Peak to Peak and Boulder Valley School District are committed to ensuring that every student succeeds after high school – no matter which college or career pathway they choose.
Beginning with the Class of 2021, in order for BVSD students to graduate high school and receive a high school diploma, they must meet both BVSD’s credit requirements and demonstrate their competence in English and Mathematics, as required by Colorado’s new graduation guidelines.
1. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 225 credits including completion of specific subject area requirements*
English: 40 Credits
Math: 40 Credits
Science: 30 Credits (40 Recommended)
Social Studies: 30 Credits (40 Recommended)
World Language: 30 Credits or Level 40
Visual & Performing Arts: 20 Credits
Technology: 5 Credits
Health: 5 Credits
P.E.: 10 Credits (Minimum 5 on Campus)
General Electives: 10 Credits
College Research Seminar: 5 Credits
CO SAT: Required Participation
Community Service: 100 Hours
*See course description book for more specific details.
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.
The SAT is a college entrance exam that is accepted or required at nearly all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The current SAT includes sections on reading, writing and math. The highest possible score for each section is 800. The SAT is the state-mandated exam for all juniors given in April. Consult with your school for additional test administration dates and locations.
Course Code: English X88 Math X89
ACT is a national college admissions exam. It measures four subjects – English, reading, math and science. The highest possible score for each subject is 36. The ACT is administered throughout the year. Consult your school for dates and locations.
Course Code: ACT English X76 ACT Math X77
(*ACT Compass Completely Phased Out as of December 31, 2016)
18 English 19 Math
Advanced Placement (AP)
AP exams test students’ ability to perform at a college level. Schools choose which AP exams will fulfill this menu option. Scores range from 1 to 5 (highest).
Course Code: AP Eng X82 AP Math X83
ACT Work Keys is an assessment that tests students’ job skills in applied reading, writing, mathematics and 21st century skills. Scores are based on job profiles that help employers select, hire, train, develop and retain a high-performance workforce. Students who score at the bronze level (at least 3) in applied mathematics, mapping and reading earn the ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate. Consult with your school to determine test availability.
Course Code: ACT Work Keys Eng X80 ACT Work Keys Math: X81
3 (Bronze level) English
3 (Bronze level) Math
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a comprehensive test that helps determine students’ eligibility and suitability for careers in the military. Students who score at least 31 on the AFQT are eligible for service (along with other standards that include physical condition and personal conduct). Students who take the ASVAB are not required to enlist in the military. Consult your school to determine test availability.
Course Code: ASVAB English X84 ASVAB Math X85
International Baccalaureate (IB)
IB exams assess students enrolled in the official IB Diploma Programme. Courses are offered only at authorized IB World Schools. Scores range from 1 to 7 (highest).
Course Code: English X86 Math X87
Capstone is a culminating exhibition of a student’s project or experience. It can be portfolio of work along with a public demonstration of academic learning in English and/or Math. Capstone will be evaluated using the district rubric.
Course Code: Capstone English X90 Capstone Math X91
Capstone will be approved by a designated reviewer and evaluated based on the district rubric.
Concurrent enrollment provides students the opportunity to enroll in postsecondary courses, simultaneously earning high school and college credit. Consult with your school for concurrent enrollment options based on a student's individualized career and academic plan (ICAP). Institutions of higher education determine passing grades for credit.
Course Code: Concurrent Eng X94 Concurrent Math X95
Institutions of higher education determine passing grades for credit.
Industry certificate is a credential recognized by business and industry. Consult with Boulder Tech for Industry Certificate Options.
Course Code: Industry Certificate Eng X96 Industry Certificate Math X97
Receipt of the industry certificate and approval by the district-designated reviewer.
Peak to Peak and Boulder Valley School District are committed to ensuring our students are prepared to meet these requirements so they can graduate on-time. Our counseling team will support our students and families throughout this process.
Beginning with the class of 2021, students will be meeting with their counselors in February of their sophomore year to discuss their graduation pathway for both English and Math.
Students will begin meeting these requirements, working towards completing the specific criteria for the measurement pathway. 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.
High school counselors will continue to support student’s needs and work with them in facilitating the right pathway option to meet their requirements if they have not already been met.
Our goal is to ensure that every student reaches this important milestone. Students will be confirmed to graduate once they have met both the credit requirement and the demonstration of competency in English and Math.