English:  Four years (40 credits)

Math:  Three years including Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 (30 credits)

Social Science:  Three years including World History, US History, US Government, and Economics (30 credits)

Science:  Three years including Biology, Chemistry, and one other year of science (30 credits)

World Language:  Two years of the same language (20 credits)

Elective:  One year of an approved elective (10 credits)


Visual and Performing Arts

Four years, including one year of an approved art course (40 credits). Students not completing the full art program in their chosen emphasis will not be granted the privilege of participating in the graduation ceremony.

Students will have a number of opportunities to pass exams in Mathematics and English/Language Arts. Once a student passes an exam section, he/she does not have to take it again. Students who do not pass the exam but meet all other graduation requirements will receive a certificate of completion, but not a diploma. Students begin taking the exam in the tenth grade.

UC & CSU Admission Requirements

Graduating 12th graders wishing to qualify for regular admission to a California State University must have the following: 

  • Qualifying eligibility index comprised of the GPA and test scores from the SAT I or ACT;
  • High school diploma, satisfactory GED scores or California Equivalency certificate;
  • Satisfactory completion of the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory high school subjects.

Students applying for admission to a University of California campus must complete the 15 units of high school coursework (currently known as the A-G subjects) listed below. One unit equals two semesters in one academic year of study.

In addition, students must meet an eligibility index comprised of the SAT I (or ACT), the SAT II English, the SAT II Mathematics, and a third SAT II score. An alternative way to gain admission to a University of California campus is through the Eligibility by Examination Alone path. There is a third path titled “Eligibility in the Local Context” available for students entering the University of California system.  For complete details, go the website: http://www.ucop.edu/doorways


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


Four years of college-preparatory Engish that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature.


Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include all topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and 2-and 3-dimensional geometry.


Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three disciplines: biology (which includes anatomy, physiology, marine biology, aquatic biology, etc.), chemistry, and physics. Three years recommended.


2 years (three recommended) of the same language.


One year, including dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.


In addition to those courses required in A-F above, one year (two semesters) of college-preparatory electives are required, chosen from advanced visual and performing arts, history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, and language other than English.