Graduation Requirements


Effective with the graduating class of 2015

Graduation from a Pueblo City Schools high school requires a completion of a minimum of twenty-four credits. All prescribed requirements set forth by the State of Colorado Department of Education and Pueblo City Schools Board of Education must be completed prior to the student participating in a graduation exercise.

Graduation requirements are designed to give each student a well-balanced and comprehensive high school education. Classes, when carefully selected, will help students explore their own interests and develop their abilities. In planning a course of study, students should consider the following:
1. Before selecting a course, students should read the course description to be sure it fits their needs, interests, and abilities and supports their plans after high school.
2.
College entrance requirements and/or career and technical plans for the future should be considered in selecting courses.

Course Requirements
Diploma Diploma With
Advanced Academic Endorsement*
Diploma With
Career & Technical Endorsement
MATHEMATICS


Required enrollment each year. 3 4 4
Algebra 1 1 1
Geometry 1 1 1
Algebra II / Trigonometry
1
Math course(s) 1
1 2
(curriculum may be embedded)
LANGUAGE ARTS*



Required enrollment each year. 4 4 4
2 years must emphasize writing, grammar, and composition skills
2 2 2
Language Arts Courses
2 2 2
(curriculum may be embedded)
SCIENCE*



3 4
Required enrollment each year.
4
Required enrollment each year.
Natural/Physical Science
(2 yrs. lab-based)
2 2 2
Science Courses
1 2 2
(curriculum may be embedded)
SOCIAL STUDIES*



3 4
Required enrollment each year.
4
Required enrollment each year.
US History
1 1 1
Social Studies Courses
2 3 3
(curriculum may be embedded)
Physical** and Health *** Education 2.0 2.0 2.0
Foreign Language* 1.0 2.0 1.0
Arts / Electives 8
4 2
Career & Technical Ed
(Sequenced program of study)
3
Inter Scholastic Activity
(Non-credit requirement (Linked to Seminar courses)
     (Community Service, Club, or
     Service Learning approved project.)
20 hours per year
20 hours per year 20 hours per year
TOTAL CREDITS
24 24 24


*Course offerings shall meet the CCHE course criteria for pre-college requirement(s).

**A waiver of requirement for one-half PE credit may be granted for participation in an entire season of any interscholastic sport included in the district athletic program. The designated one-half credit would then be added to the elective credits.

***A waiver of requirement for one-half Health credit may be granted, by the principal, upon written request by the parent or guardian. the request shall be specific to religious beliefs and/or content contrary to parent or guardian beliefs (refer to Policy IMBB-R(3). The designated one-half credit would then be added to the elective credits.


Early Graduation

A student may graduate at the end of the junior year or at the end of the first semester of the senior year provided that the student has completed the required 24 Carnegie units of credit effective with the class of 2012 and has met other graduation requirements that may be established by the Board.

Graduation shall be defined as completion of the course requirements and not the participation in commencement ceremonies.

Use of the term 'class of' followed by the specific year denotes the year of expected graduation for those students who began as freshmen.

Adopted March 12, 1985
Revised February 28, 1989
Revised April 9, 1996
Revised October 2, 2007

Pueblo School District No. 60, Pueblo, Colorado

Pueblo City Schools Board of Education reserves the right to change the requirements for graduation.