Academic Standards and Graduation Requirements

Students need 240 credits and must meet requirements for one state-approved measure 

To comply with Colorado State Board of Education graduation standards, the PSD Board of Education in January 2017 adopted new graduation requirements, reflected in District policy IKF-2017.  

If you have questions about graduation requirements for your student, please contact their high school counselor. 


High school diploma requirements

To earn a high school diploma, students (who entered a PSD high school fall 2017 or after) must earn 240 credits, and complete one option of meeting requirements for a state-approved assessment measure OR a college / career readiness measure.


Option A:  State-approved assessment measures

Students must meet or exceed minimum scores in mathematics and English on one or more state-approved assessment measures. 

Option A example: A student must earn 240 credits and take one of the state-approved assessments, such as the SAT. Students take the SAT exam free of charge during their junior year. They need to score 470 or higher in English and 500 or higher in mathematics.

State-approved assessment options available to students are listed in the table below. Learn more about these options on the Assessments / Measures for Graduation web page. 

Assessment Measure

English Score/Criteria

Mathematics and Computer Science Score/Criteria

Accuplacer Assessment

62 on reading or 70 on sentence skills

61 on elementary algebra




ACT WorkKeys

Bronze (3) or higher

Bronze (3) or higher

Advanced Placement Exams



ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Battery) Assessment

Total  score of 31 or higher

Total score of 31 or higher

International Baccalaureate Exams







Option B:  College and career readiness measures

Students must meet one of the state-approved individualized college and career-readiness measures.

Option B example: A student must earn 240 credits and earn an industry certificate, such as in the culinary arts. The certification indicates the student is prepared to work in a professional setting after high school.

College and career readiness measures available to students, along with required criteria are listed in the table below.


College and Career Readiness Measure

Score / Criteria

Concurrent Enrollment Course

Passing Grade, C or higher

District Capstone Project


Industry Certificate



PSD core credit requirements 

Students must earn 240 credits to graduate from a PSD high school. Subjects, skills learned and number of credits required for each subject area are listed in the table below. 


Required Subjects


Required Number of Credits

Mathematics and computer science 


Algebra, geometry, data-analysis, and statistics; algebra II recommended 30 credits


Physical, life and earth-systems sciences (chemistry and/or physics recommended) 30 credits

Language Arts

Oral expression and listening, reading, writing, composition, research and reasoning 40 credits

Social Studies

Geography, civics, history and economics (must include U.S. History and U.S. Government) 25 credits


Study of literature, history, philosophy and comparative religion, visual and performing arts and culture. 5 credits

World Language or Culture

World languages; knowledge and understanding of world cultures (two years of a language is recommended) 10 credits

Fine and Applied Arts

Developing original products, creating such as in art or gourmet food; performing and problem-solving using critical and creative thinking 10 credits


Physical and personal wellness 15 credits

Financial Literacy

Personal financial literacy 5 credits


Micro and macroeconomics 5 credits


Student-selected courses in personal interest area 65 credits



Total: 240 credits

Students must earn 240 credits to receive a diploma.