I. Awarding High School credit for courses taken prior to a student’s 9th grade year

A student may earn credit towards a Douglas County School District high school diploma for courses that are taken prior to the official start of their 9thgrade year, and if courses taken are at a Douglas County School District school, transferring in from another public school, or in another educational program, as follows:

  1. The course is successfully completed at a Douglas County School District school, out of district public/private school, or an accredited institution or program.
  2. The course meets the following criteria:
    1. Mathematics: Geometry course or higher levels.
    2. World Language: Level II or higher levels.
    3. If a course being proposed for high school credit does not meet the criteria 1 or 2, the following information must be presented to indicate the level of rigor that would demonstrate the course is a high school course at grade level:
      1. Course description.
      2. Detailed curricular content objectives.
      3. Official transcript.
      4. Course taken at an accredited institution or program.
      5. The final authority on awarding credit will reside with the high school building administration and the Superintendent or Superintendent's designee.
  1. Awarding Credit
    Select one of the following two options:
    1. The student and parent/guardian wish the course completion to be used for placement purposes only. No course title, credit or grade will be recorded on the high school transcript.
    2. The student and parent/guardian wish to receive both credit and grade which will be calculated into the cumulative high school GPA on the official high school transcript. The parent/guardian and student must complete the middle school credit form by the end of the first semester of their 11th grade year and submit this to the High School Principal and High School Counselor. Once this option is selected, the credit and grade will not be removed from their official high school transcript.

II. If students, currently enrolled in a Douglas County School, wish to obtain credit from an outside educational program, the outside educational program must meet the following criteria:

  1. The course fills a Douglas County School District High School graduation requirement.
  2. Prior approval from the school Principal before credit and grade are accepted and posted on the high school transcript.
  3. The credit-granting institution must provide evidence to meet Sections III and IV below.
  1. III. Credit earned through online programs/institutions may be accepted based on a thorough review of the program/institutions accreditation process and proof of high school course equivalency. The student must provide the following information:

    1. Course description.
    2. Detailed curricular content objectives.
    3. Meets the state expectation for college preparatory academic rigor (Colorado Commission Higher Education Admission Requirements) and/or the course is NCAA approved.
    4. Proof of an academically reputable accreditation process of the outside educational program/institution.

    IV. Regulation regarding Accreditation

    1. If the credit-granting institution accreditation is either in question or not accredited, Douglas County School District’s Superintendent or Superintendent's designee will determine if the granting institution provides students with the academic rigor that meets the equivalency of a DCSD board approved course and level equivalency. The final authority on awarding credit will reside with the high school building administration and the Superintendent or Superintendent's designee.
  1. Adopted: March 12, 2008
    Revised: September 16, 2010
    Revised: July 7, 2016
    Revised: October 27, 2016

    IKF - Graduation Requirements 

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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 ).