High School Graduation Requirements

High School Graduation Requirements

Graduation from West Ottawa High School means that a student has satisfactorily completed the prescribed courses of study in accordance with his/her respective abilities and has completed requirements as prescribed by the West Ottawa Board of Education and the State of Michigan. The educational program of the West Ottawa district is designed to be completed in thirteen years, culminating in the awarding of a diploma. Whenever possible, the school district will provide opportunities for a student to complete the program within the prescribed thirteen years.

To qualify for a diploma under the usual conditions, a student must

  1. Have been in attendance 9th – 12th grades or a minimum of eight semesters, or be able to verify thirteen years of school attendance.
  2. In order to graduate early, students must meet board and state graduation requirements. Additionally, a student must submit an Early Graduation Application in the main office by Feb. 1st.
  3. Be enrolled in six subjects each semester of the eight required semesters.
  4. Complete the minimum credits for graduation, including

Graduation Requirements


English 1 or Honors English 1 1 unit of credit
English 2 or Honors English 2 1 unit of credit
English 3 or Equivalent Honors, AP or Dual Enrollment 1 unit of credit
English 4 or Equivalent Honors, AP or Dual Enrollment 1 unit of credit
Algebra 1 unit of credit
Algebra 2 1 unit of credit
Geometry 1 unit of credit
Elective Math (during senior or final year) 1 unit of credit
U.S. History, Honors US History,
AP or IB equivalent.
1 unit of credit
World History, Honors World History, or AP equivalent. 1 unit of credit
Biology or Equivalent Honors, AP, or IB 1 unit of credit
Chemistry or Equivalent Honors, AP, or IB 1 unit of credit
Conceptual Physics, Physics, AP or IB. 1 unit of credit
Economics or AP Economics 0.5 unit of credit
Government or AP Government 0.5 unit of credit
Visual/Performing/Applied Arts 1 unit of credit
Successful Living (Health) 0.5 unit of credit
Physical Wellness Elective 0.5 unit of credit
Electives 8 units of credit


Credits from required classes: 16.0
Minimum credits to graduate for Class of 2013: 22.75

Students must complete all academic requirements to receive a West Ottawa diploma.

Under regular circumstances, students can earn six and one quarter (6.25) credits per year (6.0 from regular classes plus 0.25 from seminar.), totaling 25 credits during their high school career. All semester classes count as 0.5 credits.

THE PRINCIPAL MUST approve any deviations from the graduation requirements.