Graduation Requirements

 Denver Public Schools (DPS) Diploma

Northfield High School uses the high school graduation requirements set by Denver Public Schools. Two hundred and forty semester hours (240 units) shall be required to receive a high school diploma.

Total Credits/Units Required: 240 credits/24 Units
English
40 credits = 4 Units = 4 years = 8 semesters
Including the following named courses:
• English 1 or Intro. to Literature and Composition (1 year)
• English 2 or American Literature and Composition (1 year)
• English 3 or other Upper Division Writing Academic Elective (1 year)
• 1 year of other English (1 year of ELD can count for English Elective)
Social Studies
30 credits = 3 Units = 3 years = 6 semesters
Including the following named courses:
• U.S. History (1 year)
• Civics (1 semester)
Science
30 credits = 3 Units = 3 years = 6 semesters
Including the following named courses:
• 2 years of Lab Science (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
Math
40 credits = 4 Units = 4 years = 8 semesters
Including the following named courses:
• Algebra I or Integrated Math 1 (1 year)
The high school algebra requirement will be waived for a student who successfully completes one year of algebra in middle school (or passes the 8th grade Algebra Test). In no case will students receive high school credit for courses completed in middle school.
• Geometry or Integrated Math 2 (1 year)
• Advanced Algebra II (1 year)
• Higher Level Math (1 year)
Physical Education, Dance, or ROTC
10 credits = 1 Unit = 1 year = 2 semesters
Fine Arts:
10 credits = 1 Unit = 1 year = 2 semesters
Other Academic Electives (Can include World Language, CTE Courses, or other core class)
10 credits = 1 Unit = 1 year = 2 semesters
Electives
50 credits = 5 Units = 10 semesters (may include Acad. Electives)

 

International Baccalaureate ® Diploma

Diploma Programme candidates must fulfill numerous requirements as laid out by the IB organization. Candidates must:

  • Pursue course work in groups 1-5, plus 1 more
    • 3 or 4 courses at the Higher Level (HL)
    • 2 or 3 courses at Standard Level (SL)
  • Score a total of 24 of 45 points on 6 IB exams/assessments. Scores range from 1-7.
  • Complete the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course with a passing grade (D or higher). Receiving an “N” in TOK disqualifies a student from candidacy.
  • Complete the 7 learning outcomes of Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS)
  • Complete the required Extended Essay (EE) with a passing grade (D or higher). Receiving an “N” in EE disqualifies a student from candidacy.
  • Receive no grade 1 in a subject/level.
  • Receive no more than two grade 2s awarded (HL or SL).
  • Receive no more than three grade 3s awarded (HL or SL).
  • Must gain 12 points or more points on HL subjects (for candidates who register for four HL subjects, the three highest count).
  • Must gain 9 points or more on SL subjects (for candidates who register for two SL subjects, they must gain at least 5 points at SL).

Participation in Graduation Ceremony 

It is the responsibility of the student to continually monitor student progress, grades and graduation status. A student may only participate in the Northfield High School graduation ceremony if he/she has completed Northfield High School graduation requirements and earned the minimum of 240 credit hours including all required courses. Students must also meet the NHS attendance requirement of a minimum of 92% and positive behavior expectations. Students are urged to stay in close contact with their counselor for current progress status information.