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Graduation Requirements

The Allentown School District Board of Directors acknowledges each student’s successful completion of the instructional program appropriate to the student’s interests and needs by awarding a diploma at the graduation ceremonies.


The Board shall award a regular high school diploma to every student enrolled in this district who meets the requirements of graduation established by the Board as part of the district’s Strategic Plan.


The graduation requirements students must achieve include:

  • Course completion and grades
  • Completion of a culminating project
  • Results of local and State assessments
  • Completion of work and studies representing the instructional program assigned to grades 9 through 12

The fourth year of high school is not required if the student has been accepted by an accredited institution of higher learning and has completed all requirements for graduation.


Pursuant to the Pennsylvania School Code, the students with disabilities who have not yet earned a diploma by receive a “certificate of attendance” at the graduation ceremonies. Any student with a disability whose individualized education program as established pursuant to 22 Pa. Code 14.131 (relating to IEP) prescribes continued special education programs beyond the fourth year of high school, is permitted to participate in the commencement ceremonies with the student’s graduation class and receive a certificate of attendance, provided that the student has attended four (4) years of high school regardless of whether the student has completed the individualized program.


A special education student may earn a regular high school diploma by either meeting the graduation requirements established by the Board or the student’s IEP Team can decide to adopt the goals and objectives from the student’s IEP as graduation requirements.


Periodic warnings are issued to students in danger of not fulfilling graduation requirements.


No student who has completed the requirements for graduation shall be denied a diploma as a disciplinary measure but she/he may be denied participation in the ceremony of graduation when personal conduct so warrants.  Such exclusion is regarded as school suspension.


See Public Policy # 217 for more information.