Entering High School

The State Board of Education establishes minimum graduation requirements that are designed to ensure that graduates have taken courses in several different subject areas and mastered essential knowledge, skills, and competencies.

The state minimum high school graduation requirements comprise 22 units of credit that must be earned between grades 9 and 12.  The requirements are stated in terms of the number of units of credits that must be earned in each of several subject areas.  To earn one unit of credit, a student must meet all the course requirements and earn a passing grade in a course that meets for at least 7,830 minutes a year.  Half and quarter units of credit may be earned for courses meeting proportionately fewer minutes.  Listed below are the requirements by subject area and, in some cases, specific courses, together with interpretative notations.

Subject: Units
Communication Arts: 3
Mathematics: 2
Science: 2
Social Studies: 2
Fine Arts: 1
Practical Arts: 1
Physical Education: 1
Electives: 10

Total Units Required: 22