High School credits may not be earned in middle school. Example: A student who completes Algebra 1 in middle school, still must take 4 years of math in high school. A high school diploma from Denver Public Schools certifies that a student has fulfilled all graduation requirements in one of the five course areas:
- The General Course of Study
- Designated Course of Study
- Combined General
- Work Experience and Study
- ASCENT Diploma (Accelerating Students Through Concurrent Enrollment)
Athletic sports that are sanctioned by the Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education and meet the criteria below may exempt a student from the physical education graduation requirement. No grade or credit will be given for athletic participation and such exemptions will not reduce the total number of hours required to earn a diploma. Both semesters of the physical education requirement may be exempted by athletic participation. The following criteria govern physical education exemptions:
- The student must maintain academic eligibility for the entire season.
- One full sport season is required to exempt a student from five semester hours (5 units) of PE requirement.
- A student must be a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior to qualify for the exemption. Seniors who have not yet met the physical education requirement are not allowed to take this exemption and must enroll in a physical education course.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING REQUIREMENTS
A student may register for 70 credit hours, (35 credits per semester) during the regular school year. The limit may be increased to 80 credits, (5 additional credits per semester) with special permission from the principal. The maximum number of credits a student may earn in summer school is 10 semester hours.
To participate in commencement exercises with their class, students must complete the equivalent of 240 semester hours and also complete all required classes by the end of their senior year.
A transfer student from outside the Denver Public Schools must meet the requirements to receive a diploma from the Denver Public Schools. All graduation requirements must be met prior to graduation, including attendance in the Denver Public Schools for at least two semesters, with a minimum of 50 semester hours (5 units) of credit earned.
VALEDICTORIAN / SALUTATORIAN
The average of all eight semesters are used to determine each school’s valedictorian/salutatorian. Students must be enrolled in their school of attendance for a minimum of three (3) years and achieve the highest grade point average in their graduating class in order to qualify and be the class valedictorian/salutatorian.