GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS GRADES 9-12

 
The Board of Education believes that all students who graduate from District 20 schools should have a firm foundation in the core areas of English, world languages, mathematics, science and social science, and a comprehensive background in the fine arts, physical education and technology. To be prepared for post graduate careers or higher education, students should select courses which are related to their plan and are academically demanding.
 
The course work outlined in this policy is the minimum required for earning a diploma; students should strive to challenge themselves by exceeding the requirements whenever possible in accordance with their post raduation goals. As students plan their four years of high school, school officials will work with them and their parents/guardians to complete a four year course plan. Counselors will review and update this plan with students annually. Students shall be advised of available high school course pathways beginning in sixth grade.
 
Graduation requirements are based on the number of units of credit earned in grades 9 through 12. A unit of credit is defined as the amount of credit given for the successful completion of a unit of work as defined in the high school course handbook. 

Graduation Requirements 

​How many units of credit do I need…

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Academy District #20

Graduation Requirements

to meet

Colorado Higher Education Admissions Requirements*

English4 years (8 D20 credits)4 years (8 D20 credits)
Science

3 years (6 D20 credits)

2 years (4 D20 credits) must be lab-based

3 years (6 D20 credits)

2 years (4 D20 credits) must be lab-based

Health1 D20 credit0
Mathematics

3 years (6 D20 credits)

Must complete Algebra I and Geometry (either in middle school or high school).

6 math credits must be earned in high school.

4 years (8 D20 credits)

Must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or equivalents

Social Science

3 years (6 D20 credits)

1 D20 credit Civics

2 D20 credits U.S. History

3 D20 credits unrestricted

3 years (6 D20 credits)

At least 1 year (2 D20 credits) must be in U.S. or world history.

World Language

1 year (2 D20 credits)

WL credit may be completed in middle school; however, students must still complete 50 credits 9-12.

1 year (2 D20 credits)

Successful completion of a high school course at the second-year level will satisfy the HEAR requirement, regardless of whether the courses were taken before 9th grade.

Core Electives

6 D20 credits

Core electives include English, foreign language, mathematics, science, and social science.  Phase I will increase core requirements by 2 credits and Phase II will move these additional core credits to world language.

2 years (4 D20 credits)

Academic electives include additional courses in English, mathematics, natural/physical sciences and social sciences, foreign languages, art, music, journalism, drama, computer science, honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses.

Core Total35 D20 credits17 units (34 D20 credits)
Physical Education3 D20 credits
Arts1 D20 credit 
Unrestricted Electives11 D20 credits 
TOTAL50 D20 credits17 units (34 D20 credits)​

* Core elective requirements include English, foreign language, mathematics, science, and social science. Phase I will increase core requirements by 2 credits and Phase II will move these additional core credits to foreign language.
** Arts requirements include visual and performing arts
*** Social Science requirements include two required credits of U.S. History and one credit of Civics
**** All students must complete Algebra 1 and Geometry (either in middle school or in high school)
***** Four of the six credits must be from laboratory science classes. Specific requirements may be waived with the approval of the Principal led committee. Appeals will be directed to the Deputy Superintendent.