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Southwest Early College Graduation Requirements

In pursuit of our mission to ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive a high school diploma and an associate’s degree and/ or certificate or up to two years of college credit, Southwest Early College High School has established the following graduation requirements. Our graduation requirements are aligned with the Colorado Commission of Higher Education.

Southwest Early College High Schools offers 3 Diploma Programs: Cum Laude: 20 high school credits + 30 or more college credit hours Summa cum Laude: 20 high school credits + 30-49 or more college credit hours Magna cum Laude: 20 high school credits + 50+ college credit hours or an Associate’s degree or certificate

College Prep (High School) Program
  • Rigorous high school level course work aligned to CCHE
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • Prepares students for college-level course work quickly and efficiently
  • Core classes fulfill college course prerequisites
  • Designed to help students at all levels including those who are academically ahead, right on track or behind
  • Tracks with the community college system by offering course content similar to their pre-college-level courses:
    CCR092 = College Composition and Reading
    MAT050= Quantitative Literacy
    MAT055 = Algebraic Literacy
    HS English Transition course
    MAT Transition course
College Program
  • Courses and grades are recorded both on SWEC’s high school transcript and on the college transcript from the institution providing the course.
  • College/university-approved professors
  • College BRIDGE students attend CCD college courses on the SWEC campus as part of SWEC’s normal school day in classes composed entirely of SWEC students.
  • College SELECT students attend college courses at area institutions such as CCD and EGTC, integrating into the classrooms and campus life of those institutions learning side-by-side with other college students.

Grades & Credits

Successful completion of a course is equivalent to 1 unit (10 credits). In order to ensure that students are proficient with the course work, they must receive a C or higher to earn the credits.
A= 90- 100
B= 80- 89
C= 70- 79
F= 69 and below

The following criteria shall entitle a student to a Southwest Early College HS Diploma

  • Successful completion of 24 units (240 credits) in the prescribed categories listed below.
  • Portfolio completion of the requirements and goals as listed on a students’ Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) and/ or Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Demonstration of College and Career Readiness in English and Math

Menu of options English Math
ACCUPLACER or CCPT 80 or 101 85 or CCPT PADI 80
American College Testing (ACT) 18 19
ACT WorkKeys- National Career Readiness Certificate Bronze or higher Bronze or higher
Advanced Placement (AP) 3 or higher 3 or higher
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB Exam) 31 31
Completion of remedial course (C) or higher ENG090, CCR092 (C) or higher MAT050, MAT055
Completion of 100+ College Course ENG121 MAT107 or higher
Industry Certificate TABE test TABE test
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 430 460
General Course of Study

English: 4 units (a unit is equivalent to a course)
Courses include at least two units that emphasize writing or composition skills as well as literature, speech and debate. Also acceptable are honors, advanced placement, and/or international baccalaureate courses. Two units of ESL English count towards meeting the requirements when combined with two units successfully completed college preparatory English.

Math: 4 Units (a unit is equivalent to a course)
At a minimum courses must include Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II or equivalents. Also acceptable are honors, advanced placement, and/or international baccalaureate courses.

Natural Science: 3 Units (a unit is equivalent to a course)
Acceptable courses include biology, chemistry, physics, earth science or comparable work. Also acceptable are honors, advanced placement, and/or international baccalaureate courses.

Social Science: 3 Units (a unit is equivalent to a course)
Mandatory courses include Civics and US History. Other acceptable courses are world civilization, stand and/or international history, principles of democracy, geography, economics, psychology, sociology and comparable coursework. Also acceptable are honors, advanced placement, and/or international baccalaureate courses.

Academic Electives: 6 Units (a unit is equivalent to a course)
Acceptable academic electives include courses in English, Mathematics, natural/physical sciences, social sciences, foreign language, art, music, drama, journalism, computer science, honors, advanced placement, international baccalaureate courses and appropriate Career and Technical Education courses (CTE).