If your child plans to get a diploma, they must meet the graduation requirements. It's important to plan ahead.
Each year, you and the IEP team should look at your child's goals as you wrote them in the IEP, and at their progress in school.
Based on that, you will decide if a regular diploma is a reasonable goal. Then you must make sure to map out a class schedule and a set of supports that will help your child achieve that.
High School Diploma:
- For students who can fulfill the regular graduation requirements, even if they need support.
Certificate of Achievement (or Certificate of Completion):
- For students with more severe challenges who are not able to fulfill the regular graduation requirements.
- These do not have as many benefits as a diploma.