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505.5 Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete the courses required by the board and Iowa Department of Education in order to graduate.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that students complete grades one through twelve and that high school students complete the following secondary credits prior to graduation. The following credits will be required:


Credits Required

Class Offerings to Meet Requirements



Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Statistics, General Math, Advanced Math, Accounting



ELA 9, ELA 10, Literature or Strategic Literature, Composition/Creative Writing or Applied Composition, Speech Literature, Speech



Physical Science, Biology, Applied Chemistry or Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Zoology, Innovative Science, Health

Social Studies


American History, World History, American Government/Economics, Sociology, World Studies, Western Civilization I & II, Financial Literacy (beginning with class of 2020)

Physical Education


State required non-academic education subject. The state requires the student to have 120 minutes per week for completion of Physical Education contract.

21st Century Skills


Local requirement beginning with the graduating class of 2016.

Total required subjects



Total elective credits


Courses offered in the areas of Agricultural Required Education, Family Consumer Sciences, Business, Marketing, Art, Music, Band,

Physical Education, College Classes and any courses taken in Math, Science, English, & Social Studies that is beyond the graduation requirement listed above.

Total credits required





East Union students must complete 50 hours of volunteer community service before May 1st of their senior year as a requirement for graduation. Service may be in the summer prior to a student’s freshmen year. The breakdown for the number of hours each year is as follows:

Freshmen - 10 hours Sophomores - 10 hours Juniors - 15 hours Seniors - 15 hours

If a student enrolls at East Union High School after the first semester of their freshmen year, the requirement will be prorated to the number of semesters enrolled in at East Union. Volunteer service hours can be counted from organizations/clubs (FFA, FCCLA, Science Club, Spanish Club, and other groups that give honors or credit for service) as long as the hours are outside of the school day and not a requirement for the organization/club. Students will be required to report volunteer community service hours to their homeroom advisor as a part of their portfolio presented at the two Student Led conferences each school year. Students can count volunteer hours during the school day as long as the activity is approved by the administration. A student must have their schoolwork completed for the hours that will be missed in school by volunteering during the school day. Volunteers may not receive payment or course credit for volunteer service honors. Family members and/or fellow students cannot act as the supervisor nor can they verify volunteer hours. A listing of possible volunteer activities will be available to students from their homeroom advisors.

Graduation requirements for special education students will be in accordance with the prescribed course of study as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Legal Reference:

Iowa Code §§ 256.11; 279.8; 280.3, .14. 281 I.A.C. 12.2, .5.


Cross Reference:

505 Student Scholastic Achievement

603.3 Special Education


Approved 5-19-03    Reviewed 4-21-08    3-25-14  1-28-19    11-22-21    Revised 5-16-05  1-28-19