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GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS PETITIONING TO
RECEIVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
IN ACCORDANCE OF ACT 155
Act 155 eliminates the requirement for students in graduating classes from 2015 onward to pass an exit exam to receive a diploma. It allows students who, since 1990, have met all other requirements except for passing the exit exam (HSAP or BSAP) to petition for a high school diploma. Students must no longer be enrolled in public school to be eligible.

The petitioner must complete the ACT 155 High School Diploma Petition Application in its entirety and submit to the school district as indicated on the application. Please note that the deadline for petitions to be received by the School Board of Trustees is December 31, 2015.

The application and academic records will be reviewed to determine if the student meets the requirement for this proviso. If found that the only thing preventing the petitioner from receiving a high school diploma was the passage of an exit exam (BSAP or HSAP), the petitioner’s name will be submitted to the Anderson School District Four Board of Trustees for diploma approval during regularly scheduled monthly meetings.

If the student earned all the required units, the petition will go to the State Department of Education, who will then forward the diploma request. Completed diplomas will be sent to the school district. It could take up to 8 weeks for the school district and state to verify the academic records, process the petitions, and present the diplomas. Once the diploma is sent to Pendleton High, the school will contact the petitioner. The petitioner must pick up the diploma in person, and show valid identification before receiving his/her diploma.

Please note that official transcripts will not be adjusted, but separate documentation will be attached to the transcript by the high school, indicating that the student received a high school diploma pursuant to Act 155. Transcripts for students in the class of 2014 who received certificates during the May graduation, will reflect certificate, not diploma. If a student passes the summer HSAP, another transcript would be printed to reflect the diploma status. If the student did not take or pass the summer 2014 HSAP and petitioned for a diploma, the transcript would still indicate “certificate” and the school will provide documentation that the student received a high school diploma pursuant to Act 155.

For more information on Act 155 of 2014, please visit
http://ed.sc.gov/agency/lpa/documents/FAQs-Act155.pdf

Please note that school districts are not required to search their records for all students who may not have passed the exit exam. Individuals must petition their local school board using procedures established by the districts.

Click for a copy of the Act 155 High School Diploma Petition Application.



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