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Graduation Requirements

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The California Education Code (EC) establishes minimum requirements for graduation from California high schools. These requirements should be seen as minimums and support regulations established by local school boards. All students must meet minimum proficiency requirements in English, Language Arts, and mathematics computation in addition to fulfilling subject and credit requirements as shown on the chart above, and pass the High School Exit Exam in order to graduate.

The recommended program for graduation is 240 credits. To graduate from high school a student must earn a minimum of 220 credits. One subject taken every day for a semester and passed counts as 5 credits. 

The California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) have established a uniform minimum set of courses required for freshman admission. The UC has created a Doorways site that provides complete information about the high school courses approved for university admission. In addition to the required courses, California public universities have other freshman admission requirements.

 High School Subject Area  Requirements for High School  Graduation*  Requirements for UC Admission  Requirements for CSU  Admission

Four years (40 credits).

 Four years of approved courses.

 Four years of approved courses.

 Mathematics  Three years (30 credits), including  Algebra I.

 Three years, including algebra,  geometry, and intermediate algebra. 

 Four years recommended.

 Three years, including algebra,  intermediate algebra, and geometry.

 Social Science

 Three years of history/social science  (30 credits), including one year of  U.S. history & geography; one year  of  world history, culture, and  geography; and one semester each  of American government and  economics.

 Two years of history/social science,  including one year of U.S. history or  one-half year of U.S. history and  one-half year of civics or American  government; and one year of world  history, cultures, and geography.

 Two years, including one year of U.S.  history or U.S. history and  government and one year of other  approved social science.

 Two years (20 credits),  including Biology I and  a physical  science.

 Two years with lab required, chosen  from biology, chemistry, and physics. 

 Three years recommended.

 Two years, including one year of  biological and one year of physical  science with lab.

 Languages Other Than English

 One year (10 credits) of either visual  and performing arts OR  language  other than English.

 Two years in same language  required. 

 Three years recommended.

 Two years in same language  required.

 Visual and Performing Arts

 One year (10 credits) of either visual  and performing arts OR language  other than English.

 One year of visual and performing  arts chosen from the following:  dance,  drama/theater, music, or  visual art.

 One year of visual and performing  arts chosen from the following:  dance, drama/theater, music, or  visual art.

 Physical Education

 Two years (20 credits)

 Electives  70 units

 One year.**

 One year.**

 TOTAL  16 15 (11 by the end of junior year)  15


* All students must pass the California High School Exit Examination prior to graduation, in addition to meeting course requirements. Class of 2015 needs two math courses (20 credits).

** Must be chosen from approved academic courses in history, English, advanced mathematics, lab science, language other than English, social science, or fine arts. See UC Doorways for approved courses at your high school.