On this page: Class Requirements, Blogging Requirements, Community Service Requirements, Laurel Service Requirements, and Portfolio Requirements.

Laurel Graduation Requirements

Laurel High School students are required to take 17.5 core classes and 11.5 elective classes; a student receives a “UNIT” to show that the class was taken successfully (a “unit” is comparable to a “credit” at a public school).  

The core class requirements are as follows:

  • English = 4 units/credits
  • Social studies = 3 units/credits (US History and Western Civilization required)
  • Math = 3 units/credits
  • Science = 3 units/credits
  • Foreign Language or Computer Science = 2 units/credits
  • Physical Education = 1 ½ units/credits (In three different years)
  • Personal Finance = ½ unit/credit
  • Health = ½ unit/credit
  • 36 hours of community service per year = ½ unit

Self Attendance/Blogging

Students are required to blog 80% of their class time (three of four days) -making an individual attendance record of their Laurel class time on the school blog detailing how they utilized the block time- for every class block taken at Laurel as a condition of passing the class. To read more about Blogging and Laurel Curriculum planning, click here. 


Community Service

All Laurel High School students are required to successfully complete 36 hours of community service during each school year. However, only 18 hours may be recorded for any one service project. This means each student will do two or more projects each year. To read more about Laurel Community Service, click here. 


Laurel Service

In addition to the community service requirement, Laurel students are also expected to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per year to help with Laurel enrichment. Parents may help contribute to their student’s Laurel Service.

Ways to earn Laurel Service hours include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping to set up and manage an “event, such as a play or an art fair
  • Significant Laurel cleaning
  • Setting up/taking down Laurel at the beginning and end of the year
  • Serving on a committee
  • Hosting a parent meeting (to include any prep work, such as cooking and cleaning) (parents)
  • Chaperoning a trip (parents)
  • Facilitating a class/tutoring (students or parents)
  • Helping with Back-to-School Night (August) or Laurel Open House (January)

Portfolio Requirements

FRESHMEN:

1) Class folders

2) Class plan for high school career

3) Community service log and reflection

4) Resume with three verbal recommendations

5) Testing results, where applicable

SOPHOMORES:

1) Class folders

2) Updated/revisited class plan for high school career

3) Community service log and reflection

4) Resume (updated) with three verbal recommendations

5) College information (contact with correspondence with at least two)

6) Testing results: WKCE, Plan, where applicable

7) Career exploration materials/career survey

JUNIORS:

1) Class folders

2) Updated/revisited class plan for high school career

3) Community service log and reflection

4) Resume (updated) with one written and two verbal recommendations

5) College information (contact w/correspondence at least three)

6) Testing results:  ACT, SAT, Compass where applicable

7) Reflection for post high school

SENIORS:

1) Class folders

2) Graduation portfolio with representative works of major/important classes

3) Community service log and reflection

4) Resume (updated) with three written and two verbal recommendations

*Resumes are to be updated each year (old copy kept to show improvement) and benchmarks are to be initialed for each class/subject by resource teacher.

**Portfolios should also contain any projects (or picture of) completed by the student.