The Board will follow the graduation requirements adopted by the state Legislature and state Board of Education but reserves the right to increase the minimum standards.
7 units required for promotion to grade 10
14 units required for promotion to grade 11
21 required for promotion to grade 12
28 total units required for graduation
ACCESS Distance Learning (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide), an education initiative of the Alabama Department of Education, provides opportunities and options for Alabama high school students to engage in Advanced Placement (AP), elective, and other courses wo which they may not otherwise have access. Any student entering the ninth grade during the 2009-2010 school or later must have at least one distance Learning Course on his/her transcript in order to receive a diploma.
In accordance with the guidelines of the Alabama Department of Education, the Lowndes County Public School System will offer students who have received a failing grade average of 40 through 59 in courses that are required for graduation an opportunity to recover the lost credit through a standards-based approach that will target specific knowledge and skill deficits instead of requiring the student to repeat the entire course. Such students must meet the eligibility requirements to apply. Both parent/guardian and the student must sign a contract regarding the terms of this program.
Promotion and Retention Policy
The Board instructs the Superintendent to develop and maintain instructional objectives and performance standards for each grade level within the School District. Parents/Guardians and students shall be made aware of the objectives and standards at the beginning of each school year via the use of written communication and the InformationNOW (INOW) Periodically during the year, parents and students shall be provided written and oral evaluation reports during teacher-parent conferences indicating the student's progress.
Promotion of a student from one grade to the next shall be based soley on that individual student's achievement of the minimum skills necessary to qualfity for promotion and on regular school attendance.
DUAL ENROLLMENT/DUAL CREDIT FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Institutions within the Alabama College System are authorized to establish dula enrollment/dual credit programs with local boards of education in the college service area. Courses offered by postsecondary institutions shall be of postsecondary level and enrolled students must pay normal tuition as required by the postsecondary institution, or as stipulated if a contract for services between the two levels. The tuition may be paid by a Board sponsored program. A student is eligible for dual enrollment/dual credit if the student meets the following criteria:
- The student must meet the entrance requirements established by institutions of postsecondary education.
- The student must have a 3.0 average in completed high school courses.
- The student must have written approval of the appropriate principal and the local superintendent of education.
- The student must be in grade 10, 11, 12, or have an exception granted by the participating postsecondary institution upon the recommendation of the studentts' principal and superintendent and in accordance with Alabama Administrative Code 290-8-9-17 regarding gifted and talented students. ( See the Student Handbook for additional informaton)
Diplomas and Certificates Issued
ALL students shall earn the required creditis for the Alabama High School Diploma. The local school board of education may establish requirements for receipt of diplomas and endorsements, but any endorsement shall include the requirements of the Alabama High School Diploma.
Eligibility for participation in graduation exercises
In order to participate in graduation exercises, all students must complete and fulfill all requirements for graduation in accordance with the selected diploma type selected.