Joint School District No.2 high schools are accredited by both the State of Idaho and the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. As a member of these associations, Meridian Schools meet the requirements for graduation as established by both of these organizations. Graduation requirements are listed below.
English 8 credits
Speech/Debate 1 credit
Mathematics 6 credits**
Lab Science 6 credits*
Global Perspectives 1 credit
U.S. History 4 credits
American Government 2 credits
Economics 1 credit
Physical Education 2 credits
Health 1 credit
(foreign language, music, visual arts, drama) 2 credits
Electives 22+ credits
Total 56 credits
Students must also be proficient on ISATs and the Senior Project.
*Shall include instruction in Biology; Physical Science or Chemistry; Earth, Space, Environmental, or an approved applied science.
**Students must also be proficient in Geometry and take/pass 2 credits of math their senior year.
How does a junior know they are on track to graduate?
Counselors meet individually with their juniors in the Spring to do a Junior Conference. At this time counselors evaluate transcripts to make sure all graduation requirements are met. Seniors are surveyed to discuss post high school plans and whether they have taken a college entrance exam (ACT or SAT). Students are supplied the forms to register for ACT and SAT if applicable. Credits are reviewed and schedules are adjusted for missing classes. If there are missing classes, then a plan is implemented so the credits can be taken through correspondence or night school.
Is it possible to graduate early?
Yes, students may decide to graduate a semester or a year early. Students who are interested in graduating early must meet with their counselor to be sure they meet the eligibility criteria and make a graduation plan. Parents are encouraged to attend the meeting so they have a clear picture of what is expected. If the student is graduating a year early, then they must write a letter to the principal for confirmation and get permission to take senior classes.