Special Education Diploma Certificate Completion Campbell
For students with an IEP, the school district is responsible for the student’s education until the student receives a high school diploma, or turns 22 years old. If the student stays in school until 22, they will receive a certificate of completion.
What does this mean?
There are substantive differences between your child receiving a diploma or a certificate of completion. Our child’s path is an IEP team decision. Like all IEP decisions, the requirement is that the IEP team will discuss and make a determination together. Often, what happens is a school team member will check that box during the IEP process. This is a discussion many families should review at least every few years.
The California Department of Education has requirements all students must meet to earn a diploma. They can be found on the CDE’s website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/hs/cefhsgradreq.asp.
When your child is able to meet these requirements with some minor adaptations, then a diploma is an option. If your student is taking most or all of the classes and the work is heavily modified, then your child’s route is more likely to be a certificate of completion.
Will a certificate of completion harm my child’s future?
Many parents are concerned that a certificate of completion will severely limit their child’s options after high school. The good news is that this does not have to be the case. Every community college in California accepts students with certificates of completion. Many have exceptional disabled student departments who support students and give great personalized advice.
If your child is done with school and you are helping them with a resume, you can simply put the year they graduated from high school. They DID graduate, and received a certificate of completion.
As parents, we understand, As experienced and trained advocates, we can help.
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