Graduation Requirements

Noel Community Arts School

Life beyond high school is different than what it used to be. Most jobs in Colorado now and in the future require training or education beyond high school. When students graduate from a DPS high school, their diploma must be a diploma of the possibility that opens the door of opportunity for their success.

Beginning with the Class of 2021 (ninth-graders in fall 2017), DPS has redefined our expectations for earning a DPS diploma so that our graduates will be successful in any path they choose.

The change in graduation requirements means students must demonstrate their competency (or what they know how to do) in courses that reflect Colorado’s academic standards and 21st-century skills in order to graduate from high school. This new approach is less about the time spent in a classroom, and more about students demonstrating they are truly prepared for the world after high school.

By completing these important components to earn their DPS diploma of possibility, our students will be empowered for success to make their plan for the future a reality!

Current Graduation Requirements

Below is a summary of courses all students need to complete with a passing grade to graduate with a DPS diploma before 2021:

It is also recommended that each student takes two to four years of world language courses.

Graduation Requirements for Class of 2021 and Beyond

Starting with the Class of 2021, students will need to complete three key requirements to earn a diploma:

This new approach is less about the time spent in a classroom, and more about students demonstrating they are truly prepared for the world after high school.

Read the full Board of Education policy on the new graduation requirements with additional details.