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5464 - Accelerated Graduation Options

The School Board acknowledges that some students are pursuing educational goals which include graduation from high school at an earlier date than their designated class.

Annually, students in grades 6-12 will be provided with information describing the three year and four year graduation options as set forth in State law, including the respective curriculum requirements for each option. A student and parent may select one of the graduation options set forth in State law at anytime during grades 9-12. If the student and parent fail to select one of the accelerated high school graduation options, the student shall be considered to have selected the general requirements for high school graduation and the four year graduation option.

However, before selecting a three year graduation option, the student and his/her parent(s) must meet with the designated school personnel so that the requirements set forth in law for, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of, each option can be reviewed. Written consent of the student’s parent is required for participation in a three year accelerated high school graduation option. If an effort to meet with the student’s parent(s) fails and is documented by the designated school personnel, then the student may select a three year accelerated high school graduation option with the written consent of the student’s parent. If the student is 18 years of age or older, the student may select a three year accelerated high school graduation option with or without the written consent of his/her parent.

If, at the end of any grade, a student is not on track to meet the credit, assessment, and/or grade-point-average requirements set forth in State law, then the Principal shall notify the student and parent of the requirements currently not being met, the specific performance necessary in grade 11 for the student to meet the accelerated graduation requirements, and of the student’s right to change to the four year graduation option as set forth in State law.

A student who meets all requirements of the Accelerated High School Graduation Options set forth in Florida statute shall be awarded a standard diploma in a form prescribed by the State Board of Education.

The student may participate in the graduation ceremonies with his/her designated class.

F.S. 1003.428, 1003.429, 1003.43

Revised 4/1/14

© Neola 2011

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