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Graduation

Graduation from Douglas County high schools 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 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. The high school diploma awarded by DCSD represents a high standard of quality in curriculum content, instruction, and student learning.
 

New Graduation Requirements - Beginning with the Class 2021

The Douglas County School District is committed to ensuring that every student is college and career ready. Beginning with the Class of 2021, students must meet four requirements in order to graduate and receive a high school diploma. 

1. Create an Academic Plan

Students will create and complete an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) and/or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that meets the District’s graduation requirements.

2. Earn 24 Credits

Students must satisfy all of the following requirements:

a. 16 Credits in the following CORE Curricular Areas as follows

  • Language Arts 4.0
  • Mathematics 3.0*
  • Science 3.0
  • Social Studies 3.0 **
  • Practical Arts 1.0
  • Fine Arts 1.0
  • Physical Education 1.0
*At least one of the three credits of mathematics must include Algebra
**At least 0.5 credits must include Civics/US Government

 

b. 8 Credits in Electives

3. Perform Community Service

Students must document a minimum of twenty hours community service while enrolled as a high school student.

4. Demonstrate competence in English and Math

Beginning with the class of 2021, in addition to satisfying the district's graduation requirements, district students will also be required to demonstrate college and career readiness via one of the approved methods outlined in the chart below in order to receive a diploma from a district school. Students must provide documentation of meeting or exceeding the required level of readiness in both Mathematics and English through one of the following:

  English Math
Accuplacer

62 on Reading Comprehension or 70 on Sentence Skills

61
ACT 18 19
ACT WorkKeys Bronze+ Bronze+
Advanced Placement 2 2
ASVAB 31 31
Concurrent Enrollment Passing Grade Passing Grade
International Baccalaureate 4 4
SAT 470 500
District Capstone* Individualized Individualized
Industry Certificate Individualized Individualized

*Under development

College and career demonstrations necessary to earn a standard high school diploma may be adjusted to accommodate English learners, gifted students and students with disabilities.

Adopted: October 18, 2016

Graduation Policies

IKF Beginning with the Class of 2012 Diploma and Graduation Requirements
IKF-R-1 Beginning with the Class of 2012 Diploma and Graduation Requirements
IKF-R-2 MS HS Credit Policy
IKF-R-3 Graduation Competencies (beginning with the Class of 2021)

IKFA Early Graduation