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Academics & Curriculum

CUSD Graduation Requirements

Students must complete 220 credits (44 semester classes over a four-year period) to earn their high school diploma. These include individual subject requirements. Students will earn 5 credits per semester per class with a passing grade of A, B, C, or D.   Classes where students receive a grade of “F” must be repeated in order to earn the credits needed to graduate and earn a diploma.

 

Graduation requirements by subject:

  • 4 years English
  • 3 years Mathematics (to include Algebra I)
  • 2 years Science (one life and one physical)
  • 3 years Social Science
  • 1 year Fine Art OR 1 year World Language
  • 2 years Physical Education
  • 1 semester Health
  • 1 semester of College and Career Planning
  • 60 Elective Credits

 

For detailed information regarding CUSD graduation requirements please see CUSD Course Catalog above. 

"a-g" : Requirements for UC and CSU admissions

 High school graduation requirements are NOT the same as college admission requirements 

UC & CSU minimum requirements: 

  

    a  -  History/Social Science- 2 years

    b  -  English- 4 years

    c  -  Math- 3 years (Algebra I and II, Geometry)       

    d  -  Lab Science- 2 years (1 year physical, 1 year biological)

    e  -  Foreign Language- 2  years (3 strongly recommended)

    f  -  Visual Performing Art- 1 year

    g  -  College Prep Elective- 1 year (elective chosen from any approved “a-f” course)           

 

    National Tests:  SAT or ACT for CSU (not writing) & UC  (include writing)
                

 

   Minimum GPA in order to apply:        
  2.0 for CSU
  3.0 for UC
                                  

 **Students must earn a “C” or higher in ALL “a-g” courses.**   

UC-approved a-g course list

If you would like to view the high school courses that the UC system has approved as meeting a-g requirements at any school , please follow the link below. You will need to enter the school name into the search box. 

 

https://hs-articulation.ucop.edu/agcourselist#/list/search/institution

 

If you have problems with the link, please Google "UC Doorways". 

 

 

Is Your "Senior" On Track To Graduate?

To ensure your senior student is on track to earn their high school diploma in June, you may view your child’s current graduation status via the Parent Portal by selecting “Graduation Status” under ...more

GPA Calculation

Semester grade point averages will be computed using the numerical value listed below . Grades earned in Advanced Placement and Honors classes will be computed using a "weighted" value. Accelerated courses do not carry a weighted grade. Physical education classes are not counted in the computation of the Academic GPA with the exception of determining eligibility.

Regular or Standard College Prep Courses Advanced Placement or Honors Courses
A = 4 grade points assigned A = 5 grade points assigned
B = 3 grade points assigned B = 4 grade points assigned
C = 2 grade points assigned C = 3 grade points assigned
D = 1 grade points assigned D = 1 grade point assigned
F = 0 grade points assigned F = grade point assigned

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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