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Graduation Requirements

The School District Board of Education requires that all students participating in the graduation ceremony must first have completed all prerequisites for graduation.  It is understood that satisfactory citizenship is part of the graduation requirements.

High School Graduation Course and Credit Requirement


Course Subject Content

Credit Requirement

English Language Arts Both Reading and Writing components including English Language Development and English 40 credits
Mathematics Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra/Algebra I, Geometry, Advance Algebra/Algebra II, other elective Mathematics 30 credits
Science Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Integrated Science I & II, Earth Science, Oceanography, Geology, Microbiology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science 20 credits
History/Social Science US History, World History/Civilization, American Government, Economics 30 credits
Physical Education PE, Dance, Marching Band, Cadet Corps, Sports/Athletics - must include wellness curriculum for 9th Grade 20 credits
Visual and Performing Arts / Foreign Language Dance, Drama/Theater, Music, Visual Art/Spanish, French, Sign Language 10 credits
Computer Literacy Can be fulfilled with other computer technology classes 5 credits
Health Education   5 credits
Electives Can include ROP and other core area classes, Community Services (minimum 45 hours) and Senior Research Portfolio/Project 60 credits
CAHSEE Must PASS both English Language Arts and Mathematics N/A
Total    220 credits

A-G Requirements

  Subject Years Details
A History/Social Science 2 Two years of history/social science, including one year of world history, cultures and geography and one year of US History or one-half year of US history and one-half year of civics or American government.
B English 4 Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature.  NO more than one year of ESL0type courses can be used to meet this requirement.
C Mathematics 3 Three years of college-preparatory Mathematics that includes the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two-and three dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or this entire requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eight grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.
D Laboratory Science 2 Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry, physics. Advanced laboratory science classes that have biology,chemistry, or physics as prerequisites and offer substantial additional material may be used to fulfill this requirement, as may the final two years of an approved three-years integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects.
E Language Other than English 2 Two years of the same language other than English. Course in language other than English taken int he seventh and eight grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.
F Visual and Performing Arts 1 A single year-long approved arts course from single Visual & Performing Arts discipline: Dance drama/theatre, music or visual art.
G College Preparatory Elective 1 One year (two semesters), in addition to those require in "a-f" above, chosen from the following ares: visual and performing arts (non-introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in language used for the "e" requirement or two years of another language.