• Graduation Requirements for a High School Diploma

    (a grade of D- or better earns credit toward a diploma, a grade of C- or above is required for college admission)

    A.  History/Social Studies: 40 credits (4 years, 10 credits per year) **UCs/CSUs require only 2 years

    B.  English Language Arts: 40 credits (4 years, 10 credits per year)  

    C.  Mathematics: 30 credits (3 years, 10 credits per year)  **UCs/CSUs recommend 4 years

    D.  Science: 20 credits (1 yr/10 credits Life Science & 1 yr/10 credits Physical Science/Chemistry) **UCs/CSUs recommend 3 years of Laboratory Science   

    E.  Language Other Than English: 10 credits **UCs/CSUs REQUIRE 2 years and RECOMMEND 3 years

    F.  Visual/Performing Arts: 10 credits (1 year/10 credits)         

    G. Electives: 55 credits (any courses completed/credits earned over the above requirements are counted as electives) **UCs/CSUs require 1 year from the above list

    P.E.: 20 credits (2 years, 10 credits per year) **not required for UCs/CSUs  
     225 total credits required
    A-G Requirements

    The A-G Requirements are a set of standards that the UC school system in California has adopted to measure the academic base for acceptance into all UC's. These requirements are not the same requirements to receive a diploma from WCCUSD. Those students who choose to pursue post-secondary education at a University will need to make sure that all academic classes and pre-requisties are completed with a minimum of a C or better. Students should contact their counselors for more information or for help setting their schedules and goals for the school year. 

    See the A-G description below to understand the courses required if students choose to pursue a secondary education.

    A-G Requirements for College Admission

    History/social science (“a”) 
    – Two years, including one year of world history, cultures and historical geography and one year of U.S. history, or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of  American government or civics.

    English (“b”)
     – Four years of college preparatory English that integrates reading of classic and modern literature, frequent and regular writing, and practice listening and speaking.

    Mathematics (“c”)
     – Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include or integrate the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.

    Laboratory science (“d”)
     – Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

    Language other than English (“e”) 
    – Two years of the same language other than English or equivalent to the second-level of high school instruction.

    Visual and performing arts (“f”)
     – One year chosen from dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.

    College-preparatory elective (“g”) 
    – One year chosen from the “a-f” courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely in the elective area.

    All classes require a grade of C- or better in all semesters.