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  • Writer's pictureBrett Saucier


Updated: Apr 16, 2020




In response to Maine LD 1627 and the current research indicating best education practices, MSAD #60 has adopted a standards and proficiency-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment system. Noble High School graduates, in order to be college-ready and career-ready, will need to demonstrate what they know, what they can do, and how well they can do it. A Noble High School standards and proficiency-based diploma provides evidence that our graduates have acquired the knowledge and skills to move on to postsecondary experiences. The proficiency-based diploma system also guides the implementation of interventions, supports, and flexible learning pathways for students. 

Communicating Graduation Requirements 

The superintendent, through the high school principal or other designee, shall be responsible for communicating accurate information concerning diploma requirements to incoming students and their parents prior to the start of their ninth grade school year. An overview of graduation requirements also will be reviewed with all incoming ninth grade students at the time of course selection. This policy will also be referenced in each edition of the high school student handbook and on the school district website. 

The Board has approved the following schedule of requirements for graduation, which includes minimum requirements specified by the State of Maine. The Board is aware that current law and regulations are subject to change. 

The Board expects the superintendent/designee to inform students and parents as soon as practical of any additional standards established by the State that must be met before students may be awarded a high school diploma. 

Academic Requirements for Graduation from Noble High School 

A. Commencing with the Class of 2020, every Noble High School student will demonstrate proficiency in the skills and knowledge described by the Common Core State Standards and Maine Learning Results for the following content areas:

English Language Arts 


Science and Technology 

Social Studies 

Health Education and Physical Education 

Visual and Performing Arts 

Career and Education Development

World Language 

Students’ demonstration of proficiency in the above content areas will accumulate the following credits: 

  • English - 5 credits

  • Math - 4 credits* ( Students must successfully complete Common Core 11 and be enrolled in a math course all four years)

  • Science - 4 credits

  • Social Studies - 3 credits

  • Health - ½ credit

  • Physical Education - 1 credit

  • Fine Arts - 1 credit

  • World Language- ½ credit

  • Electives - 4 credits

Total - 24 credits *(or 23 ½ credits)

B. All graduating students must meet the cross content performance standards set forth by the Maine Learning Results’ “Guiding Principles.” These Guiding Principles are expressed in our Academic (A), Social (S), and Civic (C) Noble High School 21st Century Learning Expectations:

A1. Effective Communication  

i. Written Communication

ii. Presentations

A2. Critical Thinking

A3. Creative Use of Resources

i. Research

ii. Technology (supportive)

iii. Design & Professionalism (supportive)

A4. Work Habits

S1. Collaboration

S2. Social Responsibility and Awareness

C1. Informed Citizenship

C. All students will complete a Graduation Portfolio in order to graduate. The graduation portfolio consists of four elements: Student-led conferences (i.e. Roundtables) at the end of the freshman, sophomore, and junior years,  and the Senior Project, through which students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills in conducting in-depth research, as well as proficiency in the presentation of their research through the application of technology. 

D. All students will complete 60 hours of community service.

E. Completion of all components of the Maine High School Assessment during the third year of high school.

Additional Considerations Applicable to the Awarding of a Diploma 

Most students will satisfy graduation requirements during a four-year experience; however, students may fulfill the requirements for a diploma in a time period that is accelerated or lengthened, based on their individual needs. These students are expected to develop a Personal Learning Plan with assistance from counselors, teachers and/or administrators. 

In order to pursue a multiple pathway to graduation, a student must have a Personal Learning Plan detailing how the student will demonstrate proficiency when a pathway is in lieu of core academic experiences. Each option must provide a quality learning experience that is rigorous. Multiple pathway experiences will be determined, assessed, and documented through the school. 

Pathway options include the following: 

Early College / Dual Enrollment Courses 

CLEP Testing

Career and Technical Education Programming 

Online / Virtual Learning 

Alternative / At-Risk Programming 

Apprenticeships / Internships & Additional Field Work and/or Exchange Experiences 

Adult Education 

Transfer Students

For students who transfer to Noble High School from another state, country, home-schooling program, or from an educational program that is not required to be aligned with the content standards of the Common Core or the Maine Learning Results, the principal shall determine the value of the student’s prior educational experience towards meeting graduation requirements for a high school diploma. The superintendent will ultimately determine whether these students are certified to receive a diploma. 

Home-schooled Students 

For home-schooled students wishing to receive a diploma from Noble High School, the principal shall determine the value of the student’s prior educational experience toward meeting graduation credit requirements. A home-schooled student must have attended Noble High School for a minimum of two (2) semesters in order to receive a Noble High School diploma.

Students Receiving Special Education Services 

Students who successfully meet the graduation requirements, as specified in the goals and objectives of their Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and in accordance with Maine law, will be awarded diplomas. 

Delayed Awarding of Diplomas

A student who leaves high school to attend an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education may upon satisfactory completion of the freshman year be awarded a high school diploma, provided that the student has notified the principal at the time of the early admission. 

Extended Study 

Students are eligible for extended years of study to complete the requirements of a diploma if they have not reached the age of 20 at the start of the school year. Students eligible for extended years of study may be referred to adult education or other resources. 

Participation in the Graduation Ceremony

A student must complete all Board requirements for a Noble High School diploma in order to participate in any graduation exercises. 

Legal Reference: 20-A M.R.S.A. § 4722-A (as revised) Proficiency-Based Diploma Standards 

Ch. 489 (Me. Dept. of Ed. Rule) (as revised) 

Cross Reference: IHCDA – Post-Secondary Enrollment Options 

IKFA – Early Graduation 

NHS Student/Athletic Handbook 

Adopted: March 12, 1987

Revised: July 11, 1996; February 1, 2001; July 10, 2003; March 3, 2005 and March 30, 2006                                   

Revised: October 4, 2007

Revised: September 20, 2007

Revised: June 21, 2012

Revised: May 14, 2014

Revised: November 10, 2016

Revised: June 1, 2017


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