IKF Graduation Requirements

Title                               Graduation Requirements

Designation                 IKF

Office/Custodian        Education/Executive Director of Learning Services



Graduation from District 49 is based upon demonstrated mastery of Colorado Academic Standards. Students demonstrate mastery by completing their Pathway Plan and, by attaining specified levels of achievement on designated examinations, or by completing a Capstone project, successfully completing college-level course work, or by earning a workforce certificate. 


To facilitate the transition from the traditional credit-based method of granting diplomas to the competency-based model required by Colorado’s graduation guidelines, the legacy standards of District 49 are incorporated in a new regulation, IKF-R-2. IKF-R-2 specifies requirements for all graduates prior to 2021. Specific requirements beginning with the graduating class of 2021 are incorporated in IKF-R-1.


In order to grant a diploma, zones and schools must verify that a student has demonstrated mastery in the following content areas:

·       Success Skills

·       English/Language Arts

·       Fine Arts

·       Foreign Language / Practical Arts

·       Health and Physical Education

·       Mathematics

·       Science

·       Social Studies


The Chief Education Officer and Zone Leaders shall collaborate with secondary school administrators and teachers to develop a menu of methods by which students may demonstrate mastery of the Colorado Academic Standards. Where applicable, district leaders may collaborate with other districts or BOCES to submit rigorous and standards-based assessments for endorsement by the Colorado Department of Education.


The approved course of study and methods to demonstrate mastery shall be incorporated into each student’s Pathway Plan and, where appropriate referenced in any Individualized Education Program (IEP) or other individualized learning plans.

Current practice codified:  1980

Adopted: Date of manual adoption

Revised: December 3, 1987

Revised: April 18, 1991

Revised: August 10, 2000

Revised:  March 7, 2002

Revised: July 12, 2007

Revised: January 10, 2008

Revised: July 8, 2010

Revised: September 8, 2011

Revised: March 8, 2012

Revised:  February 13, 2014

Revised:  March 12, 2015

Revised:  April 13, 2017



C.R.S. 22-1-104 (teaching history, culture and civil government)

C.R.S. 22-32-109(1)(kk) (board to establish graduation requirements)

C.R.S. 22-32-132 (discretion to award diploma to honorably discharged veterans)

C.R.S. 22-33-104.5 (home-based education law)

C.R.S. 22-35-101 et seq. (Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act)



AE, Accountability/Commitment to Accomplishment

AEA, Standards Based Education

IHBG, Home Schooling

IHCDA, Concurrent Enrollment

IK, Academic Achievement

ILBC, Literacy and Reading Comprehension Assessments