The Board has the responsibility to formulate policies that students must meet to be eligible for high school graduation. The education Standards and minimum requirements set by the Code and the Department of Education will be observed.

To receive a high school diploma from the Colfax-Mingo Community School District, a student must have earned a total of forty seven (47) credits in grades 9-12. One credit is earned for a class that meets five times a week for 90 days, or 1semester.   It shall be the responsibility of the high school principal to ensure students recommended for graduation have met the requirements specified by the Board. The Board of Directors has approved the following graduation  requirements:

Basic Requirements:                                                              Minimum Credits Required

4 Years of English                                                                            8 credits

3 Years of Mathematics                                                                    6 credits

3 Years of Science                                                                            6 credits

  • Years of Social Studies                                                            6 credits
  • Years of Physical Education                                                    2 credits

½ Year of Computer Science [Fr/So]                                               1 credit

½ Year of Personal Finance [Fr/So]                                                 1 credit

Electives                                                                                         17 credits

Total Credits                                      47 Credits

Community Service:                                                                        80 hours

** A complete list of courses to choose from is available each year in the student course handbook.

All students arc required to take at least  seven  (7) of eight periods by taking a minimum of six (6) academic courses and physical education each semester of attendance.

Students enrolled in year-long courses will not be allowed  to drop at semester for reasons other than failing the class. Exceptions may be made n extreme circumstances and may be granted by the principal or their designee.

Transfer students from another school that does not require as 1nany credits as Colfax-Mingo are in danger of not graduating at the scheduled time, will be given individual consideration by prorating the nun1ber of credits needed for graduation according to the tin1e the students spent in the other school.  If the student has not attended a state accredited school, the district will not accept the credits toward graduation.

Students must complete their final semester at Colfax-Mingo High School in order to graduate from the district. The superintendent may waive this requirement in unique and rare situations, such as for new residents.

Students are permitted to graduate at the end of the first semester of their senior year provided all graduation requirements have been met. Students graduating early will be ineligible for participation in co-curricular activities and class activities, except for the Prom and commencement. Students who are interested in graduating at mid-year must notify the high school principal or guidance counselor by the end of their junior year of their intentions to graduate at the mid-year of their senior year. (Exceptions can be made for extenuating circumstances,  at the discretion  of the high school  committee  listed below.)

Students will be able to graduate from Colfax-Mingo with an Opportunity Diploma. The core requirements are the same as the Colfax-Mingo diploma. However, the number of electives will be reduced to 9, with 5 of those mandatory as outlined in the Opportunity Center handbook. Community Service is reduced to 50 hours. Qualifications for inclusion in this program are the following:

  • Must be a junior to be considered
  • Committee decision: Guidance counselor, At-Risk Coordinator, HS Principal, and principal designee
  • Must attempt a class twice before being offered credit via correspondence or APEX, unless agreed by committee
  • Transfer students are admitted on an as-needed basis

**Students may not graduate early with an Opportunity Diploma, except in extreme cases as determined by the committee.

Graduation requirements for special education students will be in accordance with the prescribed course of study as described by the student’s Individualized Education Plan ( IEP). Each student’s IEP will include a statement of the projected date of graduation at least 18 months in advance of the date and the criteria to be used in determining whether  graduation criteria have been met.


Date of Adoption: September 3, 1991

Reviewed and Revised: January  9, 1995; June 30, 1997; March 15,  1999; September  17, 2001; April  19, 2004; December 18, 2006; July 13, 2009; January 18, 2010; November 17, 2014; March 15, 2019