A fundamental goal of public education is to develop lifelong learners
who use their minds and skills well.
Thank you for visiting Graduation Requirements website. Following the passage of state legislation (House Bill 1209) that initiated school reform efforts in Washington state, every school district was charged with helping all students achieve the four state learning goals.
Washington State Learning Goals
- Read with comprehension, write with skill, and communicate effectively and responsibly in a variety of ways and settings;
- Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical and life sciences; civics and history; geography; arts; and health and fitness;
- Think analytically, logically and creatively, and integrate experience and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems;
- Understand the importance of work and how performance, effort and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities.
Monroe has a rigorous set of graduation requirements that requires 22.5 credits to earn a diploma.
In addition to class credit requirements, graduates from Monroe Public Schools also plan their future with a High School and Beyond Plan and prove they are ready for the next step in their education with a Culminating Challenge presentation that moves students through challenging academic activities that develop and demonstrate their readiness to take responsibility for their own learning. Please use the tabs above to learn more about these requirements to help all young people be successful in whatever path they follow after high school.
The goals associated with graduation require students to go beyond recalling facts and applying set formulas. While such skills remain extremely important, success after graduation requires students to solve complex problems by applying knowledge and setting goals. To assist young people with attaining that success, a High School and Beyond plan is required. Starting in 9th grade each student is provided an account on Career Cruising, an industry-leading career guidance and planning system.
High School and Beyond Plan - Introduction
High School and Beyond Planning Guide - Class of 2014
High School and Beyond Planning Guide - Class of 2015
High School and Beyond Planning Guide - Class of 2016
What is Career Cruising?
Other Helpful Websites
Listed below are documents and websites that are available to help your student's High School and Beyond planning process.
Culminating Challenge (see next tab)
In addition, there is a library of "how to" videos that students have found helpful in being successful
NOTE: Independent Students - please make an appointment with your MHS advisor and bring a flashdrive for additional requirements.
Culminating Challenge Overview
Monroe Public Schools’ Culminating Challenge requires students to take responsibility for demonstrating their ability to apply what they have learned and to show that they are prepared for work and/or further education. This performance assessment fulfills the state’s graduation requirement for students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge defined in the state’s four learning goals.
Students have access to the necessary forms and information about this graduation requirement during Culminating Challenge classes. Independent students should schedule an appointment with one of our two independent advisors. Independent advisors at Monroe High School are Sarah Foster (email@example.com) and Stephanie Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Bringing a flash drive to the appointment or the first day of class is most helpful for students.
Below are quick links to the most commonly used forms for the Culminating Challenge. Please note that some forms may be downloaded and edited while others must be printed, signed and return to each student’s Culminating Challenge advisor.
|Mentor Interview Form
|Additional Research form
|Mentor Signature form
(Print & Sign)
|Best Work form
(Print & Sign)
(Print & Sign)
|Project Proposal form
|Letters of Recommendation