John Glenn School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies


It shall be the policy of the School Board to acknowledge each student's successful completion of the instructional program appropriate to the achievement of School Corporation goals and objectives as well as personal proficiency by the awarding of a diploma or a certificate of achievement at appropriate ceremonies.

The Board shall award a high school diploma to every student enrolled in this Corporation who meets the requirements of graduation established by this Board as required by the State of Indiana. All instructors shall meet the requirements established by State law for teaching a course for which graduation credit is awarded.

The Corporation may award a Core 40 diploma, a Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma, or a Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma. A general diploma may be awarded by the Corporation to students who complete the formal opt-out process.

The Board shall issue a diploma for a deceased student at the request of a parent (as defined in I.C. 20-18-2-13) of the student if the student:



died while enrolled in grade 12 of a school in the school corporation; and



was academically eligible or on track to meet the requirements for the diploma at the time of death.

A student who is issued a diploma pursuant to this provision may not be considered a graduate for purposes of I.C. 20-26-13.

Students with disabilities who properly complete the programs specified in their I.E.P. and have received the recommendation of the Case Conference may participate in graduation activities and shall be awarded a diploma, a certificate of achievement, or a certificate of course completion.

The Board shall award a certificate of achievement to a student who is on a nondiploma track as determined by that studentís case conference committee and indicated on the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP).

The Board shall award a certificate of course completion to a student who completes the minimum courses required for high school graduation but does not meet the Graduation Qualifying Examination requirement.

Additional Requirements for Students with Disabilities

During the studentís annual case review held when a student with a disability is enrolled in 8th grade, the case conference committee shall review and discuss with the student's parent (and the student, if appropriate):



the types of diplomas available for students to receive in the State of Indiana;



the course requirements for each type of diploma; and



employment and career options for the student and the type of academic, technical, and vocational preparation necessary to achieve the employment or career.

The student's IEP must include the type of diploma the student will seek and courses that will allow the student to progress toward the diploma in a timely manner.

Beginning in grade 9 and in addition to the annual case review, the student's teacher of record shall communicate at least once each grading period with the student's parent concerning the student's progress toward the selected diploma. If the parent requests a meeting with the teacher of record to discuss the student's progress, the teacher must meet with the parent in a timely manner. Such a meeting does not constitute a case conference committee meeting, and a request for such a meeting does not abrogate a parent's right to call for a meeting of the case conference committee at any time.

Each student is required to meet:



the academic standards tested in the graduation examination;



the Core 40 course and credit requirements adopted by the State Department of Education;



additional graduation requirements established by the Board of School Trustees.

Upon the request of the studentís parents, the student may be exempted from the Core 40 curriculum requirements and be required to complete the general curriculum to graduate as required by State law.

Commencement exercises will include those students who are eligible for a diploma, certificate of achievement or certificate of course completion and who will receive a diploma as certified by the high school principal. No student who has completed the requirements for graduation shall be denied a diploma or a certificate of achievement as a disciplinary measure. A student may be denied participation in the ceremony when personal conduct so warrants.

Students who fail to produce a Senior Exit Portfolio will not be granted participation in commencement ceremonies. The diploma or certificate of achievement earned will be granted on the first regular school day following graduation.

I.C. 20-26-5-37
I.C. 20-32-4-1 through 10
I.C. 20-32-4-13
I.C. 20-35-4-11
511 IAC 6-7.1-4 through 7

Revised 1/19/00
Revised 3/3/04
Revised 12/21/05
Revised 3/1/16
Revised 2/21/17
Revised 12/5/17

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