Graduation Requirements

Table of Graduation Requirements

The Physical Education, Occupational Education/CTE, and Health requirements outlined by the Lake Washington School District are completed in a few different ways at the International Community School. Please check-out the information below for details.  

Physical Education – P.E. 

Students in the Lake Washington School District need to complete 1.5 credits of P.E. during high school. Because ICS does not offer P.E. classes, we offer alternative options to meet this requirement.  

Most students choose to complete these requirements through a Fitness Test or a Fitness Plan during their Junior and/or Senior year of high school. Students can choose which they would like to complete and they can also switch if they decide the one they chose isn’t right for them. The Test and Plan are only available in 11th and 12th grade. 

Fitness Plan: A plan created to demonstrate knowledge of physical education concepts and the ability to carry-out physical fitness skills in the real world. 

Fitness Exam: Students study physical education concepts and skills and then are given an exam to show their learning. 

Guidelines and Process 

  • Both the Plan and the Test each have three sections and students must pass all three sections to complete the requirement. If students do not pass all sections, they will only need to retest the sections they didn’t pass. 
  • By taking the Test or Plan, students at ICS are “waiving” their need to complete P.E. classes in high school. They are, in a sense, testing out of having to complete this district requirement. Completion will show as a “P” on a students transcript. 
  • Students will have three opportunities to take the Test or complete the Plan during their junior year and three opportunities during their senior year (six opportunities total). Students can take either option as many times as they need until they pass.
  • Juniors are required to try either the Plan or Test at least one time during their junior year. Students do not need to fill out the Appendix E form for the Fitness Test or Plan at this time. They can just check the box saying they completed it on the Plan document as needed. 
  • Test dates can be found on the LWSD website and are usually in October, December, and February of each academic year. 

Alternatively, if students do not want to complete a Test or Plan, they can also take 1.5 credits of P.E. online to meet the graduation requirement, per principal approval of specific courses. Often credits will come in 0.5 increments so it will most often take three P.E. classes to meet the requirements. Please see Ms. Cummings if this option is of interest. As a side note, sports do not fulfill the Physical Education school district graduation requirements. 

Fitness Plan and Assessment documents for Juniors and Seniors can all be found on the LWSD website through the link below. 

https://www.lwsd.org/programs-and-services/curriculum-instruction/high-school-guide/graduation-requirements/physical-education-credit-options

Health

The Lake Washington School District requires that students complete 0.5 credits (one semester) of Health Education. There are multiple options to complete the Health graduation requirements while attending ICS. 

  • ICS Health Online – Students may take Health through a district online class for a period of their school day during either their Junior or Senior year. Those who choose this option will need an available period in their school day for class placement. Students take Health for one semester and then can take on a T.A. position (Teacher’s Assistant) for the other semester. If interested, students must sign-up in February during registration– Free option
  • WANIC – Students can take the health course at the LW Tech: WANIC Skill Center in Kirkland during the summer. This is an in-class option where students go to class and work with a teacher. Sign-ups are usually around March/April – $50 cost
  • Online Health – Students can take the class through an online program outside of ICS and the district. This can be a flexible option where students can do it at their own pace and work on it anytime during high school. - $150+ (Online Programs – Red Comet, Keystone School, BYU, etc.)
  • Summer School Health – Students can take it at through the district summer school. – $450

**Please see Ms. Cummings if you are considering taking the course online or outside of ICS. 

Occupational Education (Occ. Ed.)

Students need 1.0 credit of Occupational Education (Occ. Ed.) during high school to graduate. Quite a few of our courses offer Occ. Ed. credit including Film Analysis, AP Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Graphic Production, AP Statistics, Anatomy and Physiology, Forensic Science, etc. Students will need to make sure they take one Occ. Ed. elective during their junior or senior year.  

Alternatively, the nearby Kirkland WANIC Skill Center offers summer classes for students and many of them can count towards Occupational Education credits. Classes taken through WANIC during the summer will automatically be added to your high school transcript. Students can look for sign-up information in March/April at WANIC.org