Our Graduation Requirements

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Graduation CapAs an approved independent school in the state of Vermont, we were required to draw up a list of graduation requirements that the state could approve. Because we do things differently from the public schools, including foregoing grades, some people might be under the impression that students can just coast through our system, but I want to assure you that we have a clear set of graduation requirements that every student must complete.

The following is our list of graduation requirements. If you have any comments or questions, I invite you to leave a comment at the end of this post.

  • Graduating students will have designed and completed at least 13 learning plans, including learning plans that address the following state requirements:
    • Physical Education
    • Health and Wellness
    • U.S. History
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II
  • Graduating students will have completed at least 17 LTI-based projects (where LTI refers to both internship and interest-based projects)
  • Graduating students will have completed at least 20 exhibitions of their work, including exhibitions dedicated to each of the following:
    • Empirical Reasoning
    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Communications
    • Social Reasoning
    • Personal Qualities
    • Phase 1 completion
    • Phase 2 (Senior Gateway) completion
    • Phase 3 completion
    • College research
    • Senior capstone
  • Graduating students will have facilitated at least 13 advisory seminars
  • Graduating students will have completed at least 120 hours of community service
  • Graduating students will have completed a senior capstone project
  • Graduating students will have completed their SATs
  • Graduating students will have built an organized portfolio of all their work
  • Graduating students will have completed a 75-100 page autobiography
  • Graduating students will have completed at least 130 entries in their journal
  • Graduating students will have read and responded to at least 19 books  not directly related to their seminars or projects, including:
    • 5 autobiographies
    • 2 biographies
    • 1 book related to Vermont and/or Vermonters
    • 1 book related to the history of the Northeast region
    • 1 nonfiction book related to a national or global issue

Author: Kyle Callahan

Hi, I'm Kyle. I'm an advisor at LiHigh School. I've been involved in progressive education since I was in high school. I was an original member (and student representative) of the Progressive Program at Green Mountain College, and for my Master's degree, I attended Goddard College, which started the trend toward progressive education in the 1960s. Along with teaching at LiHigh School, I teach courses in creative writing and communications at Green Mountain College. I live with my wife and daughter in Poultney.

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