Prepare for Your Future
Set your Goals for the Future
In your school experience, it is important to set and achieve goals. By doing so early on, you will be prepared for your senior year, and for college or vocational training. In high school, consider your involvement in extracurricular activities, community service activities, and volunteering. All of these things are not only personally beneficial, but they will prove to be helpful when you are applying for college admission.As you go through high school, we suggest you begin to explore your career preferences. This will impact not only your choice of college, but also what area of study for your major. Most importantly, you should work very hard to achieve good grades. In today's competitive world, the GPA is an important factor considered in the college admissions process.
Prepare for Graduation
Senior year is a memorable experience in life. It is also one of the busiest year for a high school student. The School Board believes that the completion of an organized and sequential course of study is the foundation that prepares students for post-secondary education and/or employment.
A student's graduation requirements are the ones in effect when the student enters the ninth grade for the first time. A standard credit is based on a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction and successful completion of the requirements of the course. A verified credit is based on a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction, successful completion of the requirements of the course, and the achievement of a passing score of 400 - 600 on the end-of-course SOL test or an approved substitute test.
Many substitute tests, including AP exams, are available to verify credits. We do not give other substitute exams here, but it is possible for students to go elsewhere to take substitute tests. A list of acceptable substitute tests can be found at:
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/suptsmemos/2002/inf079 (pdf format)
Students who have earned 22 credits and obtained senior status may participate in graduation exercises. Only students who have met state standards will be awarded diplomas; those not meeting state standards may receive a certificate of attendance. Students may return to take needed tests to earn missing verified credits. Upon successful completion of the tests, he or she will be presented with the appropriate diploma.