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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.

Update on Graduation Requirements due to COVID

The state’s graduation guidelines were scheduled to be implemented for the first time for the class of 2021. However, the menu of options for demonstrating readiness for graduation includes the SAT, ACT, Accuplacer and IB assessments, some of which were cancelled or limited last spring because of the pandemic. Because of the disruption to learning and the cancellation or limited availability of several of the tests last spring, the requirement has been pushed to be fully implemented with the class of 2022. 

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

Performance Based Assessments

Graduating Before 2021?

Resources

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.


Graduation
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.