505.5 Graduation Requirements


Students must complete the required courses of study prior to graduation as determined by the State Department of Education and the Board of Directors. Forty-four (44) credits (including Physical Education unless waived) must be earned in grades nine through twelve in order to be eligible to graduate from Harlan Community High School.  Forty (40) of those graduation credits must be in academic courses. Academic courses are defined as Language Art, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Business, Art, Family and Consumer Science, Industrial Technology, Foreign Language, and Vocational Agriculture.  The remaining 4 credits may be activity or supplemental credits. Activity or supplemental credits are defined as Band, Chorus, Physical Education, Athletics and Activities.  Eighth grade electives which are the equivalent of high school courses may count toward graduation requirements. 

The following specific requirements shall be required for graduation from high school:

a.         Language Arts                                                 8 credits/4.0 years        

b.         Social Studies                                                  6 credits/3.0 years

c.         Mathematics                                                    6 credits/3.0 years

d.         Science                                                            6 credits/3.0 years

e.         Personal Finance/Financial Literacy                1 credit/.5 year

f.          Physical Education                                           3 credit/1.5 years

             (one credit per year unless waived) 

g.         Completion of a CPR Course

h.        Elective group requirement                               3 credits/1.5 years

            To be selected from at least two of the following areas:

            Business Education, Fine Arts (Art, Band, Chorus), Family Consumer Science,             Industrial Technology, Foreign Language, Vocational Agriculture


i.          Partial credits – A fraction of a credit (activity or supplemental) will be granted for annual participation in the classes, athletics, and activities as listed:

Band* 1; Baseball  ¼; Basketball ¼; Best Buddies ¼; Bowling ¼; Business Professionals of America 1/8; Cheerleader ¼, Chorus* 1; Cross Country ¼; Cyber Patriot 1/8; Football  1/4; Future Farmers of America 1/8; Golf  ¼; Individual Speech 1/4;  Jazz Band 1/2; Key Club 1/8; Large Group Speech 1/4; Learning Center 1 ;Mentoring ½; Musical/Drama/School Play ¼; Physical Education* 1; Pom Pon ¼; Show Choir ½; Soccer ¼;  Softball ¼; Student Council ¼; Tennis ¼;  Track ¼;  Volleyball ¼; Wrestling 1/4

 *Marked courses taken for 1 semester worth ½ of the credit.


Beginning with the class of 2022, 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.

Graduation requirements for any student who transfers in to Harlan Community High School during his/her high school years shall be determined by the superintendent, high school principal, and guidance counselor.  The graduation requirements of the school of origin as well as the requirements of Harlan Community High School shall be taken into consideration.

No outside agency shall have the authority to grant credits applicable to graduation requirements for Harlan Community High School.


Legal Reference:                    Iowa Code §§256.7, 11, .11A, .41; 279.8; 280.3, .14

                                                281 Iowa Admin. Code 12.2, .5;12.3(5)