(Note: this regulation does not replace IKF-R Beginning with the Class of 2005)

In order to graduate from a Douglas County School District high school, a student must complete the following:

  • Earn a minimum of 24.0 units of credit. This means a student:
  1. Shall successfully complete the sophomore reading/literature and writing course (or its equivalent) before taking additional language arts courses;
  1. Shall meet the mathematics requirement by successfully completing a minimum of Algebra 1 as one of the 3.0 credits;
  1. Shall meet the social studies requirement by successfully completing a minimum of 3.0 credits which must include 1.0 of US or World History and 0.5 of American Government;
  1. May meet the practical arts requirement by completing courses in computer, career and technical education and/or a third-, fourth-, fifth-level foreign language course;
  1. May meet the fine arts requirement by completing courses in art, drama, music, dance, and/or a third-, fourth-, or fifth-level foreign language course;
  1. May meet up to 0.5 credit in health to meet half of the physical education requirement;

Participation in Graduation Exercises

In order to participate in graduation exercises, a student must demonstrate behavior deemed by the building principal, to be compatible with the district’s behavioral expectations.

A student may be denied the privilege of participating in the high school’s formal graduation ceremony. If, during the semester prior to his/her graduation from a Douglas County School District high school, she/he has been suspended from school for conduct which:

  1. Disrupts or threatens to disrupt the operation of a school;
  2. Interferes in any way with the rights and privileges of other students or citizens; or,
  3. Endangers the health, safety, or welfare of any person.

Adopted: July 16, 2002
Revised: January 26, 2008
February 17, 2009
September 28, 2009
October 27, 2016

C.R.S. 22-1-103 through 22-1-111

IKF - Graduation Requirements
IKF-R-2 - MS HS Credit Policy
IKF-R-3 - Graduation Competencies (beginning with the Class of 2021)
IKE Promotion and Retention of Students
IKFA Early Graduation
JECBA Admission of Foreign Students

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).