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Graduation Requirements


- Four (4) credits of English (English 1, 2, 3, 4 - AP English courses can be taken in lieu of English 3 and 4)
- Three (3) credits of Science (must include Biology and Chemistry)
- Three (3) credits of Mathematics (must include Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II or Statistics and Data)
- Three and one half (3.5) credits of Social Studies (World Studies, Modern World Studies, U.S. History, Civics)
- One (1) credit of Physical Education (unless excused for medical reasons)
- One half (.5) credit of Health
- One (1) credit of Business, Family Consumer Science, ROTC, or Technology Education
- One (1) credit of World Language
- One (1) credit of Art, Music, or Communication Arts
- Three (3) credits of Electives (Student Choice)

TOTAL................................................21 Credits

Credit is awarded on a semester basis. A first semester failure in a full year course cannot be made up by high grades in the second semester. The semester average determines passing or failing. No credit is given for a grade of F in a course nor for repeating a course to improve marks and understanding if credit has already been earned in the same course.


Daily attendance is a critical part of the educational process and is the legal obligation of students and their parents/guardians. In order for students to be successful in school, daily attendance is required. The faculty and staff expect students to be in class unless they are ill, observing a religious holiday, suspended, or due in court. Student absences can be excused, provided that a parent/guardian contacts the Danbury High School Attendance office within (3) school days of the absence.

Students who are absent, excused or unexcused, are expected to make up all work. Students have as many school days to make up work as they were absent, and this time period begins upon the student’s return to school.

Students who accrue a total of (10) absences (excused or unexcused) in a semester will lose the right to attain a letter grade. Credit may still be granted if a student:

1. completes all missing work with the allowed time frame; and

2. demonstrates understanding of all course competencies.

Students who satisfy all of the above criteria will be given a Credit Only (CO) on their report card and transcript, which indicates the student is receiving credit without a letter grade.  A grade of a (CO) is equal to a Grade Point Value of 1.0.  For averaging purposes, (CO) counts as a 65.


A+ = 97 - 100 B+ = 87 - 89 C+ = 77 - 79 D+ = 67 - 69 F = Under 65
A =   93 - 96 B =  83 - 86 C =  73 - 76 D =  65 - 66  
A- = 90 - 92 B- = 80 - 82 C- = 70 - 72    

CO - Credit Only
E - Satisfactory (Special Ed. Only)
H - Excused from P.E. (no credit)
I - Incomplete (5 days to make up work, otherwise it becomes an F)
P - Passing
WF - Withdrawn (Failure)

The amount of credit for a course is determined by the number of times per week it meets, or at the rate of .50 credit for each period per week per semester.


College Preparatory courses are the core course of study for all students at Danbury High School. While it is recognized that not all students will attend college, these courses will ensure that all students, if they so choose, are thoroughly prepared for the rigors of college. College Preparatory courses will also ensure that all students are prepared to be productive citizens in the global community in which we live.

Honors courses present students with the opportunity to learn the same content and skills in the College Preparatory courses, but at a more rigorous level. Students will be exposed to a wider breadth and deeper depth of study at the Honors level. Students in Honors courses can expect a heavier work load than those students enrolled in College Preparatory courses.


The Advanced Placement Program (A.P.) of the College Board is a program of college-level examinations given to secondary school students each year in May. Most colleges give credit and/or advanced placement to students whose A.P. Examination grades are considered acceptable. Examinations are offered in most traditional academic subjects; A.P. credit in Studio Art is awarded through the evaluation of portfolios prepared to A.P. specifications. Credits earned through the A.P. Program may reduce college costs significantly and provide flexibility in college programs not available otherwise. The fee for each A.P. Examination is approximately $92. Limited fee reductions are available for capable students from families meeting certain federal low income standards. A.P. fees are higher than those for most other examinations because major portions of each examination are scored by readers from schools and colleges rather than by machine. All students enrolled in the A.P. courses must take the A.P. Examination. If this poses a financial hardship, please discuss this with your school counselor. Those who are interested in the possibility of obtaining college credit through the A.P. Program should plan well in advance. Information is available through teachers of advanced courses in each department, school counselors, the school A.P. Coordinator, and Students should also consult catalogs and admissions officers of colleges they are interested in attending for current A.P. policies.

• Advanced Placement is considered a full year course with a full year commitment.
• Testing fees will be collected in November at the end of the first marking period.
• Failure to take the A.P. test will result in the loss of A.P. designation on the report card and the transcript.
• Withdrawal from course after the first quarter will result in a WF for both semesters.


UConn Early College Experience (ECE) provides academically motivated students the opportunity to take university courses while still in high school. These challenging courses allow students to preview college work, build confidence in their readiness for college, and earn college credits that provide both an academic and a financial head-start on a college degree. ECE instructors, who are certified as adjunct professors by UConn faculty, create a classroom environment fostering independent learning, creativity and critical thinking – all of which are pivotal for success in college. DHS offers ECE courses in English, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Science. To support rigorous learning, UConn library resources are also available to students. ECE students must successfully complete the course with a grade of C or better in order to receive university credit. University credits are highly transferable to other universities, but it is the student’s responsibility to check with specific universities for transfer of credit. Students are charged a fee in the fall. For additional information visit: or


Danbury High School has developed a close relationship with Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) to provide multiple opportunities for Danbury students to earn college credit while taking AP classes. These opportunities allow students to experience the rigor of college courses while still in high school. WCSU has also offered opportunities for students in these classes to supplement their academic experience by using a variety of college resources, as well as occasional visits to the school’s campus.

WCSU students in the A.P. English classes must complete their courses and earn a grade of 80 or better in order to achieve the college credit. We currently offer the opportunity to earn this credit in some English and math classes.


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