Graduation Requirements

Coursework

The coursework required includes the following:

  • 4 units of English language arts (4 years)

  • 4 units of mathematics (4 years)

  • 3 units of science (3 years)

    • 2 unit lab science, 1 unit science elective

  • 3 units of social studies (3 years)

    • 2.5 units social studies, 0.5 units civics

  • 1 unit of physical education (1 year)

  • 1 unit arts or eligible Career & Technical Education (CTE) arts (1 year)

  • 8 units of approved electives

PE waivers

  • PE waivers are available to students who have participated in a CHSAA sport their freshman, sophomore or junior year. 1 season can waive 1 semester of PE. 

ICAP

DPS requires all students to graduate having a plan for after high school that is meaningful to them. Students will continue to work with their counselors, teachers and families to develop, update and complete their personalized Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAPs), a process which starts as early as the sixth grade. 

Through this personalized career and academic planning process, students are empowered to learn about themselves and evaluate their path to career and college including setting and marking progress towards goals, exploration career and college options, planning towards high school graduation, and learning about financial literacy and financial aid opportunities. 

ICAP lessons will be done through advisory classes this year.

Competency

What does it mean to demonstrate competency?

It means being able to show that you’ve learned certain skills, abilities and concepts, and that you are able to apply them in the real world. You not only understand an idea or skill, you are also able to build on what you’ve been taught, and even feel comfortable explaining it to others.