8740 – Graduation Requirements


Students in the Grand Island Public Schools must successfully complete the courses required by the Board of Education and the Nebraska Department of Education in order to graduate. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that students complete grades one through 12 and that high school students complete 240 credits prior to graduation.

Credit will not be granted for courses taken at the middle school level. For a student with an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), the IEP goals must be successfully completed to meet graduation requirements.

A student who has earned all required credits may graduate early. Students who graduate early may choose to have their diplomas awarded at the winter or spring commencement activities.

Graduation credits must be earned within the following curricular areas, which includes the satisfactory completion of these required courses or their equivalent:

Language Arts 40 credits

Mathematics 30 credits

Science 30 credits

Social Studies 30 credits

  • American History 10 credits
  • World History 10 credits
  • Government 5 credits
  • Economics 5 credits

Physical Education and Health Education 10 credits

Electives 100 credits

Total Course Credits 240 credits

Note: Ten credits represent the equivalent of satisfactory completion (passing grade) of any approved high school course for which a student has been enrolled for two semesters. Five credits represent the equivalent of satisfactory completion (passing grade) of any approved high school course for which a student has been enrolled one semester.

Policy Adopted - November 3, 1980
Policy Amended - January 9, 1984
Policy Revised: 07/07/97
Policy Revised: 2-10-05
Policy Revised: 01.15.2018

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