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Joint Diploma Program

Joint Diploma Program

History
The Joint Diploma Program was conceived to address high school graduation requirements for older students who are credit deficient for various reasons and who have the academic ability to be successful in a college level course. Students must complete at least one college level course and must show mastery in math, Science, History, and English and must be recommended by the high school counselor. 
 
Progress & Grade Policy
Attendance and academic performance must be maintained in order to remain in the Joint Diploma Program. Students will earn letter grades and lack of progress or poor attendance will result in a teacher-counselor conference to determine ways to improve performance. Failing grades in half of the subjects taken will result in a review of educational goals.

Attendance Policy
Attendance for Joint Diploma students is closely monitored. After arriving at an approved academic schedule, both conselors and teachers will be notified after any absence to determine the reason for absence and should the student have three consecutive absences in any class, he or she will be dropped from the program. Students are admonished to keep up with all course work and to maintain a clear attendance record.

Requirements for Consideration for the Joint Diploma Program
In order to be considered for the Joint Diploma Option, credit deficient students must:
• Have passing scores on both Math and English portions of the CAHSEE,
• Be at least 17 years old
• Take an accredited college course.
 
Option 2 Joint High School Diploma Requirements
In order to receive a Joint High School Diploma (Option 2) from the San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) program in cooperation with the San Diego Unified School District, students must earn a minimum of 24 credits. Credit may be given for previous course work completed at other schools. The required course work is as follows:
  • 1 credit in American Literature
  • 5 credits in English
  • 6 credits in Social Studies (World History 1-2, U.S. History 1-2, U.S. Government, Economics)
  • 4 credits in Mathematics to include Algebra 1-2, or equivalent
  • 4 credits in Science to include Biology 1-2
  • 2 credits in Practical Arts (some work experience may be used)
  • 2 credits in Visual or Performing Arts or Foreign Language or a combination
  • Competency in Computer Literacy
  • Senior Exhibition
  • Minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0
Additional Resources
Students who are 18 years old up to 19 years eleven months and who were not enrolled a previous semester in the San Diego Unified School District should contact one of the San Diego Continuing Education Campuses. Students of this age range who were enrolled in a previous semester in San Diego Unified School District are eligible to contact one of the many High School Diploma Programs in the district. Garfield High School houses a High School Diploma Program.