Graduation Requirements

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Credits & Graduation Requirements @ NVHS

Nooksack Valley High School operates on a two semester system with four grading periods.  Semester grades are given after the second and fourth quarters.  Those semester grades are the marks recorded on student transcripts and are the permanent grades for courses taken.

The high school is on a six period day schedule, with an advisory period on Tuesdays.  Students can earn 6.25 credits in a year (advisory credit is a total of .25 per year). One-half credit may be earned by successfully completing a class in a semester.  Therefore, as an example, one year of English would equal 1.0 credits.

Students will need to meet all of the following requirements 

in order to receive a Nooksack Valley High School diploma: 


  1. Earn 24 credits  (as outlined in table)


  1. ELA & Math High School Assessments Requirements 


  1. Washington State History Course Completion (typically completed in grade 7)


  1. Complete NV Capstone and present in senior year


  1. Complete a High School & Beyond Plan (HSBP)











Social Studies



Career & Technical Ed./Career (CTE)



Health (.5) & Fitness (1.5)



Art (or) 1 credit of Art and 1 credit of PPR



Second Language (or) 2 credits of PPR






Total Credits



Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR) are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student’s interests and High School and Beyond Plan.

*Up to 2 credits can be waived locally based upon a student’s circumstances (24 credits must be attempted).

NV Capstone information is on the high school website (click on Academics, Seniors, Capstone).

High School & Beyond Plans (HSBP) are currently being updated to satisfy new requirements and more information will be available soon.