District testing may be conducted throughout the school year to provide us with academic growth information. The Colorado Department of Education and the state legislature require that all public school students in the 9th grade take the PSAT 9 test, students in the 10th grade take the PSAT 10 test and students in the 11th grade take the SAT and CMAS Science tests. All the tests are administered in late March to mid April. Students who do NOT take the tests count as a zero that significantly lowers our school and district scores for accountability. In addition, all student are REQUIRED to take NWEA reading and math in the fall and spring to track growth, and all juniors are REQUIRED to take the ASVAB test as part of the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) requirements. These tests are NOT optional, and students who fail to test or provide appropriate documentation may be dismissed from the EDGE program.

The student October reporting system collects counts of pupils enrolled in public schools and programs. On or around October 1 each ear is the designated official count day and state funding for all educational programs are based on the pupil count date. Students in the Sterling High School EDGE Program are REQUIRED to be in attendance at the physical site on the assigned count day for a minimum of 3 hours and until a minimum of two lessons/assessments have been submitted for each class the student is enrolled in. Students may also be asked to completed a variety of activities to meet district guidelines. ATTENDANCE IS NOT OPTIONAL and any student who fails to attend may be removed from the EDGE Program.


All new students are REQUIRED to attend a full day from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (lunch from 11:00-12:00) daily until the first two courses are completed or until the end of the term. All new students are required to take the Strategies for Success class to help prepare them for learning in the online environment.


After the orientation period, all students are REQUIRED to attend daily until proof of completing the minimum daily requirements is submitted.
Students in grades 9 and 10 will report at 8:00am each day.
Students in grades 11 and 12 may report at a time of their choice.

Failure to attend WILL result in an unexcused absence, even if minimum activity/assessment requirements are met for the day. Students who miss more than 10% of the school year (9-10 absences) will be subject to disciplinary action that may include community service, detention time, loss of privileges to attend dances and athletic events and dismissal from the EDGE program.

Students are expected to make special arrangements for any absences. If students submit the minimum required activities/assessments for the week, they may not attend on Friday, as long as they continue to meet 30% weekly progress from home. Onsite requirements will be adjusted for students taking classes on the SHS and/or NJC campus.

All students are REQUIRED to attend a full day onsite each THURSDAY for the Community Learning Seminar. This day will be activity based including, but not limited to, book study/discussion, community service activities, study groups, project-based learning activities and social/emotional learning activities. Students who are absent will be REQUIRED to attend a make up session on Friday afternoon from 1:30-3:45 pm.

Students who fall more than 10% behind in one or more classes will be REQUIRED to attend full day from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (lunch from 11:00-12:00) daily until all assigned courses for the term are completed or until the end of the term.

The goal of the EDGE program is to create a simulated job setting to prepare students for life beyond high school. Just like an employee, students are REQUIRED to contact the mentor-teacher each time they are going to be late or absent. Parents are REQUIRED to contact the office at Sterling High School in order to excuse any absence or tardy.

We (both student and parent/guardian) have read and understand the above and the importance of the Colorado assessments, district assessments, the pupil count day, the orientation period and weekly attendance time. We further understand that non-attendance is subject to possible referral to the Department of Human Services and District Court and/or dismissal from the EDGE Program.