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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

We recognize and celebrate the unique dreams of our students. We know there is not a single formula for success. We are committed to building multiple pathways to successful futures for our students. We provide the highest number of Career and Technical Education courses in our region, AP classes, and concurrent enrollment opportunities. We are committed to ensuring all students graduate ready for college and career.

SOME FACTS ABOUT GRADUATION PATHWAYS

 Montezuma-Cortez High School have the opportunity to choose among new options, alled pathways, that will help guide them toward future careers MCHS pathways have been created through cooperation with teachers, counselors, parents, and students. The pathways are based on students’ post-graduation plans and are designed to guide students through the steps necessary to achieve those goals.

STUDENTS INTERESTED IN GOING TO COLLEGE OR TECHNICAL SCHOOL

  • The Advanced Placement, ACT, and SAT pathways are college-prep tracks designed to help students earn admission to and succeed in four-year universities.

  • The Accuplacer pathway equips students to enter community colleges or technical schools.

  • The Concurrent Enrollment pathway gives students an opportunity to enroll in college-credit classes while still working toward high school graduation.

STUDENTS INTERESTED IN GOING DIRECTLY INTO THE WORKFORCE

The Industry Certificate pathway enables students develop competency in a particular field and prepares them to enter the workforce.

For example:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Agriculture
  • Welding
  • Auto-body
  • EMS
  • Fire Science

STUDENTS INTERESTED IN GOING INTO THE MILITARY

  • The ASVAB pathway helps students prepare for military careers

Students are encouraged to use the pathways to explore their interests and aptitude for future possibilities. Although they will make their initial choices as freshmen, students can move from one pathway to another if they find their strengths and interests change over time. Students may also complete requirements and courses in more than one pathway. A student is never locked into a single pathway. Staff will work with all students to support them in successfully completing their chosen pathway.Information on specific requirements for each pathway is available by contacting Dr. Jason Wayman, Principal at Montezuma Cortez High School.

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High schools across the state are implementing similar guidelines as part of a state requirement to better prepare students. In-depth information about the state’s rationale and process for developing graduation requirements is available from the Colorado Department of Education website: