Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

 

A diploma will be issued to students who have successfully completed the following:

  • The student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 220 credits.
  • Passed all sections of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
  • Earned credits in the following courses:

 

ENGLISH (or English Language Development [ELD] as appropriate) - 40 Credits

9th - English 1 (10 Credits)

10th - English 2 (10 Credits)

11th - English 3  (10 Credits)

12th - English 4  (10 Credits)

 

MATHEMATICS - 30 Credits

Required in 9th, 10th and 11th grade. (1 year Algebra 1 mandated by the State of California)

The student is required to be enrolled in mathematics until passing the mathematics portion of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION - 20 credits

Required in 9th & 10th grade

 

SCIENCE - 20 credits

Required in 9th, 10th and/or 11th grade

(1 year Life Science / 1 year Physical Science mandated)

 

HEALTH SCIENCE - 5 credits

Required in 9th grade

 

HISTORY / SOCIAL SCIENCES - 30 credits

10th - World History/Culture/Geography (10 credits)

11th - US History/Geography (10 credits)

12th - Principles of American Democracy (Government) (5 credits)

12th - Economics (5 credits)

 

FINE ARTS or FOREIGN LANGUAGE - 10 credits

10 credits from any of the following:

Art, Dance 1, Dance 2, History of Dance/Dance Production, Music (choral or instrumental), Oral Expression & Interpretation, Theatre, or one year of Foreign Language (same language).

 

**CAREER EDUCATION -10 credits

10 credits from any of the following:

BITA, Business & Applied Technology, Home Economic Careers & Technology, Computer Education, Digital Animation, Sports Medicine, IB Diploma Program, Industrial Technology Education, Transportation Technology, Newspaper 2, Student Leadership, MESA, Peer Tutoring, Health Science 2, Yearbook, JROTC, Work Experience, and ROP.

 

COMPUTER EDUCATION - 5 credits

ELECTIVES - 50 credits

 

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED - 220 CREDITS

 

Ninth grade students must be enrolled in a reading course if they are reading below the 40th percentile and/or scoring below "Basic" or "Far Below Basic" on the State Assessment.

Ninth grade students must be enrolled in a Pre-Algrebra or Algebra course and mathmatics if they are scoring "Basic" or "Far Below Basic" on the State Assessment.

Twelfth grade students who have not passed the California High School Exam (CAHSEE) must be enrolled in English Applications and/or Math Applications.

Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh grade students must be enrolled in a minimum of 60 credits (6 Periods) and Twelfth grade students in a minimum of 50 credits (5 periods) per school year.

Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh grade students may earn a maximum of 40 credits per semester. If necessary, Twelfth grade students may earn a maximum of 45 credits per semester. The total number of credits a student may earn during the summer session is 20.

ALL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AND ACTIVITIES. HOWEVER, DISCIPLINARY ACTION COULD EXCLUDE A STUDENT FROM THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AND ACTIVITIES EVEN THOUGH ALL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN MET.

Diploma requirements are subject to change as mandated by state law and/or board policy.

GRADING POLICY Grading is the academic barometer for students, parents, and teachers to assist them in assessing progress and setting educational goals. Grades are based on achievement and mastery of subject matter. The school year is divided into four quarter periods of nine weeks each, or two eighteen week semesters. Scholastic progress is graded at the end of each quarter with final grades being issued at the end of each semester. Students receiving unsatisfactory grades will be issued progress reports during each quarter. All semester grades are final.

ACADEMIC HONORS are based on outstanding achievement in a four-year College Preparatory Program with a grade point average of 3.5 in specified courses.

CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATION (CSF) GOLD SEAL BEARER is available for students who have been active members in good standing of CSF for four semesters, including one semester in their senior year if they apply for the gold seal. The gold seal is attached to the diploma and a notation of this honor is made on the student's permanent transcript. The gold seal honor affords a student many opportunities for scholarships and grants from colleges throughout the country.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY eligibility depends upon scholarship, character, leadership, service, and activities as verified by teachers' recommendations. Eligible students are selected by the faculty.

 

CAHSEE (California High School Exit Examination)

Beginning with the high school graduating class of 2006, all students are required to pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) to receive a high school diploma. State law authorized this new graduation requirement (Senate Bill 2, Statues of 1999).

Testing dates for the CAHSEE will be designated each year by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Students will have multiple opportunities to retake any portion of the exam previously not passed.