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Boulder Valley School District is committed to ensuring our students are prepared to meet these requirements so they can graduate on-time.

New Graduation Requirements

BVSD high schools are here to help support our students and families throughout this process. We will be tracking our student’s progress in achieving the requirements and working closely with our counseling staff and administrators to ensure that students that need additional support receive it.

1. Earn 220 units of credit, including completion of specific subject area requirements*:
Language Arts: 40 Credits
Social Studies: 30 Credits
Mathematics: 20 Credits
Science: 20 Credits
Physical Education: 15 Credits
Health Education: 5 Credits
Fine Arts: 5 Credits
Second Language Acquisition: 10 Credits
Practical Experiences: 5 Credits
Additional Credits: 75 Credits

Completion of Money Management and Computer Applied Technology Requirements
*See Board Policy IKF for specific requirements in each subject, as well as requirements for early graduation.
2. Demonstrate competence in English & Math
Students must complete at least one of the following measures in English and at least one in Math as well as meet or exceed the measure’s corresponding cut score or criteria to demonstrate college and career readiness in English and Math.

Testing-Based Assessments


ACCUPLACER is a computerized test that assesses reading, writing, math and computer skills. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with a student’s academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place students in college courses that match their skill levels. Appointments can be made to take the Accuplacer through Front Range Community College Testing Center, both the Boulder County and Westminster campuses.

Course Codes
Accuplacer Eng X74  
Accuplacer Math X75

Cut Scores
Classic Accuplacer
English: 62 on Reading Comprehension or 70 on Sentence Skills
Math: 61 on Elementary Algebra

Next Generation Accuplacer
English: 241 on Reading or 236 on Writing
Math: 255 on Arithmetic (AR) or 236 on Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS)


ACT is a national college admissions exam. It measures four subjects – English, reading, math and science. The highest possible score for each subject is 36. The ACT is administered throughout the year. Consult your school for dates and locations.

Course Codes
ACT English X76    ACT Math X77
(*ACT Compass Completely Phased Out as of December 31, 2016)

Cut Scores
18 English
19 Math

ACT WorkKeys

ACT Work Keys is an assessment that tests students’ job skills in applied reading, writing, mathematics and 21st century skills. Scores are based on job profiles that help employers select, hire, train, develop and retain a high-performance workforce. Students who score at the bronze level (at least 3) in applied mathematics, mapping and reading earn the ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate. Consult with your school to determine test availability.

Course Codes 
ACT Work Keys Eng X80  
ACT Work Keys Math: X81

Cut Scores
3 (Bronze level) English
3 (Bronze level) Math

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP exams test students’ ability to perform at a college level. Schools choose which AP exams will fulfill this menu option. Scores range from 1 to 5 (highest).

Course Codes 
AP Eng X82    
AP Math X83

Course Codes
2 English
2 Math

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a comprehensive test that helps determine students’ eligibility and suitability for careers in the military. Students who score at least 31 on the AFQT are eligible for service (along with other standards that include physical condition and personal conduct). Students who take the ASVAB are not required to enlist in the military. Consult your school to determine test availability.

Course Codes
ASVAB English X84  
ASVAB Math X85

Cut Scores
31 English
31 Math

International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate (IB) exams assess students enrolled in the official IB Diploma Programme. Courses are offered only at authorized IB World Schools. Scores range from 1 to 7 (highest).

Course Codes
English X86  
Math X87

Cut Scores
4 English
4 Math


The SAT is a college entrance exam that is accepted or required at nearly all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The current SAT includes sections on reading, writing and math. The highest possible score for each section is 800. The SAT is the state mandated exam for all juniors given in April. Consult with your school for additional test administration dates and locations.

Course Codes
English X88  
Math X89

Cut Scores
470 English
500 Math

Performance Based Assessments


Capstone is a culminating exhibition of a student’s project or experience. It can be portfolio of work along with a public demonstration of academic learning in English and/or Math. Capstone will be evaluated using the district rubric.
Course Code: Capstone English X90  Capstone Math X91

Capstone will be approved by a designated reviewer and evaluated based on the district rubric. 

Concurrent Enrollment


Institutions of higher education determine passing grades for credit. 

Industry Certification

Industry certificate is a credential recognized by business and industry.
Consult with Boulder Tech for Industry Certificate Options.
Course Code: Industry Certificate Eng X96  Industry Certificate Math X97  

Receipt of the industry certificate and approval by the district-designated reviewer.

Graduating Before 2021?


The Timeline

Our goal is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to graduate, regardless of which path they choose.

Along the way we will provide guidance and encouragement. We ask for support from our families.

Sophomore Year
Beginning with the class of 2021, students will be meeting with their counselors in February of their sophomore year to declare which graduation pathway they plan to use in both English and Math during the course selection process for their junior year.

They may change their selection at any time. This is an important step to ensure that students are aware of all of the options and have the information needed to participate.

Junior Year
Students will begin meeting this requirement during their Junior year, working toward completing the specific criteria for the measurement they chose during course selection. For example, one of the options is the SAT exam. Every student is required to take the state-mandated SAT in April of their junior year.

Senior Year
High school counselors and administrators will work with students make sure they fulfill their graduation requirements, and if necessary support them in facilitating the right option to meet the requirements.

Students will be confirmed to graduate once they have met both the credit requirement as well as the demonstration of competency in English and Math.