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Academics & Achievement

Scholastic Excellence

Cheyenne Mountain School District is "Accredited with Distinction," the highest accreditation ranking possible, by the Colorado Department of Education. Among school districts with more than 2,000 students, CMSD is the highest ranked school district in Colorado.


On average, nearly 90% of Cheyenne Mountain School District graduates attend colleges and universities.  Cheyenne Mountain High School is also consistently among the top 1% Colorado high schools in preparing college freshman for success as reported by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.


100% of English Language Learning (limited English proficiency) students met their annual measurable academic outcomes as measured by the Colorado Department of Education.


Cheyenne Mountain School District boasts two National Blue Ribbon School Award winners for high performing schools (Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School and Cheyenne Mountain High School).


40% of high school students in the Cheyenne Mountain School District take Advanced Placement® courses, and achieve a pass rate nearly 30% higher than the national average.

The READ Act

The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (the READ Act), passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2012, focuses on early literacy development for all students and especially for students at risk for not achieving third grade reading proficiency.

The READ Act focuses on kindergarten through third grade (K-3) literacy development, literacy assessment and individual READ plans for students identified with a significant reading deficiency.

Information on the READ Act from the Colorado Department of Education.

Graduation Requirements

The academic program at Cheyenne Mountain High School is organized with a seven-period day, with a minimum of 48 credits required for graduation.  Any coursework completed prior to a student’s freshman year (including any on-line, correspondence, and summer school coursework following the eighth grade year) will not be allowed for high school credit, will not be used in the calculation of GPA, and will not be posted to the Cheyenne Mountain High School transcript.


1 Credit = 1 Semester of Work;

2 Credits = 1 Year of Work


Graduation Requirements by Content Area


English 8 credits (4 years)
Mathematics 6 credits (3 years)
Science 6 credits (3 years)
Social Studies 6 credits (3 years)
Physical Education 4 credits (2 years)
Fine Arts 2 credits (1 year)
Academic Electives* 8 credits (4 years)
Electives 8 credits  

*Academic Electives include any English, math, science, social studies and/or fine arts classes taken in excess of the stated requirements, plus classes in the world languages.