DPS Graduation Requirements website
ICAP lessons are the basic foundation for students in learning and planning their career passions and opportunities and are now a part of graduation requirements. For students to truly graduate career and college ready students must have a set plan that includes career exploration and exposure, knowledge of opportunities and self, and a concrete plan for life after high school!
Concurrent enrollment allows students to earn free college credit while still in high school, giving them a head start on their career and college goals. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment or on a college campus, earning college and high school credits simultaneously. Available at all DPS high schools, many concurrent enrollment credits are transferable to a two- or four-year degree program. Research shows providing college-level work while in high school helps prepare students for postsecondary success, particularly those historically underserved in higher education.
By earning transferable college credits while still in high school, students save both time and money and ease the transition to college. Through concurrent enrollment, students are exposed to the rigors of college at an earlier age, better preparing them for postsecondary success. With the ICAP process, concurrent enrollment allows students to take courses that are of personal interest to them. Additionally, students who participate in concurrent enrollment are eligible to apply for ASCENT.
ASCENT is a 5th year high school program allowing students to attend college full-time for one year after high school for free. Students attend a participating technical, community, or 4 year college the year following graduation from high school.
Passed into law in 2009, ASCENT increases the number of postsecondary degrees earned by Colorado students by expanding the pathways from high school to career & college. The program gives students a head start in earning a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree…all while saving time and money. The DPS ASCENT team provides participating students with critical wrap-around advising services to support the critical transition from high school to college. Students with at least 12 credit hours of college coursework by graduation may be eligible for the ASCENT program.
Edgenuity is the online platform Denver Public Schools utilizes to assist students remediate coursework and get back on track to graduate! If you are interested in learning more please contact the School Counselor, Mr. Christensen.