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Graduation Requirements

The basic graduation requirements are listed below. A student must earn a minimum of 27 credits in order to graduate.

4 Credits - English
  • Language Arts 1 - 1 credit
  • Language Arts 2 - 1 credit
  • Language Arts 3 - 1 credit
  • Language Arts 4 - .5 credit
  • Speech - .5 credit
 
4 Credits - Math
  • Math 1 - 1 credit
  • Math 2 - 1 credit
  • Math 3 - 1 credit
  • Math Elective 1 credit
  • Upper level classes provide other options
 
3 Credits - Science
  • Integrated Science - 1 credit
  • Biology - 1 credit
  • Chemistry - 1 credit
  • Upper level classes provide other options
 
3 Credits - Social Studies
  • Issues in the 21st Century - .5 credit
  • Global Studies - 1 credit
  • US History - 1 credit
  • American Government - .5 credit
 
2 Credits - World Language
  • Two years of a foreign Language is the minimum requirement. Students can earn World Language credit in middle school.
 
1 credit - Fitness

.5 credit - Health

9.5 credits - General Electives

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27 TOTAL REQUIRED TO GRADUATE

Additional Requirements
  • Grad Portfolio
  • Community Service-20 hours
 
CREDIT EARNING OPTIONS:
  1. Credit from other high schools:
    New students who wish to register at Durango High School must furnish an official transcript from the previous school attended.
  2. Up to 3 Carnegie units of correspondence courses will be allowed with prior approval of the principal or his/her designee.
  3. Credit from participation in interscholastic sports: During their high school career, students may earn a maximum of 1 Carnegie unit in fitness or general elective credits when they complete 2 seasons of a sport.
Seniors taking correspondence courses to fulfill requirements must complete them by May 1st of their senior year in order to participate in graduation ceremonies. Students who are graduating early must complete correspondence courses by the end of the semester in which they plan to fulfill graduation requirements.

FAILED COURSES

Students who have failed one or more courses and who would like to make up credits have several sources from which to choose: summer school or a DHS program.  See your Counselor for specifics.

Senior Specifics

In order to earn a DHS diploma, a senior must be in attendance at least one semester of his/her senior year.

Any student considering early graduation should discuss the advantages and disadvantages
with his/her parents and counselor. A student must complete the following steps:
  1. Complete an Early Graduation Application and a graduation contract with an academic counselor to verify that the student is eligible for the Early Graduation Program.
  2. Type a letter of intent, addressed to the principal, to graduate early listing specifically the reasons for choosing this alternative.
  3. Return the application, contract, and letter of intent by the end of September to the Counseling Center.
  4. Be in good academic standing and passing all his/her classes during last semester.
Beginning with the Class of 2004, DHS will recognize as Honor Graduates those students with a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

Detailed information is available through the Counseling Office.