Starting with our Class of 2021 and every graduating class after that, we have new graduation requirements. The new requirements are less about grades earned for time spent in a classroom, and more about students demonstrating they are truly prepared for the world after high school.



Learn about each graduation requirement:

Learn more about ICAP »

Students will continue to work with their counselors, teachers and families to develop, update and complete their Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAPs), a process which starts as early as the sixth grade. 

Through this personalized career and academic planning tool, students are empowered to evaluate all aspects of their path to college and career, including goal setting, college opportunities, academic planning, financial literacy and financial aid, and 21st-century skills. This framework creates an attainable roadmap for students, so they are able to visualize how exploring possibilities and achieving milestones translates to their future college and career aspirations. At the end of their senior year, they will turn in the completed plan to fulfill the ICAP requirement. 

Learn more about Coursework »

Students will engage in a rigorous course of study and required to complete 24 units of course credit across an assortment of content areas to prepare them for acceptance requirements at postsecondary institutions.

The coursework required includes the following:

  • 4 units of English language arts
  • 4 units of mathematics
  • 3 units of science
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 1 unit of physical education
  • 1 unit of arts or eligible Career Technical Education (CTE)
  • 8 units of approved electives

Competency »

In order to graduate from DPS, every student will demonstrate competency in English, math and/or career readiness by completing one or more items in the competency menu (scroll down to see the list of options).

There are lots of ways to show what you’ve learned in school, which is why we created a flexible menu of options to demonstrate competency in English, math and career readiness.