Policy IKF Graduation Requirements

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 student’s 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 student’s 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 26 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 four days per week for a minimum of 57 minutes daily for at lease 18 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:

  • Achievement in content standards as demonstrated by mastery of the curriculum which may include, but is not limited to, daily classroom assignments, the state assessment program, the district assessment program, classroom assessments, and student participation in, and completion of, assigned projects.

  • Completion of 26 credits in grades nine through twelve in the prescribed categories listed below.

  • Completion of the requirements and goals as listed on a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), which may include modified content standards.

Required credits/courses

The required courses are:

English (4 years) including: English I

English II

English III

Math (4 years)

Social Studies (3 years), including: World Studies/Geography

U.S. History

U.S. Government/Civics (required by state law)

Technology Literacy (1 year) Computer Concepts

Natural/Physical Science (3 years) Biology


Foreign language (1 year)

Reading (1 year) (Could be waived, see #2 below)

The following procedure related to planning, implementing and completing graduation requirements shall apply:

1. Any student earning 26 required credits in advanced or general courses will receive a general diploma.

2. Reading is required but could be waived if the student is proficient in reading and writing on the Eighth Grade CSAP Assessment. A proficient student may elect to take reading for credit if he or she wishes.

3. Proficient or advanced scores on the state assessment test are counted as ½ credit in the discipline in which the proficient was achieved (e.g. reading is a Reading Credit, writing an English Credit, etc).

4. Any substitutions for required courses must be approved by the principal.

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 “online” 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 student’s 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 student’s transcripts. The district may reject any transcripts that cannot be verified through such testing.

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

A normal yearly course load for students is six (6) units. A student may receive permission from the principal’s advisory committee to take fewer or more units of study in order to meet individual needs.

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 post-secondary education or other opportunities at an earlier age. Therefore, the superintendent may grant permission to students wishing to graduate early, provided the student has met all district graduation requirements.

Adopted: prior to 1970

Revised: November 7, 1989

Revised: December 10, 2002

Revised: August 9, 2005

Revised: March 14, 2006

Revised: March 27, 2007

Revised: November 27, 2007

Revised: August 24, 2010

Revised: September 23, 2014

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 2012-2013 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

IHA, Basic Instructional Program

IHBG, Home Schooling

IHCDA, Concurrent Enrollment

ILBB, State Program Assessments

ILBC, Literacy and Reading Comprehension Assessments

Huerfano School District Re-1, Walsenburg, Colorado