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Graduation (and Valedictorian) Requirements

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  1. What are the minimum admission requirements set by the Colorado Council on Higher Education's for Colorado's public 4-year colleges and universities?

    English 4 years

    Math- Algebra I or higher 4 years

    Natural/Physical Sciences 3 years (2 lab sciences)

    Social Studies 3 years

    Foreign Language 1 year

    Academic Electives 2 years

    **Please note that these are the minimum. Many schools require more years of world language or other courses. Please check with the individual college/university.


  2. What are the graduation requirements?

    All students must successfully complete the required 23 credits in order to participate in GHS's graduation ceremony. The requirements include:

    * English (4.0)

    * Social Studies (3.5) in the following areas:

    --0.5 Geography

    --0.5 American Government

    --1.0 American History

    --1.0 World History

    --0.5 Economics

    * Mathematics (3.0 at least at a level of Algebra 1 or above)

    * Science (3.0)

    * Physical Education (0.5)

    *Fine Arts or Career Technical Ed (CTE) (0.5)

    * Electives (8.5 total)


  3. What are the Valedictorian Criteria?

    --Have a cumulative 4.0 grade point average (unweighted)

    --Have completed the required 23 credits to graduate

    --Have a minimum of 10 credits in Advanced Placement classes, Honors classes or Accelerated classes

    --Take 1 of the 10 credits in Advanced Placement, Honors or Accelerated classes in the senior year

    --Pass/Fail classes will not count

    --In the case of a tie, the valedictorian will be the student with the highest total grade points. The Salutatorian will be the first runner up

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