During the 2013 legislative session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation providing new options and flexibility for high school students. The Early Graduation regulation is a result of Senate Bill 61 (2013) and is a companion to Senate Bill 97 (2013). To summarize the regulation, beginning in 2014-2015, Early Graduation will be possible for students who intend to move on an accelerated timeline through high school and graduate college ready before the typical four years of high school or age 18.
Early Graduation is a deliberate pathway for students that wish to move on when ready, receive a diploma from the district and be eligible for acceptance into a SACS accredited Kentucky public or non-profit two-or four-year college. The regulation provides a financial incentive, known as the Early Graduation Certificate, for the student to support this action.
Early Graduation is not for every student. The student will be required to complete a rigorous course of study with limited ability to take elective classes. The student should be a self-motivated student in good academic standing willing to undertake the time and energy to successfully complete the rigorous program.
* The regulation goes into effect during the 2014-2015 academic year.
* The Early Graduation regulation and statute state that the requirements of Early Graduation supersede any district requirements and the districts may not add on additional requirements.
* Students wishing to graduate early shall indicate that intent to the school principal at the beginning of grade 9 or as soon as the intent is known, but within the first thirty (30) school days of the academic year in which they wish to graduate.
* Early Graduation is an amendment to 704 KAR 3:305; Minimum requirements for high school which is a total of 22 credits
* Early Graduation is defined as a student meeting the performance criteria outlined in the regulation and doing so in three years or less from the date of first enrolling in grade nine of high school.
* The Intent form must be filled out and entered into the Individual Learning Plan no later than October 1st of the year the student’s declaration. The student status must also be flagged in IC.
* Early Graduation students will require monitoring and counseling to ensure they are on target and on track, student schedules may be affected by this intent.
* The Intent is not binding; students may revert to regular student status with the knowledge they have to meet the District’s minimum requirements and will not be eligible for the Early Graduation Certificate.