Graduation Requirements

High school graduation requirements and college entrance requirements are not the same. Course selection should be based on academic, career, and personal interests. Student interests and goals should guide the path through high school. College admission requirements will vary from school to school. It is recommended that students check admission requirements before applying to their college of choice. Students can always reach out to their high school counselor if they have questions about graduation requirements or the college admission process.

A-G Graduation Requirements:

Students who plan to apply to a 4-year college, or plan to continue their education right after high school graduation should plan to meet A-G requirements. These requirements are mandatory for students who apply to the CSU or UC systems and recommended for students who plan to apply to private and out-of-state colleges and universities. The minimum A-G requirements are summarized below:

A - Social Studies

3 years = 30 units (1 year of World History and 1 year of US History, 1 semester of Economics and 1 semester of Government)

B - English

4 years = 40 units

C - Mathematics

3 years = 30 units (Algebra or higher)

D - Laboratory Science

2 years = 20 units (Biology and Chemistry with an additional year of physics optional)

E - Foreign Language

2 years = 20 units (Must be 2 years of the same language- other then English)

F - Visual & Performing Arts

1 year = 10 units

G - College Prepatory Elective

1 year- 10 units (Can be one year of an A-G approved elective or an extra year of any A-G approved core course. Remember, one year is the minimum requirement, we always encourage students to do more than the minimum.)

D - General Elective

6 semester courses = 30 units

General Graduation Requirements

These are the essential graduation requirements for all high school students.

A - Social Studies

6 semester courses = 30 units (Must include 1 year of US History, 1 year World History, 1 semester of Government, and 1 semester of Economics)

B - English

6 semester courses = 30 units

C - Mathematics

4 semester courses= 20 units (Algebra 1 must be completed)

D - Science

4 semester courses = 20 units (Must include 1 year of Physical Science and 1 year of Life Science)

E/F - Visual Performing Arts OR World Lang

2 semester courses= 10 units 

G - Electives

18 semester courses = 90 units 

Suggested Course Sequence

Grade 9

  • English 9
  • Math
  • Biology
  • Visual/Performing Art
  • Career Explorations
  • PE

Grade 10

  • World History
  • English 10
  • Math
  • Physical Science
  • World Language 1
  • PE
  • CTE elective

Grade 11

  • US History
  • English 11
  • Math
  • World Language 2
  • Elective
  • CTE elective

Grade 12

  • Economics and Government
  • English 12
  • Math
  • Science
  • Elective
  • CTE elective