Edmonds School District Graduation Requirements Versus College Entrance Requirements

Graduation Requirements for Class of 2013 and beyond College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR)


Beginning with the Class of 2012, students must earn 3 credits of CADR courses each year of high school.

22 Credits (including electives)

  • Students must pass HSPE – reading and writing, or for classes of 2015 & 2016, an ELA exit exam** or 11th grade Smarter-Balanced ELA test**
  • For Class of 2013 & 2014, pass one math end-of-course exam
  • For Class of 2015 & 2016, pass one math EOC or 11th grade Smarter Balanced Math test** and a biology EOC or Comprehensive NGSS Test***.
  • For Class of 2017 & 2018, pass the ELA Exit Exam or 11th grade Smarter Balanced ELA test and an algebra or geometry EOC Exit Exam or 11th grade Smarter Balanced Math Test and the biology EOC or Comprehensive NGSS Test***.
  • For Class of 2019, all students must pass the 11th grade Smarter Balanced ELA and Math tests and the biology EOC or Comprehensive NGSS Test***
  • Complete a High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP)
  • Complete Senior Experience
  • Earn 1.5 credits of Career and Technical Education
  • Earn 1.5 credits of PE and a .50 credit of Health
**This test not available until spring 2015
***Until Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are adopted, implemented and assessed, students will be required to pass the biology EOC.


15 Credits (in subject areas below)


Note: The term “credit” is used to designate that a student has satisfactorily completed a CADR course during the high school academic year.


Colleges do not require Senior Experience, PE, Health, or Career and Technical Education credit.

English – 4 credits : English 9 (1.0), English 10 (1.0), English 11 (1.0), English 12 (1.0)

English – 4 credits (must include 3 credits of college preparatory composition or literature). Passage of 10th grade HSPE -reading is equivalent to earning the first 2 CADR credits of high school English.

Mathematics – 3 credits Algebra 1 (1.0), Geometry (1.0),

Algebra 2 (1.0) or equivalent


Mathematics – 3 credits (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 Note: Successful completion of math through pre-calculus meets the requirement for 3 credits of math and the senior-year math requirement (below).

Senior year math is not required for graduation

Mathematics – Senior year of high school, students must earn a credit in a math-based quantitative course, e.g., statistics, applied math, or appropriate career and technical courses. An algebra-based science course taken during the senior year also would satisfy this requirement and part of the science requirement below. Note: The senior-year math requirement does not mean a 4th credit of math is required nor does it require a higher level of math.

Science – 2 credits

Science – 2 credits of laboratory science, including one credit of algebra-based biology, chemistry, or physics. Note: Western Washington University specifies that the algebra-based science course be chemistry or physics.

World language is not required for high school graduation

World Languages – 2 credits of the same World Language, Native American Language, or American Sign Language.

Social Studies- 3.5 credits World History 9 (.50), World History 10 (1.0), US History (1.0), Senior History (1.0)

Social Science – 3 credits (history or other social science)

Arts – 1 credit

Arts – 1 credit of fine, visual, or performing arts-or 1 additional credit in other CADR subject areas. Note: UW and WWU specify one-half credit in fine, visual or performing arts; the other half may be in the arts or in an academic elective.



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