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Graduation Requirements

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The Oregon School District Portrait of a Graduate encompasses the characteristics, attributes and skills we wish for our students to possess by the time they graduate from Oregon High School.

The Portrait of a Graduate is embedded throughout all schools and the journey to this vision begins the moment a student enters the Oregon School District.

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The Oregon School District will provide an educational experience designed to help each student reach their full potential. We endeavor that students learn and master academic content, form meaningful relationships and develop the skills, aptitudes and characteristics important to meeting the challenges they may face in building rewarding lives. By the time of graduation, students must demonstrate Competency and have a strong foundation built through Character & Culture, Critical & Creative Thinking, and Community upon which to move forward as a member of their community and a global society.

Portrait of a Graduate: Community, Character & Culture, Critical & Creative Thinking, Competency

Competency - Graduates exhibit mastery of all assigned and self-selected learning standards as outlined in Board Policy 411.01.

Character & Culture - Graduates exhibit traits that build a foundation leading to success in any chosen future and contribute to a caring and inclusive community.

  • Understanding the importance of respecting individual and cultural diversity.
  • Empathy, including a willingness to seek and understand the perspective of others.
  • Ability to employ strategies that support their own physical and mental wellness.
  • Awareness to recognize an injustice and advocate for oneself and others.
  • Adaptability, flexibility, and perseverance in the pursuit of meaningful educational, career, and personal goals.
  • Anticipation and acceptance of the consequences of their actions.
  • Motivation, curiosity, and the inspiration to be a lifelong learner.
  • Skills necessary to be self-sufficient, including a knowledge base in personal finances.

Critical & Creative Thinking - Graduates think critically and creatively in a variety of situations.

  • Ability to gather and analyze information while evaluating source credibility.
  • Ability to utilize critical thinking to identify and solve problems.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively on a variety of levels (e.g., cognitively, intellectually, and socially).
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently.

Community - Graduates display the skills and understanding necessary to learn from and contribute to local and global communities.

  • Understanding and appreciation of the importance of being a responsible community member who exchanges ideas respectfully and values the input of ideas different from their own.
  • Understanding of the manner in which our government operations at the local, state, national and global level.
  • Ecological literacy and an understanding of the importance of sustainability and being a responsible environmental steward.
  • Willingness to pursue opportunities such a club and extra-curricular participation, mentorships, internships, and community service activities.
  • Employing digital citizenship - responsible use of the Internet and technology - when engaging with society.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with others via a variety of mediums.

Credit Requirements

A minimum of 23 credits are required for graduation that include the following:

  • Four credits in English. These credits must include English 9, 10, 11, and one credit of English selective.
  • Three credits in social studies. These credits must include US History (one credit) and World Civilizations (one credit).*
  • Three credits of mathematics.
  • Three credits of science.
  • One and a half credits of physical education. These must include Fitness Foundations 9 and one credit of PE electives.
  • Half a credit of health, preferably taken in the sophomore year.
  • Half a credit of personal finance
  • 40 hours (10 per year) of community service.

* For the Class of 2027 and beyond: ½ credit Political Science

Graduation Planning Sheet


Community Service

All students are required to volunteer for 40 hours of community service before graduation. Students are responsible for organizing and documenting volunteer hours. These hours can be done at any time during their high school career.