Course selection matters. Over their four years, students should create a rigorous – yet balanced – schedule. Keeping their academic and plans after graduation in mind, students should select the most challenging classes available to them, such as our district's honors or Advanced Placement courses.
Students shouldn't take a class just because their best friend is taking it or it's a course they think they need to get into college. Instead, take a look at the options available by clicking the link to the right to see our district's offerings. And, always confer with parents/guardians, teachers, and counseling staff.
Students shall be expected to earn a total of forty-six (46) semester credits at Coeur d’Alene High School, on a traditional schedule; forty-six (46) credits at Venture High School; and fifty-eight (58) credits at Lake City High School, on a block schedule for graduation from high school in order to complete graduation requirements. Special education students who have successfully completed their IEP leading to completion of high school will be awarded a diploma.
Coeur d’Alene School District Graduation Requirements
Secondary Language Arts and Communication: 9 credits
English (language study, composition, literature): 8 credits
- English 9 (2 credits)
- English 10 (2 credits)
- English 11 (2 credits)
- English 12 (2 credits )
Speech or Debate (1 credit )
Senior Project: 1 credit
Written and oral presentation by the end of 12th grade.
Mathematics: 6 credits*
- Integrated Mathematics 1 or other Algebra-based course that meets High School Algebra Content Standards (2 credits)
- Integrated Mathematics 2 or other Geometry-based course that meets High School Geometry Content Standards (2 credits)
- Two (2) credits of secondary mathematics of the student’s choice
*Two (2) credits of the required six (6) credits of mathematics must be taken in the last year of high school in which the student intends to graduate unless the student is exempt from this requirement. Refer to Board Policy 2700P1 for additional details.
Science: 6 credits*
- Biological Science (2 credits)
- Physical Science (2 credits)
- 1 additional course (2 credits)
*(4 credits shall be laboratory sciences)
Social Studies: 7 credits
- Government (2 credits)
- US History (2 credits)
- Economics (1 credit)
- World History (2 credits)
Arts and Humanities: 2 credits
Interdisciplinary Humanities, Fine Arts or World Language (2 credits)
Health/Wellness: 1 credit*
*For students who enter 9th grade in Fall 2015 or later, each student shall receive a minimum of 1 class period on psycho-motor cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as outlined in the American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for CPR to include the proper utilization of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) as part of the Health/Wellness course.
Physical Education: 1 credit
Technology (see requirements in 2700E): 1 credit
- Coeur d’Alene High School: 12 credits
- Lake City High School: 24 credits
- Venture High School: 12 credits
Additional Graduation Requirements
Students must participate in a variety of standardized assessments in order to graduate from an Idaho public school including the high school summative science assessment.
Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, Idaho students are required to take the United States Citizenship Test as outlined in Idaho Code §33-1602.7. The civics test may be taken at any time after enrolling in grade 7 and it may be repeated as often as necessary for the student to pass the test. Specific information is available on our district website, including testing windows and preparation materials.
College Entrance Exam:
According to Idaho State Board rule (and revised in 2013), all Juniors are required to take a college entrance examination, of which the ACT and/or SAT are recognized. In the Coeur d’Alene School District, Juniors are expected to take the SAT.
We invest in each student to prepare, challenge and advance well-educated, resilient and future-ready citizens.