Washington State Graduation Requirements include four components:
- High School Credit Requirements
- Culminating Project/Senior Project – Completed through 12th Grade Advisory
- High School & Beyond Plan – Completed through Advisory
- Meet standard on current State Testing Requirements
Foster High Credit Requirements
|WA St. History**||0**|
* Science requires that two credits be from a lab science, with one credit of the lab sciences being an Algebra based lab science (Inquiry II, Chemistry, or Physics).
**The content for Washington State History (WSH) is a state graduation requirement and must be completed sometime during grades 7 – 12, but Foster High School credit is not required. If WSH is taken in middle school, documentation must be on file.
*** Minimum requirement for college admission is 2.0 credits of the same world language.
Culminating Project and High School and Beyond Plan
The senior culminating project consists of many components of a student’s Senior Advisory. Three examples are: a research and writing component, a formal presentation, and a comprehensive portfolio. The focus of the research and presentation may vary from academy to academy. Seniors must pass all components of the culminating project to be eligible for graduation. The High School and Beyond Plan details students’ future goals and maps out appropriate high school courses that are aligned with their post-secondary plans.
Grading and Earning Credit
Foster’s school year is divided into two semesters of 18 weeks (90 school days) each. Final grades and credit are given at the end of each semester. These are posted on the student’s transcript and determine his/her grade point average (GPA). In addition, a progress report is issued approximately every four weeks to indicate the student’s progress toward earning credit in each course.
Under Foster High School’s instructional schedule, 0.5 credit is awarded per semester for each class. Students who pass six classes each semester earn 6.0 credits for the year.
|Grade||Grade Point Value||Percentage|
|A||4.0||Greater than 93%|
|W||Withdrew From Class, No Credit|
Honor Roll Requirements
Honor Roll is posted at the end of each semester.
3.75 – 4.0: Highest Honors
3.50 – 3.749:Honors
The Running Start Program was initiated by the Legislature as a component of the 1990 parent and student “Choice” Act (Chapter 9, Laws of 1990, 1st Ex. Sess.). It is intended to provide students a program option consisting of attendance at local community colleges and the simultaneous earning of high school and college/university credit. Credits can also be transferred to other college and universities in Washington. Schools cover tuition costs; students and families need to pay for books, transportation, lab fees, and any other costs other than tuition. For eligible Running Start students, the district will award 1.0 high school credit for each five credit college-level class. Classes must be approved by the guidance counselor.
To be eligible for Running Start students must:
- Be of junior standing, with the correct number of credits.
- Take the Compass Test (placement test) at the community college student plans to attend.
The majority of students at Foster High School attend Highline Community College and South Seattle Community College. Counselors and advisors will provide information regarding Running Start in the spring for sophomores, juniors, and parents and guardians.
Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC)
(Formerly known as Occupational Skills Center)
Juniors and seniors at Foster High School have the opportunity to spend half of their school day at PSSC in a Vocational Education program. PSSC offers over 15 different vocational programs, many of these programs also offer Tech Prep credits and various certifications. Programs include but are not limited to: Electronics Technology, Computer Network Systems, Multimedia & Information Technology, DigiPen Video Game Programming & Animation, Engineering Design Technology, Criminal Justice, Fire Services, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design & Marketing, Human Resource Management, Dental Careers, Martine Technology, Medical Careers, Pilot Training/Aviation Careers, Veterinary Careers, Auto Body Technology, Automotive Technology, and Construction Technology. Counselors and advisors will provide information regarding PSSC in the spring for sophomores, juniors, and parents and guardians.
The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a cooperative educational endeavor among secondary schools, colleges and universities, and the College Board. It gives high school students exposure to college level material through involvement in an AP course, and it gives them an opportunity to show what they have learned by taking an AP exam. Colleges and universities are then able to grant credit, placement, or both to these students. A student who earns a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam is generally considered qualified to receive credit for the equivalent course at most colleges and universities that give credit for AP exams. The student should contact the four-year institution that he/she plans to attend to determine if the credit will transfer. There is a fee for the exam, however scholarships may be available.
Students may be able to take advantage of additional elective credits through Service Learning projects. Students involved in Service Learning can earn .5 credits with 75 hours of work or 1.0 credits for every 150 hours worked. Service Learning includes many forms of volunteering such as being an after school tutor, coach, etc. Service Learning must be pre-approved by a Foster counselor and the Foster Service Learning supervisor.
Can I change my schedule?
Schedule change requests are accepted during the first five days of the semester. Students are expected to select their six classes in a serious and responsible manner. Every effort will be made to schedule students into their selected courses. For a schedule change to be considered, one of the following must apply:
- The student has an unassigned period.
- The student’s current schedule causes a conflict with scheduling Running Start / PSSC.
- The student needs be placed in a more appropriate course level.
- The student is missing a graduation requirement.
- The student is missing a college entrance requirement.
No other reasons for schedule changes will be considered (i.e. change in electives / teachers).
An appeal may be made to the appropriate administrator if extenuating circumstances need to be considered. This policy includes part-time students as well.
Can I drop a course?
Courses dropped by a student after the first 10 school days of the semester will be given an “F” grade. Exceptions require approval from the principal, course department head, and classroom teacher.
What if my grade needs to be changed?
Grade changes are allowed only when:
- A student received an “I” (incomplete) and the work was completed and course requirements were met within the allowed time period.
- There was a teacher error in recording the grade.
- A course and grade were not recorded at all.
If the grade change meets the above criteria, please ask your teacher to fill out the appropriate form in the counseling office.
If an incomplete grade is received at the grading period, the student and teacher need to complete an Incomplete Grade Form outlining what work needs to be completed by the student to receive the final grade. This make-up work must be completed within 10 school days after the student receives his/her report card, unless there is an exception granted by the teacher and principal. If the required work is not completed, the grade is automatically converted to an “F”. No incompletes are allowed at the end of the second semester.
Can I repeat a course?
A student may repeat a course to improve their grade or advance. Both courses must remain listed on the transcript. After completing the course, the student has two options:
- Change the first grade’s GPA points (attempted & earned) to zero. The grade point average will no longer be affected by this score.
- Keep the lower grade and use it as an elective credit (if credit was earned). Both grades will be averaged into the grade point average.
Repeating a course is dependent upon availability. Students must submit a Repeat Course Form after completing the repeated course to benefit from Option 1 above.
The high school principal may waive specific course requirements above the state minimum course requirements for students with special circumstances, pursuant to the policies of the Tukwila School Board of Directors. Such waived requirements shall be noted on the student’s permanent record.
A waiver of the PE requirement is possible, but not granted automatically. A PE waiver may be granted for a physical disability, religious belief, participation in an organized athletic program, or academic requirements. Students must submit a PE Waiver Request Form to the principal for approval. The waiver request form must be signed by a parent or guardian.
The Health requirement cannot be waived.
A student may submit a written request to waive non-statutory or local course requirements to the principal. The principal may waive requirements when it is in the best interest of the student. When a course requirement is waived, it will be recorded on the student’s transcript.