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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
During the first two years of high schools, students should focus on building on the knowledge and skills they gained in previous grades. Every 9th and 10th grade student (beginning 2014-2015 and thereafter) will take core academic classes to work towards a diploma. Following the student’s 10th grade year, a student may choose to work toward a Jump Start TOPS Tech Pathway or pursue the TOPS University Pathway. Students may choose both pathways. Decisions are made with counseling and guidance, based on the student’s interests, capabilities, and ambitions. 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PLANNING GUIDEBOOK
The graduation requirements for incoming freshmen from 2008-2009 through 2013-2014 can be found in section §2318 and §2319 within Bulletin 741.

COURSE EQUIVALENTS, COURSE CODES, AND 0
JUMP START – TRADITIONAL PATHWAY

Planning for students with disabilities pursuing the traditional pathway is the same as planning for any other student pursuing traditional Jump Start pathway.

JUMP START – ACT 833 ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY
Students eligible for an alternative pathway to a Jump Start diploma pathway must meet one of the following eligibility criteria: 
Enter high school having not achieved at least a combination of basic/approaching basic on math and ELA in two of the three most recent years (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) or Do not achieve a score of Fair, Good, or Excellent after two attempts of the same EOC test.

Planning for students on the Act 833 alternative pathway is very similar to planning for students on the traditionar high school graduation.
The State Education Agency is required to develop a Pupil Progression Plan for review. Each agency may have slightly different procedures related to retention, advancement, promotion, and graduation.
In addition to State Education Agency policies, the plans also include state guidelines and requirements, which all State Education Agencies must follow, such as the policy that requires fourth- and eighth-grade students to pass the LEAP exam in order to be promoted to the next grade.


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