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CUSD Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

For the 2021-22 School Year:

Students must complete 220 (210) * credits  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 World Language or CTE
  • 2 years Physical Education
  • In addition to...
  • 5 credits Health (class of 2022 2023, 2025 only)
  • 65 Elective Credits (class of 2025) **

*Due to COVID19, the district adjusted graduation total credit requirements temporarily for class of 2022, 2023, and 2024 to a minimum of 210 credits.  The Class of 2025 will require 220 credits.

**Class of 2022 and 2023: 55 electives; Class of 2024: 60 elective credits

"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

(electives must be chosen from any approved “a-f” course


Required National Tests:

SAT or ACT for CSU (w/out 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.**   

Science Pathway

Science Pathway

Math Pathway

Math Pathway

English Pathway

English Pathway

Social Science Pathway

Social Science Pathway

CUSD Course Placement Guidelines

SCHS Academic Pathways

For course offerings and typical academic pathways: Course Pathways 

GPA Calculations

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 = 0 grade points assigned

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. 

UC Doorways Institution Search

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