Graduation Requirements FAQS

To receive a high school diploma from Poudre School District, students must meet or exceed the district’s academic standards and measures required by Policy IKF-2017, which include college and career readiness measures and the PSD core credit requirements.

 

Frequently asked questions about graduation requirements

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General Questions

  • How do students demonstrate college and career readiness to meet Colorado graduation requirements?
    Students may demonstrate readiness in several ways. First, students may demonstrate readiness via an approved assessment (see the College and Career-Ready Measures web page) by receiving a score that meets or exceeds the criteria in both mathematics and English. Alternatively, a student could demonstrate college or career-readiness via an industry certificate, capstone project, or college course experience, such as concurrent enrollment or advanced placement.
  • Integrated Services: What accommodations exist within the college and career readiness measures for students with Individual Education Plans (I.E.P.)?
    For assessment options, students may use accommodations allowed within their IEP. Adapted capstone options are available as well.

Assessments

What assessment options are available for students?
 

  • SAT - a college readiness assessment developed by the College Board. The SAT is offered free of charge to all Colorado students during the spring semester of their 11th grade (junior) year. Other SAT tests are available, for a cost, at select administration sites through the College Board.
     
  • ACT - a college admissions test offered through ACT.org. Students may access this assessment for a fee by registering with ACT.org.
     
  • Accuplacer - a computer-adaptive assessment designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. This assessment is offered through Front Range Community College to prospective concurrent enrollment students in mathematics and English. Test administration information is available at each high school.
     
  • ACT WorkKeys is a series of assessments that measure foundational and workplace skills required for success in the workplace and with job performance. PSD is working with the WorkKeys assessment vendor to determine administration criteria and costs.
     
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Assessments in English and mathematics are end of course assessments offered at accredited IB schools, including at Poudre High School in PSD.
     
  • ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Battery) is an aptitude test used by the U.S. Department of Defense. Scores on the ASVAB can be used to determine how qualified a student is for certain military occupational specialties and enlistment bonuses. Most PSD high schools offer the ASVAB free of charge during fall semester (October/ November). Interested students should contact their school counseling office for location, date, and registration information.

Captstone Projects / Classes

  • What grade level are capstone projects completed? While there is no criteria on what grade capstone projects may occur, a capstone project is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students, typically at the end of an academic program or learning-pathway experience, which often occur during the junior or senior year.
     
  • Does everyone do a capstone?This is a site-based decision. Some sites require all students to complete a capstone as part of their high school experience.
     
  • Can students use apprenticeships or internships as their capstone if they present to a panel of community members? Yes, if the referenced internships/apprenticeships meet the PSD capstone project guidelines. This is a determined on an individual basis.
     
  • Does a class taken through the Futures Lab count as a capstone?Yes, if the class meets the PSD capstone project guidelines.

Industry Credentials

  • Which industry credentials count toward readiness measures for graduation? PSD accepts all industry-recognized certificates and counts them toward this requirement.
     
  • What industry-recognized credentials are offered in PSD? PSD currently offers industry-recognized credentials in Solidworks and ServSafe. Local colleges such as Front Range Community College and AIMS College also offer numerous industry certificates.
     

Concurrent Enrollment and other College Courses

  • What are Concurrent Enrollment (CE) courses and how can a student access them?Concurrent Enrollment courses are college level courses that allow high school students to earn both high school and college credit. Students can take CE courses at most PSD high schools, as well as at Front Range Community College, AIMS college, and Colorado State University.
     
  • Are Advance Placement (AP) courses and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses considered college level courses?Yes, both AP and IB courses are college level courses and provide college level credit; they are therefore considered equivalent to concurrent enrollment courses. A grade of "C" or better or a qualifying test score will count toward the readiness measure.

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