If the student's goals include community college rather than four-year college, is foreign language necessary in NJ, and for how many years? If the student meets state, rather than district graduation requirements, do they still receive a district high school diploma? Are there any other reasons not to take a foreign language exemption in order to take other electives? If the student were at a later time able to transfer to a 2 or 4 year college, would they then need the foreign language credits?
You must follow district rules. They are approved by school board.
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The state of New Jersey requires at least five credits in world languages or student demonstration of
proficiency through standardized testing. The IEP team may exempt your student from a graduation requirement if appropriate. Most universities and colleges require applicants to have completed two years of a foreign language; however, some may have open applications which only require a high school/GED diploma. Many colleges require that foreign language courses as part of the colleges graduation requirements as well.
This response is intended to provide general information with regard to the subject matter covered and question posed. It is provided with the understanding that I cannot render legal or other professional advice without reviewing the specific set of facts pertinent to each individual case. I recommend that you seek individual legal advice from a legal professional regarding the application of education laws to your child’s particular case.
I agree with Ms. Adler that the IEP team could make a determination to exempt your child from any foreign language requirement for graduation.
As for college, if your child has a disability such that it is a reasonable accommodation for such a requirement be waived by a college, then you may be able to seek such under Section 504 or the Americans with Disabilities Act. You would need to contact the colleges in question and speak with their disabilities department to find out specific accommodations that the college would offer. You can learn more generally at: https://www.disability.gov/resource/reasonable-accommodations-college-students-mental-health-disabilities/ .
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