High School Graduation is a great milestone for students and their families. Your school counselors and school staff are here to support you on your journey towards graduation. Additionally, please use the information below to help guide you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school counselor.

Graduation Requirements & Checks

Washington State History

Successful completion of Washington State History/Government is a high school graduation requirement. Washington State History/Government instruction occurs in the 7th and 8th grade in the Bellevue School District. Students who transfer into the Bellevue School District after 7th grade will be required to satisfactorily complete Washington State History/Government curriculum in order to meet the graduation requirement. High School registrars will note successful completion of Washington State History/Government on students’ transcripts.

If you have not completed the Washington State History requirement, please look at the Washington State History Options or talk to your student’s counselor.

  BSD Graduation Requirements College Entrance Requirements
 

Class of

2016-2018

Class of 2019

and beyond

CADR (WA only) Highly Selective Universities
Subjects Credits Credits Credits Credits
English 4 4

4

(3 years must be

college prep English)

4

(3 years must be

college prep English)

Math 3 3 3 4
Social Studies 3.5 3.5 3 4
Lab Science 2 3 2 4
Fine Arts 1 1 0.5

 

1

World Language 0 2

2

(2 years of the

same language)

3

(3 years of the

same language)

 

CTE 1 1
PE 2 1.5
Health 0.5 0.5
Electives 6.5 3.5
PPR* 0 1
Academic Elective 0.5 1
Non-Credit Requirements

WA State History

High School and Beyond Planning

40 Hours of Service

 

WA State History

High School and Beyond Planning

40 Hours of Service

 

Essays

Essays

Letters of Rec

Interviews

Testing Requirements

SBAC ELA

SBAC Math

Biology EOC

(Class of 2016 exempt from Biology EOC)

 

SBAC ELA

SBAC Math

Biology EOC

(Or NextGen Science)

SAT or ACT

 

SAT or ACT

SAT Subject Tests

*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. Students may have up to 3 PPR courses.

**Community Colleges and Technical Colleges – Attending either a community college or technical college serve as a great plan for students to save money and explore their options then transferring into a four-year university. Admission requirements vary from “open-door” policy to selective course requirements for specific programs.

*** Please note that these college admissions requirements are simply examples and do not include other requirements such as letters of recommendations and essays. Always double check with each university regarding their specific requirements. You may also find more information under the “College Planning” section of our website.

Honor Cords & Eligibility Requirements:

Sammamish High School provides honor cord distinction for students achieving any of the three following accomplishments: Completing 200+ community service hours, being a member of National Honors Society in good standing, & Maintaining a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better for their high school career. Our 4.0 cumulative GPA students will receive recognition and a medal at the graduation ceremony. Here are the requirements to achieve each distinction:

  • 200+ Community Service Hours (Red & White Honor Cord): This distinction is given to students having completed 200 or more standalone hours of community service, during their time in high school, and is a celebration of students demonstrating extraordinary commitment in service to their community. These hours must be separate from any hours attributing to another distinction, such as National Honors Society, but may include the 40 hours required for graduation.
  • National Honors Society (Gold): Members of National Honors Society (NHS) demonstrate outstanding character, leadership, service, and academics. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.65 or higher and meet community service requirements to qualify. Eligibility for this distinction is communicated and determined by the NHS Advisor, Ms. Youmans.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or Better (Platinum): Students achieving this distinction will have achieved this by maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or more during their entire secondary education. 4.0 students are also eligible to receive this cord.
  • Cumulative GPA of 4.0 (Medal): Students having maintained a 4.0 cumulative GPA, throughout their entire secondary education, will receive this award. Medals will be presented to eligible students at the graduation ceremony, by Administration.

Any students with questions regarding their eligibility for any of these distinctions should reach out to their counselor for more information.