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Frequently Asked Questions

Because Dishman Hills High School is a choice program parents and students often have questions about the application process. Below you can find some of the most frequently asked questions.
What Sports Options Do Students at Dishman Hills Have?
Students that attend here have the opportunity to participate in sports at their neighborhood high school or through West Valley High School. 
Does Dishman Hills High School Have a Virtual Only Option?
We work hard to provide options that work for students and families based on their unique needs. We will work with families that need a virtual option to find the best solution for their needs. Please complete the application so we can have the full picture of your student's academic needs to help determine the best placement. 


How will my student get to and from school? 

Students that do not have their own transportation to and from school can get a monthly bus pass to ride the STA city bus. We encourage students to review the routing information to see if this method of transportation is realistic for them based on the time to commute and the class start and end times. We highly recommend the free Whiz app to help plan travel via STA. 


How many credits do students need to graduate?

Students at Dishman Hills are held to the same credit requirements as other students in Washington State set forth by the State Board of Education. Credits required and the specific requirement areas vary by graduation year. To look up the requirements based on the student’s graduation year, click here


Will students get a regular diploma?

Yes, Dishman Hills High School is a state-recognized public school. As such, any student that completes the requirements for graduation through our program will get a regular high school diploma. 


What about state testing? 

Students at Dishman Hills HS are required to meet the same requirements for graduation as other students in our state. Students must meet these requirements by completing one option for ELA and one for Math. The graduation options for students at Dishman Hills HS are below:





  • Receive a score of 2548 or higher on the SBA ELA test
  • Receive an SAT (with essay) score of 410 or ACT score of 14
  • Pass Dishman’s Senior English (AP Language and Comp) with a C or better
  • Pass Dishman’s US History with a C or better
  • Pass Dishman’s Business Communications with a B or better
  • Receive a score of 2595 or higher on the SBA Math test
  • Receive math SAT score of 430 or ACT score of 16
  • Pass Dishman’s Computer Science Principals with a C or better
  • Pass Dishman’s statistics with a C or better
  • Receive a score of 31 or better on the ASVAB
  • Earn 2 or more credits in a CTE Sequence 



What age and grades do you take?

We serve students in grades 8-12. Students may attend public high schools through the year in which they turn 21. Our staff works with students to ensure this is the best fit based on age, credits, and post-high school plans. 


Can you take students with IEPs, 504s, or Language support plans?

Yes, we can. We work hard to ensure that a student with an IEP, 504, or that speaks English as a second language can be served well in our program and encourage you to reach out to us before applying to discuss options for your student.  

What Are Some Reasons My Student Would Not Be Accepted?
Dishman Hills High School is not a neighborhood school. Students apply to Dishman and may be accepted as a choice student if we have room and can accommodate the student's needs in our program. Dishman Hills High School is part of the West Valley School District and has specific board policies that govern the acceptance of students that live outside of the West Valley School District. The specific reasons a student may not be accepted based on board policy can be found here  WVSD Board Policy 3141 Non-Resident Students
What Do I Do If My Student Is Not Accepted?
We are so glad you are interested in our school. We think this is a pretty amazing place to attend or work. Because we are a unique, choice program, we cannot take every student that applies. 
We understand that rejection is never easy. If we cannot take your student, it does not mean we won't ever be able to take them. Students are welcome to reapply for consideration once a semester. 
If we cannot take your student, you will be notified by email at the address you provide in your application. Because we process thousands of applications each year, we cannot accommodate individual phone calls or meetings with students or parents that have not been accepted. Please connect with your neighborhood counselor to continue enrollment there or to learn about other programs available to you in your resident district. 
What Happens If My Student Is Accepted?
If your student is accepted, you will be notified via the email provided in the application. Enrollment paperwork will be sent to the email and once completed, the student will be entered into our system and called for a scheduling appointment. 
What Happens If I Haven't Heard If My Student Is Accepted or Denied?
If you've waited more than a week with no status update, please contact the office to ensure we have the correct email address for you.