Graduation Requirements

Ponderosa graduates possess some of the lowest college remediation rates in the state. Graduation rates at Ponderosa High School have remained impressive throughout Ponderosa’s 35-year history. In fact, the graduation rate has remained above 95% for over a decade.  Annually, our students earn an average of 3.5 million in scholarships.  

In order to maintain this high graduation rate and continue to encourage scholarship opportunities for our students, we promote all students and parents to be familiar with the expectations and requirements for our students in regard to graduation.  Our guidance counseling office as well as administration is here to answer any questions regarding graduation requirement or graduation competencies. 

ICAP (Academic Plan) Requirements

Community Service

Graduation Competencies

  • Beginning with the Class of 2022, students are required to demonstrate college and career readiness in order to receive a diploma from a district school.
  • Many students will meet the competency requirements through their SAT scores, but there are a number of other opportunities for students to demonstrate college and career readiness. For more detailed information, please see the Graduation Competency Chart.
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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.