Policy IKF Graduation Requirements

Huerfano Re-1 School District

201 East 5th Street Walsenburg, CO. 81089   Phone (719) 738-1520                                                File:IKF

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.

District academic standards

To receive a high school diploma from the district, students must meet or exceed the district’s academic 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 district’s academic standards and to meet the expectations for graduation.

Units of credit needed

A total of 26 credits earned during grades nine through 12 are required for graduation. A credit is defined as the amount of credit given for the successful completion of a course which meets 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:

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

Completion of 26 credits in grades nine through 12 in the prescribed categories listed below.

Required credits/courses

NOTE:  State law requires all students to satisfactorily complete a course on the civil government of the State of Colorado and the United States (civics). C.R.S. 22-1-104. The Board has discretion to determine how the subject areas specified in C.R.S. 22-1-104, as well as the number of required credits, will be addressed when establishing graduation requirements for civics.

Credits Area Specific Courses
4 English English I, English II, English III, English IV or College Equivalent

AP approved classes by administration

4 Mathematics  Algebra I, II; Geometry, Advanced Math

(Business Math/Alternative math can be substituted on a case to case

basis – administration approval)

3 Science Earth Science, Biology, Physical (Chemistry) or other approved by


3 Social Studies  World Studies/Geography, U.S. History,

U.S. Government/Civil Government of the US

1 Physical Education  Successful completion of one full year in P.E. or .25 credit per successful

Completion of extracurricular athletic completion (example Football,

Volleyball, track, wrestling)

1 Economics  Must include personal finance
.5 Health
1 Foreign Language
.5 Senior Seminar
8 Electives
26 Total credits to graduate

 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.

Credit from a dropout recovery program

In accordance with applicable state law, college courses completed pursuant to the student’s participation in a “dropout recovery program” shall count as credit toward completion of the district’s graduation requirements. A student seeking to enroll in a dropout recovery program shall work with his or her high school principal or designee in selecting college courses.

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, honors, and college classes will be given the following values: A=5, B=3.75, C=2.5, D=1.25.

Administration will have final say in approval of all advanced classes

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.

High School

The following number of units shall be required for placement at various grade levels at the beginning of each school year:

Sophomores   – 6 units completed

Juniors – 13 credits completed

Seniors – 19 credits

Graduation – 26 credits

 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.

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
Revised: December 10, 2018

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 that “meet or exceed” state graduation guidelines)
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)
C.R.S. 22-35-101 et seq. (Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act)
CROSS REFS.:  AE, Accountability/Commitment to Accomplishment
AEA, Standards Based Education
IHBG, Home Schooling
IHBK*, Preparation for Postsecondary and Workforce Success
IHCDA, Concurrent Enrollment
IK, Academic Achievement
IKA, Grading/Assessment Systems