintendent or Board Approved: Board Approved
Legal References: Content

Laws of 2019, Ch. 252, § 201 Graduation pathway options for the graduating class of 2020 and subsequent classes

RCW 28A.230.090 High school graduation requirements or equivalencies — High school and beyond plans – Career and college ready graduation requirements and waivers — Reevaluation of graduation requirements — Language requirements — Credit for courses taken before attending high school — Postsecondary credit equivalencies

RCW 28A.230.097 Career and technical high school course equivalencies

RCW 28A.230.120 High school diplomas — Issuance — Option to receive final transcripts — Notice

WAC 180-51 High school graduation requirements

WAC 392-121-182 Alternative learning experience requirements

WAC 392-169 Special service programs – Running start program

WAC 392-348 Secondary education

WAC 392-410 Courses of study and equivalencies

WAC 392-410-350 Seal of Biliteracy

WAC 392-415-070 Mandatory high school transcript contents – Items – Timelines

WAC 180-51-050 – High School Credit–Definition

Management Resources: Content
2019 – July
2018 – May
2017 – October
2015 – October
2014 – December
2013 – September
2012 – April
2011 – October
2010 – June
2009 – April
2009 – February
2007 – August
2004- October
2004- February
2004 – December
1999 – April