The abbreviation “a‐g” refers to the 15 high school courses students must complete to satisfy the subject requirement for admission to the University of California and California State University. To be eligible, students must complete each course with a grade of C or better — and at least seven of the 15 must be taken in the last two years of high school. Learn more here.
While students are encouraged to pursue the highest grade possible in every class, a grade of “D” is considered passing for graduation purposes. Students with “D” grades in core subjects, however, are rarely considered for admission to UC/CSU, and are encouraged to retake the course to earn a higher grade. Additionally, “D” grades lower students’ grade point average (GPA), and could put them in danger of not meeting the minimum 2.0 GPA.
All graduates must be prepared for success in life after high school – to enter college AND to enter the workforce. The skills needed to complete the “a‐g” requirements will ensure our students are competitive as they enter the workforce. Additionally, it provides all students with the option to pursue a college education later in life.
Any student who can demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English can receive up to two years of credit in World Language. All bilingual students are encouraged to attempt the proficiency exam.
Students who receive special education services may have adjustments made to their graduation requirements, per their Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. These adjustments will be made by the students’ IEP/504 team.
Using California state minimum graduation requirements as a guide, students’ graduation requirements will be determined by the IEP/Section 504 team. Depending on the courses completed, this student may earn a diploma or a Certificate of Achievement/Completion. (See Education Code 56390).
California state law provides an exception for high school graduation requirement foster district within a reasonable time frame (by the end of their 4 year of high school). Foster youth in these circumstances must complete at least the minimum requirements for graduation set by the State of California. This includes:
Foster youth must also pass the ELA. (See Education Code 51225.3 or AB167).