• End of year dates and expectations for seniors

     All High school principals and assistant principles   |  Deadline: Through June 3

    High school staff should be advised of the following dates for seniors:
    • Exams and grade entry
      • Senior final exams: May 17 − 19
      • Make-up day for final exams: May 20
      • PTG sync for senior grades: May 20 − 24
      • Senior report card distribution: May 26 − 27
    • Graduation dates and attendance requirements:
      • Official graduation date: May 20
      • End date and last day of required attendance for graduates: May 20
      • Deadline for schools to certify graduates: May 26
      • Graduation validation: May 27 − June 3
      • Graduation ceremonies: begin June 3

    Please note that graduates are expected to attend school through Friday, May 20. Students who will not graduate in June are expected to attend school through Tuesday, June 21. Schools MUST take accurate attendance for non-graduates through June 21.  Please refer to the Step by Step Graduation Validation Guide to help you accurately graduate your seniors.  

    High school seniors who are not eligible for graduation, according to SMS by Thursday, May 26, should continue to attend their scheduled courses for the duration of the school year. This includes seniors needing to complete Biology Bridge Projects and any projects completed after the final Bridge scoring deadline will be scored during the summer months. Students who meet graduation requirements after May 20, but prior to the end of the school year, may graduate in August without attending summer school.

    Due to the transition to PARCC, The Maryland State Department of Education has changed the high school assessment requirements for seniors. Students are required to meet the HSA Biology testing requirement by achieving a score of 400 or higher. This requirement can also be satisfied in a number of other ways including:

    • Meeting the requirements via combined score
    • Meeting via Bridge project;
    • Taking either the HSA or PARCC Algebra I exam
    • Taking either the HSA or PARCC English 10 exam.

    Note: Students are not required to take the HSA Government exam, however, it can go towards a combined score for meeting the Biology requirement.

    City Schools has adjusted the high school transcript and Graduation Status Report to reflect these changes. Now available in SMS, principals and counselors can access a new official transcript form for 12th graders which remains as the official report for distribution to colleges and universities, potential employers, and other organizations requiring transcripts from students. In addition, there is now the SRC-3 “Green Card” transcript report that must be downloaded, printed, and saved in a student’s cumulative record folder as it provides additional details on the graduation status of the student (e.g., how the student met their HSA requirement).  Please review this guidance for more information.

    Principals should begin work with guidance counselors to determine if seniors’ HSA and SSL is current is SMS and make updates as needed to prepare for graduation.  We encourage you to utilize the district MARCH ILT TOOL and student level ILT tool available on Principal’s Dashboard in identifying students and what elements remain for them to complete in order to graduate on time. Principals should also review and share with their staff this presentation providing additional details for the end of year dates and expectations for seniors.

    For questions, email Savannah Keith Gress in the Achievement and Accountability Office.