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2020 Graduation Dates/Information

All Olympia School District High School graduations will be live-streamed this year. You can find this content on the OSD Facebook Page at the given time (see details below). Simply 'like' our Facebook page and tune in at graduation time to view the live stream. You can then 'share' our live stream on Facebook so your family and friends can easily find it and tune in.

 

Transition Academy/Project Search: Friday, June 5

  • Pre-Recorded Virtual Graduation: Video Premiere on the OSD Facebook page at 7 p.m.
  • Zoom 'Graduation After Party': Live-streamed on the OSD Facebook page at 8:15 p.m.

 

Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA): Tuesday, June 9

 

Capital High School: Saturday, June 13

 

Avanti High School: Saturday, June 13

 

Olympia High School: Saturday, June 27

  • Details are still being finalized for possible in-person graduation. This is entirely dependent on whether Thurston County is officially in Phase 3 of the 'Safe Start Plan'

  • Regardless, graduation will be live-streamed on the OSD Facebook page at 2:30 p.m.

 


  

Information on this page is general in nature for the Class of 2020. High school counseling staff and building administrators are available to provide information specific to each school.


We know seniors are concerned about graduation and how to meet requirements. We are working closely with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Education to provide reasonable pathways for our senior class, and our goal is to graduate every senior student.

 

During the long-term closure, schools will continue to work with seniors to ensure they remain “on-track” to graduate and provide opportunities to complete credits for graduating on time. Students should make reasonable effort to complete courses as directed by their teachers. Seniors who were not on track to graduate and need to make up a credit should contact the school counselor. School counselors are reviewing all options to help students meet graduation requirements.

 

Visit your high school Counseling Center webpage for contact information.

 

  


 

SENIOR FAQS

Answers to frequently asked questions. We will continue to add to the list as we get more questions and more answers. In many cases your high school administrators, counselors and teaching staff will be the best source of information.

 

GRADUATION CEREMONIES

2019 OHS Graduation

We continue to monitor guidance as it is provided by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction throughout the duration of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive.

 

 

With the closure of schools being announced for the remainder of the school year, we do not know yet what this will mean for traditional graduation ceremonies and other related events in June. We will keep seniors and their families updated as we learn more information.

 

We recognize there is a lot of uncertainty in the air and we want to be proactive as a district. That being said, high schools may be working with the Class of 2020 to come up with alternative plans for celebrating our soon to be graduates in the event there are cancellations.

 

In honor of our Class of 2020, OSD will turn on the lights at Ingersoll Stadium and Swarthout Field on Friday, April 17th at 8:20 pm (20:20) and join other schools in Washington State in recognizing this year’s class of 2020. This unique class will shine bright!

 

Will students get their cap and gown?

Cap and gowns will be mailed directly to the student's address on file with the school district.

 

How will yearbooks be distributed?

Yearbooks will be mailed home to the student's address on file with the school district.  Your high school will provide more details on estimated time of arrival toward the end of the school year.

How will graduation honors be announced?

To be determined.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

 

Credits

2019 Avanti HS Graduation

In accordance with OSPI and the State Board of Education guidelines, we are developing a plan to support seniors in earning credits for classes they are currently enrolled in, as well as any others they need to meet graduation requirements. Students and families should check their Olympia School District email frequently to stay up-to-date on the most current information from their school, teachers and counselors.

 

Flexibility for graduating seniors State Board of Education

 

 

The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) approved emergency rules Wednesday, April 8 that allow flexibility and local-approval following extensive school building closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In the days to come the district will provide guidance based on the new emergency rules.

 

How will the State Board of Education application for emergency waiver impact seniors?

The State Board of Education adopted emergency rules that allow school districts to apply for greater flexibility in awarding a diploma to high school seniors impacted by closures.

 

Students on track to graduate prior to February 29, meaning they were enrolled in all necessary courses to meet the 22 credit graduation requirement and make reasonable efforts to complete the courses by the end of the school year, may be eligible for a waiver of credits in the event there are deficiencies. Eligibility for use of waiver of credits will be determined by school counselor and principal. The waiver should not be necessary for most students who were on-track to graduate prior to the governor's declaration of emergency and continue to make a good faith effort to complete their courses. Please check out the Emergency Graduation Rules, Waivers FAQs for more details.

 

Can students still get a physical education credit waiver?

Please contact the school counselor for more information.

 

STATE ASSESSMENT (SBA)

Per previous OSPI guidance, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) will not be administered statewide for grades 3–8 nor grade 10 as previously scheduled for this Spring.
Students in the Class of 2020 who have not yet met the graduation pathway requirement may be eligible for the Expedited Assessment Appeal, which may be used to waive the pathway requirement.

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND PLANS

ORLA Graduation 2019Seniors will need to complete their High School & Beyond Plan, per graduation requirements. We are working on a plan to support students completing their plans while schools are closed. You will be contacted by your Career Center staff soon to determine your status completing the HSBP for 2020.

 

How will the school closures impact my college plans?

 

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND TESTING

 

ACT

Please check the ACT website for updates regarding testing.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Testing

The College Board recently shared information regarding their plans for the 2020 AP Exams, Please refer to the AP Coronavirus Updates page for additional information.

 

College in the High School

Yes, students enrolled in College in the High School courses can finish the program and earn college credit. Please work with your teacher to determine the balance of work required to earn credit.

 

CTE Dual Credit (college credit for earning “B” or better) in Approved Courses.

CTE teachers are working to ensure all standards are met for qualified CTE dual credit courses. Please reach out to your CTE teachers for the most current information.

 

Capital HS Graduation 2019International Baccalaureate (IB) Testing

The International Baccalaureate Organization announced that May exams for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Program will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Read the announcement on the International Baccalaureate website. Depending on what students registered for, students will be awarded a Diploma or Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. Additional information about fees and make-up exams are available on the International Baccalaureate COVID-19 (coronavirus) Updates page.

 

Running Start

Spring quarter Running Start is in process. If you haven’t confirmed registration for the Spring quarter, please contact your school counselor ASAP.

 

New Market Skills Center

New Market instructors began distance learning instruction a week prior to spring break. They are committed to working with you and your high school staff, as we work through these adjustments.
If you have not replied to an email from your child’s New Market teacher, please do so. If you don’t have email access, please call your teacher who's contact information can be found on the New Market Skills Center website and leave a message to let them know the best way to contact you.

New Market’s last day of school is June 19.

 

For students who need to meet their Graduation Pathway requirement through successful completion of an Advanced Placement class, a College in the High School course, or a Running Start course, will they still be able to graduate?

Students will still be able to complete these classes, earn credit, and thereby meet their Graduation Pathway requirement. There are other options to meet the pathway as well, including a waiver, and these can be found on the OSPI website. School counselors are available to discuss options.

 

Can I finish an online course?

Yes, please work with your counselor or teacher to verify your status. Your school counselor and teacher can be contacted by email or phone. Please visit your high school Counseling Center webpage or the high school staff directory for contact information.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

 

Transition Academy Graduation 2019For a student who has received financial aid award letters from the colleges and needs support understanding them, who can they contact?

Students can reach out to school Career Centers for this type of support. They can also access resources on the web such as the Washington Student Achievement Council. College financial aid offices are also great ways to get information.

How will students receive assistance with scholarship applications?

Students should continue to work with high school Career Center staff to review scholarship opportunities. Students should contact teachers directly via email to request recommendation letters and provide the information necessary for teachers to complete the request in a timely way. Students should continue to pursue scholarships.

 

Visit your high school Career Center webpage for contact information and details about financial aid, scholarships and High School and Beyond Plan.

 

How can I get a copy of my transcript? 

Please contact your high school registrar to submit a request.

 


For Avanti transcript requests, please contact Brenda Beck at bbeck@osd.wednet.edu.

 

Refunds

 

How do I get a refund for fees I have paid already to my child’s school?

With the Governor’s proclamation that schools will not re-open for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, and also, that spring sports are canceled, we will be refunding many of the school fees and pay-to-play fees. Spring pay-to-play fees will be automatically refunded and are underway. Families that would like an ASB refund (where cards were purchased just for the spring season), a lunch account refund, or a different type of refund, please email Help-Business@osd.wednet.edu. In the email, please list the item for refund, the child’s name and school associated with the fee, and your contact information. Refunds will be made based on the original form of payment; credit card payments will be refunded to the credit card. Payments made by check or cash will be refunded via a check, mailed to the student’s home.