File:† IKF



Graduation Requirements


In pursuit of its mission to ensure that all students reach their learning potential, the Board of Education has established the following graduation requirements.


State and district content standards


All students must meet or exceed state and district academic content standards prior to becoming eligible to graduate or complete the requirements and goals as listed on a studentís Individualized Education Program (IEP), which may include modified academic content standards.


Graduation from high school is a culminating event that results from the foundations built at the elementary and middle levels.† Graduation is a collaborative effort among levels in a studentís public school career.† Each level of school and each staff member or parent/guardian who instructs or counsels a student shares responsibility for the ultimate ability of that student to demonstrate proficiency in the content standards and to meet the expectations for graduation.


Units of credit needed


A total of 24 credits earned during grades nine through twelve are required for graduation.† A credit is defined as the amount of credit given for the successful completion of a course which meets five days per week for a minimum of 40 minutes daily for at least 36 weeks or the equivalent.† Successful completion means that the student obtained a passing grade for the course.


The following criteria shall entitle a student to a high school diploma:



Required credits/courses




Specific Courses























Social Studies






Physical Education






Practical Arts

(includes business, technology, industrial arts courses)






(includes art, drama, music courses)





Civics [required by state law]
















Credit from other institutions and home-based programs


All students entering from outside the district must meet the district graduation requirements.† The principal shall determine whether credit toward graduation requirements shall be granted for courses taken outside the district.† Students who are currently enrolled in the district and wish to obtain credit from outside institutions, or through ďonlineĒ programs, must have prior approval from the principal.


The district shall accept the transcripts from a home-based educational program.† In order to determine whether the courses and grades earned are consistent with district requirements and district academic standards, the district shall require submission of the studentís work or other proof of academic performance for each course for which credit toward graduation is sought.† In addition, the district may administer testing to the student to verify the accuracy of the studentís transcripts.† The district may reject any transcripts that cannot be verified through such testing.


Class rankings and grade point averages


Graduating seniors shall be ranked within the graduating class for each high school upon the basis of grade-point averages for the four-year program, excluding the last semester of the senior year.†


Grades for regular classes will be given the following values: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1.


Grades for advanced placement classes will be given the following values:† A=5, B=3.75, C=2.5, D=1.25.


After a course has been passed, no future grade earned in the same course shall be used to determine class rank or grade point average.


The student with the highest-class rank will be valedictorian.† When more than one student holds the numerical one rank, all students holding the rank will be declared co-valedictorians.


When transcripts of transfer students show grades such as pass or satisfactory, such grades shall not be counted in determining class rank or grade point average.† Students entering from home-based education programs must submit student work or other proof of academic performance for each course for which credit toward class ranking or grade point average is sought.


Independent study


Independent study, work experience and experienced-based programs approved in advance by the principal may be taken for high school credit.† Students must submit a request for approval that includes a summary of the educational objectives to be achieved and monitored by a faculty member.


Student course load


The course load for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors shall be a minimum of 6 credits per school year.† Students who wish to take less credits in any given school year must obtain advance permission from the principal.


Years of attendance


The Board of Education believes that most students benefit from four years of high school experience and are encouraged not to graduate early.† However, in some cases, students need the challenge provided by postsecondary education or other opportunities at an earlier age.† Therefore, the principal may grant permission to students wishing to graduate early, provided the student has met all district graduation requirements.


Adoption date


LEGAL REFS.:††††††††† C.R.S. 22-1-104 (teaching history, culture and civil government)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C.R.S. 22-32-109(1)(kk) (board to establish graduation requirements applicable to students enrolling in 9th grade beginning in the 2012-13 school year)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C.R.S. 22-32-132 (discretion to award diploma to honorably discharged veterans)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C.R.S. 22-33-104.5 (home-based education law)


Cross refS.:†††††††††† AE, Accountability/Commitment to Accomplishment

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AEA, Standards Based Education

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IA, Instructional Goals and Learning Objectives

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IHA, Basic Instructional Program

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IHAC, History and Civil Government Education

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IHBG, Home Schooling

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IHCDA, Concurrent Enrollment

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IK, Academic Achievement

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ILBA, District Program Assessments

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ILBB, State Program Assessments

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ILBC, Literacy and Reading Comprehension Assessments