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Graduation Requirements

 

 


Below are the graduation requirments for students in the class of 2021 and later.  For current graduation requirments, click here (class of 2017-2020).


 

For the class of 2021 and after:

 

A high school diploma shall be awarded to all students who satisfactorily meet the prescribed requirements for graduation. Individual educational plans may provide alternative ways to demonstrate proficiencies for special education students.

 

 

  1. GENERAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

     

    • Satisfactory completion of 232.5 credits completed in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 (Generally 5 credits are earned for each semester course passed).

      Classification: Class standing is determined by the number of semester credits completed, grades 9-12.

      • A student becomes a Sophomore when he/she has attained 60 semester credits;

      • A student becomes a Junior when he/she has attained 120 semester credits;

      • A student becomes a Senior when he/she has completed 170 semester credits.

         

  2. SPECIFIC GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS – Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

     

    LANGUAGE ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Credits

    English 9 10

    English 10 10

    English 11 10

    English 12 10

    SOCIAL SCIENCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Credits

    World History 10

    United States History 10

    American Government 5

    Economics 5

     

    MATHEMATICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Credits

    * Every student must pass Algebra or Mathematics I in order to earn a high school diploma.

    ** Students must complete three years of Math through Algebra II with grades of C or better

    to meet the CSU/UC “A - G” College Entrance Requirements.

     

    (Students may be awarded up to 10 credits for successful completion of an approved computer science course that is classified as a CATEGORY C based on the A-G course requirements for college admissions)

    SCIENCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Credits

    Life Science 10

    Physical Science 10

    ** Students must complete both a Life and Physical UC approved Lab Science with grades of C or better in order to meet the CSU/UC “A - G” College Entrance Requirements.

    (Ten credits earned from the following CTE courses may be used to meet the Life Science requirement for graduation: Animal Science, Animal Care II, Vet Science, Hospital Occupations, Body Systems & Disorders, Sports Medicine I, Emergency Medical Technician, or Medical Core.)

     

    • PHYSICAL EDUCATION (with Hands on CPR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Credits

       

      FINE ARTS, WORLD LANGUAGE, or CTE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Credits

      (formerly One year of Fine Art or World Language)

      ** Students must complete two years of the same World Language as well as one year of

      a UC approved Visual and Performing Art with grades of C or better to meet CSU/UC “A - G” College Entrance Requirements.

       

      COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Credits

      (formerly Freshmen Seminar and one semester of Health)

      • Students must complete at least one year of CTE, AVID, AP, or Dual Enrollment

         

        HEALTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.5 Credits

        (formerly a one semester 5 credit course)

      • Students have the opportunity to take Health online throughout the year or as an in seat course during summer.

      ELECTIVES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Credits

       

      TOTAL CREDITS FOR GRADUATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232.5 Credits

      (formerly 230 total credits)

       

  3. DISTRICT POLICIES

     

    • OUTSIDE CREDITS

      • OUSD students are encouraged to challenge themselves with a rigorous academic program.

      • Community College, Adult Education, or Private Study Credits are allowable toward meeting graduation requirements.

      • Petition for outside credits must be approved in advance by the school of residence and Site administration.

      • Courses taken must meet California Academic State Standards and CSU/UC “A-G” College Entrance Requirements.

      • Only credits from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be accepted.

      • A maximum of 10 credits are allowed in grades 9-12 for Private Study P.E. (e.g., pre- olympic gymnastics, figure skating, etc.).

      • A maximum of 10 credits of Special Studies (e.g. Chinese School or Study Abroad Courses) are allowable toward meeting graduation requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

*** Please refer to the NCAA Eligibility Center for the specific course requirements needed to be eligible to compete in Collegiate Athletics (Division I, II, or III).