One method that could be used for students with learning disabilities is to offer a “work-ready” or vocational certificate without a specific set of requirements. If parents and staff agree that a student is incapable of completing the full graduation requirements upon starting high school, a special plan of study is created for that student. At the end of that customized course of study, the student graduates with a certificate rather than a diploma. (Using the word certificate maintains the value and integrity of your school’s diploma.)
There is a danger that such a certificate could be abused, so any policy surrounding it should be very clear. A senior who is just short of graduation should not be given the certificate as a replacement for the diploma, nor should it be given to a student who is trying to graduate early, or one who has an intense cultural apathy towards education. The certificate should only be for the students who are incapable of meeting the diploma requirements, not for those students or parents that don’t believe they need the diploma requirements.