In addition to the subject and course requirements described in section 2, students must meet the basic requirements outlined below to receive a high school diploma.
All students must attend eight semesters in Grades 9-12 for six periods daily unless the best interests of a student require a different plan. An alternative student enrollment plan involving an accelerated program or a shortened-day schedule, planned for a student with the advice of a counselor, must be approved by the principal and parent or guardian. If a student's program is changed to fewer than six periods per day during the year, prior notification of parent or guardian must be made.
Each student must maintain a record of responsible citizenship.
Students must earn a total of 44 semester credits (including a maximum of 8 credits in physical education, NJROTC, AFJROTC, or JROTC), 32 of which must be earned in Grades 10,11 and 12. Students on an approved early graduation plan must have a total of 44 credits. Credit for Algebra (and higher) and foreign language courses taken in Grades 7 and 8 may be applied to a high school diploma. Courses meeting the 44-credit requirement for graduation are listed in the "High School Diploma Subject and Course Requirements" section.
As of 1997: A grade point average of 2.00 or higher is required to earn a diploma for graduation, otherwise a certificate of completion is issued. Although a particular grade-point average for citizenship is not a part of graduation requirements for a diploma, a grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in both scholarship and citizenship is required to participate in graduation ceremonies, co-curricular activities and interscholastic athletics.
Advanced Placement (AP) and international baccalaureate (IB) and Honor (HP) courses,
Out-of-class preparation to reinforce, extend and enrich school experiences is expected of all students as part of their efforts to succeed in their studies.
8 semester credits
Grade 9 English: 2 credits (English 1-2 or advanced alternative)
Grade 10 English: 2 credits (English 3-4 or advanced alternative)
Grade 11 & 12 English: 4 credits, including 1 credit in a course that emphasizes American Literature and 3 credits from a prescribed list of English courses.
English as a Second Language (ESL) may be used to fulfill the 8-semester English requirement.
English credit will not be granted for drama, public speaking or journalism.
3 semester credits
Fine Arts, Visual and Performing Arts: Includes courses in art, music, drama/theater arts and public speaking.
Practical Arts: Includes courses in business education, consumer and family Studies, industrial education, vocational and occupational programs, instructional television, journalism and yearbook.
6 semester credits
Grade 9 or 10: 2 credits in World History or advanced alternative
Grade 11: 2 credits in U.S. History or advanced alternative
Grade 12: 1 credit in Government and 1 credit in Economics, or advanced alternative.
6 semester credits
Effective with 2004 graduates: Algebra 1-2, Geometry 1-2 and Intermediate Algebra 1-2
4 semester credits
Students must be enrolled in physical education in Grades 9 and 10 unless exempted. Four credits must be earned in Grades 9-12.
4 semester credits
Yearlong course in life science and yearlong course in physical science are required.
Students can fulfill this requirement in one of three ways:
Courses required for graduation include proficiency standards. Proficiencies are the basic skills and knowledge students must master in order to pass a specific course. The classroom teacher evaluates the students based on course content, which includes the proficiency assessments. Students must pass the proficiencies at the stated level as well as meet the other requirements established by the teacher in order to pass the course.
Additional credits needed to reach a total of 44 credits may be earned by completing additional courses in the above areas and/or elective courses. Courses using languages other than English as the medium of instruction for students not fluent in English may be substituted to fulfill specific subject area requirements.
In 1988, the Board of Education adopted the Common Core Curriculum. This curriculum requires that all courses in English, world languages, mathematics, science, social studies, and the visual and performing arts meet or exceed the levels suggested by the California Department of Education's curriculum frameworks and model curriculum standards.
The grade level of senior high school students is based on the total, cumulative number of credits earned toward high school graduation. The minimum number of credits earned, prior to the beginning of each school year, to achieve each grade level is:
NOTE: This represents the minimum numbers of credits to qualify for a grade-level standing. If the student is at the low end of the scale, it will be difficult to graduate on schedule.
College entrance requirements vary; it should be understood that meeting these high school graduation requirements does not guarantee entrance to specific colleges.
Graduation Requirements (ppt)