New Graduation Requirements in DPS – Class of 2021

New Graduation Requirements in DPS – Class of 2021

October 23, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Graduation. It symbolizes possibility… both for a student’s hopes and dreams in life
after high school, and for what they aim to achieve in college
and career. While the graduation caps and gowns might
look the same as they did years ago… …life after graduation, looks different
for every generation. There are jobs, requiring new training. And new industries, with unique challenges. So to best prepare Denver Public Schools graduates
to be successful, no matter the college, career or life path they choose, it makes sense to shift the graduation expectations
that come ahead of earning a DPS diploma. Starting with the Class of 2021, there will be three key requirements for students to demonstrate, to graduate from
high school: First, they’ll need an Individual Career
and Academic Plan, or ICAP. It’s a roadmap for students to plan for
their future. Their end-goal is fluid, so it can change
as students explore their passions throughout school and life. They also help students understand courses
and other requirements to prepare for specific careers or for attending the college of their
choosing. Second, they’ll need 24 units of credit
in required subject areas. And third, they’ll need to show mastery
in English and Math, through one of the following: College and career assessments – like
the SAT, Accuplace or Advanced Placement exams. Completion of a capstone or portfolio, including
evidence of a student’s readiness. (Think projects or writing samples). An approved career and technical education
certificate or degree. Or through the completion of a college level
class. This new approach is less about the time a
student spends in the classroom… And more about how they show they are truly
prepared for the world after high school. Students will still continue to engage in
rigorous coursework, as they always have. They’ll just have these three key requirements
to help further prepare them for the challenges of college… career… and life. To learn more, talk to your school counselor,
school leaders, or visit collegeandcareer.dpsk12.org