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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

All regular students grade 9-11 must have six classes.
Students who do not fully complete a minimum of 230 credits will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.

English 40 semester hours
Mathematics 20 semester hours including completion of Integrated I and Integrated II (or higher)
Science 20 semester hours - 10 Physical Science, 10 Life Science
Social Studies 30 semester hours - 10 World History/Culture, 10 U.S. History, 5 Government, 5 Economics
Physical Ed 20 semester hours - 10 Ninth Grade, 10 Tenth Grade*
Computer Studies 5 semester hours or pass competency test
Fine Arts/Foreign Language 10 semester hours in either Foreign Language or Fine Arts**
Focus Area Requirement

20 additional semester hours in a specific area of focus:
1. Fine Arts**
2. Business Education
3. Home Economics
4. Industrial Technology
5. Foreign Language
6. Academic/College - 20 additional credits in core academic areas that enable a student to meet the course entrance requirements of UC and CSU. Students may use ROP courses to satisfy 20 credit requirements if the course work falls within one of the above focus area categories or an approved career pathway.
7. Work Experience courses up to 10 credits may count toward the focus are requirement if they fall within a focus area and the objective of gaining advanced knowledge in focus area.

 

Electives 65 or 70

Total 230 credits

Notes:

  • *Recommended to be taken in the ninth and tenth grades. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.
  • **Fine Arts include all classes in the visual and performing arts

Four-Year Plan for Students

 

 Freshman Year (Ninth Grade)

English I (two semesters) - required
Biology/Physical Science I (two semesters) - required
Math – (two semesters) - required
Physical Education (two semesters) - required
Foreign Language or elective (two semesters) - required
Elective (two semesters) - required

Sophomore Year (Tenth Grade)

English II (two semesters) - required
Chemistry/Biology (two semesters) - required
Math (two semesters) - required
Physical Education (two semesters) - required
World History/Culture (two semesters) - required
Foreign Language or elective (two semesters) - required

Junior Year (Eleventh Grade)

English III (two semesters) - required
U.S. History (two semesters) - required
Science elective/Physics (two semesters) - required
Math (two semesters) - required
Elective (two semesters) - required
Elective (two semesters) - required

Senior Year (Twelfth Grade)

English IV (two semesters) - required
Economics (one semester) - required
Government (one semester) - required
Elective (two semesters) - required
Elective (two semesters) - required

 

California College Admission Course Requirements
The following courses must be completed with a "C" or better.*

University of California
Minimum Course Requirements (“A-G” Pattern):
Social Science (2 years: including U.S. History, American Government, and World History)
College-Prep English (4 years: including Composition and Literature)
Mathematics (3-4 years: including Integrated I, II, III; Pre-Calculus; Calculus)
Laboratory Science (2 years: 1 year physical science, 1 year life science, 3-4 years recommended)

Foreign Language (2 years; in the same language, 3-4 years recommended)
Fine Arts (1 year: Visual/Performing Arts in a yearlong UC approved class)
Advanced Course/Electives (1year: approved college-prep electives from the following: History, English, Advanced Math, Lab Science, Foreign Language, Social Science, and Fine Arts)

California State Univeristy
Minimum Course Requirements:
Social Science (2 years: including U.S. History, American Government, and World History)
College-Prep English (4 years: including Composition and Literature)
Mathematics (3-4 years: including Integrated I, II, III; Pre-Calculus; Calculus)
Laboratory Science (1 year physical science, 1 year life science, 3-4 years recommended)
Foreign Language (2 years in same language, 3-4 years recommended)
Fine Arts (1 year Visual/Performing in a yearlong approved class)
Advanced Course/Electives (1 year of approved college-prep electives from the following: History, English, Advanced Math, Lab Science, Foreign Language, Social Science, and Fine Arts)

 

Tests

SAT I – Scholastic Aptitude Test
SAT II – Subject Exam
ACT – American College Test

University of California SAT I & SAT II or ACT & SAT II
California State University SAT I or ACT

The lower the GPA, the higher the score required for admission.

The University of California and California State University have aligned their respective admission requirements. Part of this alignment has taken place in the area of electives, specifically a Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) requirement. Because of this new format the University system has adopted a phase-in approach to allow high schools time to develop courses to meet the requirement. 

 

  • Applicants will be required to present a full-year course in visual or performing arts.