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Graduation Requirements

In addition to meeting the BVSD graduation requirements listed below, students must also demonstrate their competence in English and Mathematics, as required by Colorado's graduation guidelines. Please see the additional 2021 & Beyond BVSD Graduation Requirements for more information. 

BVSD Graduation Requirements 

Credits Required for Graduation: 220 (100 credits in grades 11–12)

These credit hours must be earned in areas listed below. Ten credits are equivalent to one full year of credit in a specific subject.

Minimum Required Courses 

Language Arts: 40 credits in grades 9–12 

  • 10 in 9th Grade English Language Arts, grade 9 
  • 10 in 10th Grade English Language Arts, grade 10 
  • 10 in 11th Grade English Language Arts, grade 11 
  • 5 in Communication courses, grades 9–12
  • 5 in Language Arts Elective courses, grades 9–12 

Social Studies: 30 credits in grades 9–12 

  • 5 in U.S. Government, grade 9 
  • 5 in World Geography, grade 9 
  • 10 in World History, grade 10 
  • 10 in U.S. History, grade 11 

Mathematics: 20 credits in grades 9-12

  • 10 in Algebra 1 or higher, grades 9–12 
  • 10 additional Math credits, grades 10–12 

Science: 20 credits in grades 9–12 

  • 10 in Life Sciences, grades 9–12 
  • 10 in Physical Sciences, grades 9–12 

Health: 5 credits in grades 10–12 

  • 5 credits, grade 10 recommended 

Physical Education: 15 credits in grades 9–12 

  • 5 in Wellness in Action, grade 9 
  • 10 in additional P.E. courses,
    balanced between individual fitness and team sports, grades 9–12

Fine Arts: 5 credits in grades 9–12 

  • 5 in Music or Art

Second Language Acquisition: 10 credits in grades 9-12

  • 10 in World Languages, Level 2 or higher 
  • (10 in approved English Language Acquisition for Emerging Bilingual students)

Practical Experiences: 5 credits in grades 9–12 

  • Business, Computer Science, Design Technology, Family and Consumer Education, TEC 


  • Completion of an approved one-semester computer class in middle school or completion of a one-semester course that meets the computer requirement (Computer Science, Design Technology, or CTEC computer class). 

Money Management/Personal Finance

  • Completion of one from the following:
    • B104 Personal Finance
    • H50 Interpersonal Relationships (1 year)
    • T75 AP Macroeconomics
    • B60 Principles of Management
    • T77 AP Microeconomics
    • B80/81 Principles of Marketing A/B
    • B82 Strategic Marketing
    • B86 Principles of advertising


  • Completion of the BVSD online program by the end of the fall semester of the senior year.
    (Enrollment information for the Financial Wellness online class is available on the BHS Website)

*Note: *If Money Management/Personal Finance is completed online, then one semester of Practical Experiences must be taken at Boulder High. 

Elective Courses: 70 credits beyond required courses in grades 9-12

BHS Course Requirement Listing: "Big 5 Mighty 7"

This document provides a listing of specific courses at Boulder High School that meet the graduation requirements.