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Culmination Requirements


LAUSD has adopted a Middle School Culmination Activity and Certificate of Completion policy effective starting with the class of students culminating in 2017. This policy defines the criteria for issuing a Middle School Certificate of Completion and for students to participate in the Middle School Culmination Activity. It supports student achievement and guides students in preparing for matriculation from middle school to high school.


To participate in the culmination activity, eighth grade students must meet all LAUSD requirements and school-site criteria to earn a Certificate of Completion.


  • To earn a Certificate of Completion, students will be evaluated based on the marks and credits earned in the eighth grade. Students will earn 5 credits for passing each semester course with a ‘D’ or better. Grades from all subject areas will be used to determine credits earned in eighth grade.
  • Students must earn 50 credits to be eligible for the Certificate of Completion

Participation in the eighth grade culmination activity also includes:

  • Having no more than two U's in Cooperation during the eighth grade year.
  • Having no more than two U's in Work Habits for the eighth grade year.
  • Abiding by school and District policies with respect to student conduct and school property.



* If a student transfers into an LAUSD middle school or span school for the first time in the second semester of eighth grade, the principal or designee will evaluate student culmination eligibility based on the possible credits attempted and earned from the date of entry into the school.