505.6 Early Graduation

Generally, students will be required to complete the necessary course work and graduate from high school at the end of grade twelve.  Students may graduate prior to this time if they meet the minimum graduation requirements stated in board policy.

A student who graduates early will no longer be considered a student and will become an alumnus of the school district. 

Students should receive written approval from the secondary school guidance counselor, high school principal, and superintendent before making written application to the school board.  The board may require the student and his/her parent/guardians to meet with them before the board acts on the request.

Students and his/her parents/guardians who do choose early graduation must also agree to the following:

  • You must complete or show evidence of completing all graduation requirements as prescribed by the board before being recommended for early graduation.
  • You must have the counselor approve your credits and then present written documentation to the administration that you have successfully completed the credits required.
  • With your early graduation, the graduate may be able to participate in other activities such as prom as approved by the principal.
  • Early graduates may elect to return and participate in the graduation exercises, complete with cap and gown, and presentation of diploma.  Although the individual’s records will show the actual date of graduation, the diploma will not be awarded until the graduation of the entire class.

Legal Reference:        

Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3.

281 I.A.C. 12.3(5); 12(5)

Cross Reference:         505      Student Scholastic Achievement

Approved 10/20/2021                         Reviewed                                             Revised