Academic Standards and Graduation Requirements

Students must earn 240 credits to graduate

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 questions about graduation requirements specific to your student, please contact their high school counselor. 

High School Diploma Requirements

To earn a high school diploma, students entering a PSD high school fall 2017 or after must earn 240 credits, and complete ONE of the following options:

Option A Meet or exceed minimum scores in Mathematics and English on one state-approved measures (options listed in the table below)

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.

Option B:  Meet one of the "individualized" state-approved college and career-readiness measures (options listed in the table below)

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.


State-Approved Measures and PSD Core Credit Requirements for Graduation

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


State-Approved College and Career-Readiness Measures


English Score/Criteria

Mathematics Score/Criteria

Accuplacer Assessment

62 on Reading or 70 on Sentence Skills

61 on Elementary Algebra


18 19

ACT Workkeys - National Center Readiness Certificate

Bronze or Higher Bronze or Higher

Advanced Placement Assessment

2 2

International Baccalaureate Assessment

4 4

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Battery) Assessment

31 on the AFQT 31 on the AFQT


470 500

Career-Readiness: Concurrent Enrollment Course

Passing Grade Passing Grade

Career-Readiness: District Capstone Project

Individualized Individualized

Career-Readiness: Industry Certificate

Individualized Individualized



Poudre School District Core Credit Requirements




Mathematics and Computer Science

30 Algebra, geometry, data-analysis, and statistics (algebra II recommended)


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

Language Arts

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

Social Studies

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


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

World Language or Culture

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

Fine and Applied Arts

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


15 Physical and personal wellness

Financial Literacy

5 Personal Financial Literacy


5 Micro and macroeconomics





Students must earn 240 credits to receive a diploma.