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The COVID-19 vaccination requirement for visitors to IDJJ facilities has been suspended as of 1/12/23. Visitors may be required to complete a rapid COVID-19 test when they arrive at the facility. 

Graduation Requirements

State of Illinois minimum graduation requirements are posted on the back of School District #428 transcripts and are available upon request. Upon achieving credits and meeting each area’s standard, the principal will petition for graduation. Graduation ceremonies are held quarterly, and families are welcome and encouraged to attend during this most important moment in their student’s life.

8th Grade

•          Youth must be at least 15 years old.

•          Youth must pass the US Constitution Test.

•          Youth must be passing all academic classes.

•          Youth cannot graduate prior to date they would have graduated with peer group.

•          Middle School Credit(s) cannot be used towards High School graduation requirements.


If youth enter the ninth grade in 2008-2009 or later, they must earn a minimum of 16.75 units of credit, including:

•          Communication Skills (Language Arts-English): 4 units of credit

•          Writing Intensive Courses (Language Arts/English or other Writing Intensive Course) equal to: Two units of creative writing

•          American History/Social Studies: 2 units of credits

•          Physical Education: participation required; no specific # of credits

•          Health Education: ½ unit of credit

•          Science: 2 units of credit

•          Mathematics: 3 units of credit Algebra/Geometry: 1 unit of credit in Algebra & 1 unit with Geometry content

•          Art, Music, Foreign Language, or Vocation Instruction: 1 unit of credit

•          Consumer Education: ¼ unit of credit or successful completion of a state-approved test

•          Electives: 4 units of credit


To qualify for the GED testing, youth must be at least 17 years old and lacking sufficient credits to graduate in a timely manner. The student must achieve a qualifying score on the BASI test in reading and math to enter preparatory programming. To attempt the GED Test, a student must receive a teacher’s endorsement and pass the GED pre-test.