IKF Graduation Requirements


Graduation Requirements




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