The State of Washington has set additional requirements that students must meet before earning a high school diploma. Fast Track students must complete all the following requirements by the end of their final quarter in the Fast Track program in order to receive their high school diploma:
- Complete both Pacific Northwest History (HIST&214) and U.S. History (HIST&146; students taking U.S. History during Summer quarter 2014 should take HIST&136 instead). Students will complete these classes as part of their regular 90 credits Associate’s degree curriculum.
- Complete a High School and Beyond Plan (long-range career plan) with Seattle Central's Career Advising Center.
- Complete a culminating research project in a college level class (usually the research paper completed in ENG102). More information on the culminating research project will be available when students arrive at Seattle Central and meet with an academic advisor.
- Take one of the following standardized tests and meet the minimum scores required:
- SAT: Reading - 350, or Writing - 380
- Algebra 1 / Integrated Math 1 - 390, or Geometry / Integrated Math 2 - 400
- ACT: Reading - 13, or Writing - 15 (students must take the "ACT Plus Writing")
- Algebra 1 / Integrated Math 1 - 16, or Geometry / Integrated Math 2 - 17
- College Board AP Subject tests: score of 3 out of 5 in the following --
- Math (Calculus or Statistics)
- Writing (English Language and Composition) OR Reading (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology, United States History, World History, United States Government and Politics, or Comparative Government and Politics)
- Meet the Science requirement by passing one of the following AP examinations with a score of 3 or higher: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Environmental Science. This Science requirement is effective for students graduating in 2015 and beyond.*
Advisors recommend that students take a science class in the AP subjects (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Environmental Science) at Seattle Central before sitting for the AP exam.
* The IEP Division is currently working with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to find alternative ways to meet the Science graduation requirement. Updates will be provided as they are made available. In the meantine, students should plan on taking one of the AP examinations listed above.
For more information about registering for standardized tests, please visit our dedicated webpage.
Please note that students who will be 21 years old at the time they earn their Associate degree will not need to complete these special requirements to earn a high school diploma. Students who are 21 can be awarded the high school diploma once they complete the Associate degree requirements.