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Graduate Profile Exercises


DJUSD Graduate Profile Initiative

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We’re excited to officially launch the DJUSD Graduate Profile. Our Graduate Profile defines 21st Century Learning by specifying the outcomes that we, as a community, believe are important for student success in college, career, and beyond. After a seven-month campaign that engaged over a thousand stakeholders, the Board of Education adopted the Graduate Profile at their April 19. 2018 meeting. Moving forward, the Graduate Profile will be an important guide post for reviewing, developing and enhancing school programs and practices as well as district initiatives, facilities and professional development.

Competencies of a DJUSD Graduate


Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Students reason effectively in order to identify, define, and solve complex problems and essential questions.


Students work effectively, respectfully, and with empathy in a team of differing opinions, skills, and strengths. Students assume shared responsibility for collaborative work.


Students speak and write with clarity, listen actively, and read with comprehension.  They know their audience, understand the purpose, choose precise language, and when appropriate, incorporate media to enhance ideas.

Creativity and Innovation

Students take risks, explore multiple possibilities, challenge the status quo, and seek to continually improve processes and products. They deliberate through a design process to solve problems and act on creative ideas.

Civic and Cultural Awareness

Students will develop and establish an awareness of the responsibilities of contributing individuals in a diverse society. They recognize and respect the differences in values that may exist between themselves and people from other countries or from varying social and cultural backgrounds.

Adaptability and Resilience

Students adapt to varied roles, responsibilities, and contexts, working effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities. They persist to accomplish difficult tasks and to overcome academic and personal barriers to meet goals.


DJUSD created a Graduate Profile as part of our efforts to review Board Policy on High School Graduation Requirements. A Graduate Profile is a document that a school or district uses to specify the cognitive, personal, and interpersonal competencies that students should have when they graduate high school in order to be successful in the 21st century. This is a clear visualization of priority goals for teaching and learning that can be easily communicated to students, parents, faculty, and staff to align their collective efforts. 


The creation of a Graduate Profile included a yearlong community process to identify the competencies that we believe are important for DJUSD students to learn. We kicked this off with a board study session, where we started to brainstorm some of these valuable skills. Then through a series of community outreach activities combined with LCAP meetings, a diverse group of Davis stakeholders (students, staff, parents, alum, etc.) had the opportunity to contribute ideas towards this Graduate Profile. Our final Graduate Profile consisting of six competencies was ratified by the Board of Education on April 19, 2018.