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Graduation

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

OVCA students must complete 23 credits, participate in all assigned state testing, and complete the financial literacy requirements to be eligible for graduation from OVCA. At least 25% (6 credits) of the required credits for graduation must be completed while enrolled at OVCA. As with all other credits, these may be earned through OVCA courses, Career Tech Courses or concurrent enrollment.
 

CREDIT REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATION

In accordance with the Achieving Classroom Excellence Act of 2005 (70 O.S. § 11- 103.6) and Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy standards, students must complete the requirements of the college preparatory/work readiness curriculum to graduate from OVCA unless the student’s parent approves the student to enroll in the core curriculum. Successful completion of either curriculum will result in a student receiving a standard diploma. To enroll your student in the core curriculum, please complete the curriculum choice form located in the appendix. Your student’s counselor can help your student choose the best graduation path for their future needs.

Students must earn the following credits to graduate using the core curriculum. 
Parent permission is required to enroll a student in the core curriculum.
 
Picture: Core Graduation Requirements
 
For other graduating classes, see OSDE High School Graduation Checklists
 
 

Students must earn the following credits to graduate using College Preparatory/Work Ready Curriculum:

 
Picture: College Prep/Work Ready Diploma Graduation Requirements
 
For other graduating classes, see OSDE High School Graduation Checklists
 

TESTING REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATION

In accordance with the requirements of 70 O.S. Section 1210.508, beginning July 1, 2016, students will no longer be required to pass end of instruction tests to graduate high school unless Oklahoma law requires otherwise.
 
Students entering ninth grade during or after the 2016-2017 school year will be required to participate in the OVCA approved assessments mandated by state law to complete graduation requirements.
 
Every high school student shall participate in the Math, English and Science state assessments to graduate from OVCA. Students entering ninth grade during or after the 2017-2018 school year must also complete the US History state test prior to graduation.
 
Additionally, OVCA may require students to meet any other high school graduation testing requirements as may be developed and adopted by the Oklahoma State Board of Education pursuant to 70 O.S. Section 1210.508(A).
 
To the extent allowed by law and approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Head of School may grant exceptions to the testing requirement for graduation or require participation in district level testing to satisfy the testing requirement for graduation for extenuating circumstances on a case by case basis.
 

PERSONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATION

Students must complete and demonstrate satisfactory knowledge in 14 areas of instruction related to financial literacy, including such topics as credit card debt, saving money, interest, balancing a checkbook, understanding loans, identity theft, and earning an income to graduate from a public high school in Oklahoma. OVCA offers Personal Financial Literacy as an elective credit. Lessons throughout the semester course will cover the required components of financial literacy. Students assessed with alternative standards through the Oklahoma Alternative Assessment Program (OAAP) may demonstrate mastery of the PFL standards if they meet the following criteria: 1) receives substantive and substantial instruction in life-skills curriculum, and 2) demonstrates the acquired knowledge of the student by alternative measures as required by the IEP.
 
Additionally, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency with all 14 areas in a game-based program over the summer break. Counselors will notify qualifying students before summer break begins by email with further details.
 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER ACADEMIC PLAN (ICAP)

Oklahoma law now requires students to gradate high school prepared for the workforce or a post high school education plan. ICAP items will include but are not limited to career interest surveys, goal setting, job applications, job shadowing/internships, scholarship applications, financial aid planning, community service, and completing the FAFSA. Components of ICAP will be interweaved into students’ English courses, and students will earn grades for the items completed. Further details and instruction will be provided by the teacher.

All students in grades 9-11 are required to complete items for their ICAP. Students will see a one-semester ICAP course on their course list and should follow all due dates. Each student will have an ICAP teacher assigned to them or you may contact our college and career readiness coordinator, Katie McAskill at kamcaskill@okvirtual.org.
For more information, please visit the State Department of Oklahoma’s website:
https://sde.ok.gov/documents/2017-08-29/what-is-icap
 

GRADUATION CEREMONY

OVCA hosts an in-person 12th grade graduation ceremony in May of each year. Parents often organize a graduation for Kindergarten, 5th and 8th graders. If you are interested in organizing a graduation for Kindergarten, 5th or 8th grade, please contact your Community Family Advisor.

The location of High School graduation will be determined each year by the board and administration. Attendance and participation are optional, but students are required to purchase and wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. Caps and gowns will be purchased through a vendor selected by the school. Pricing and ordering information will be given to students in advance. Please contact your Community Family Advisor if you would like to participate in graduation but purchasing the cap and gown would cause hardship.
 
Students meeting at least one of the following criteria will be invited to participate in the May ceremony:
  • Have earned a minimum of 23 credits and participated in all required state exams as outlined above by the end of May.
  • Have earned a minimum of 22 credits and participated in all required state exams PLUS agree to enroll in summer school to complete that last 1 credit.
  • Completed all graduation requirements and officially graduated in December.
 
Students may graduate in December of their senior year if they enter the year needing 3 or fewer credits to graduate and the only year-long course needed is English 4 (British Literature). Students will take both first and second semesters of English 4 in the fall, plus four additional courses to equal a full-time student.
 
Students wishing to graduate early must be approved to do so prior to the start of the school year. There is not a separate graduation ceremony for December graduates.
 

HONOR GRADUATES/ VALEDICTORIANS AND SALUTATORIANS

Honor Graduates will be recognized as those students who have a minimum of a 3.75 weighted grade point average. The Valedictorian for the senior class will be the student(s) having the highest weighted grade point average and ranked first in his/her graduating class. The Salutatorian will be the student(s) with the second highest weighted grade point average and ranked second in his/her graduating class. To qualify as a Valedictorian or Salutatorian, the student must be enrolled with OVCA at the beginning of the fall semester of his/her senior year. Cumulative grade point average through the fall semester of the senior year will be used to determine all graduation honors.
 

 

This information is from the Board-approved OVCA Handbook for SY 2021-2022