Graduation Requirements

  • Beginning in 2013-2014, all students in grades nine through twelve will follow these graduation requirements. Twenty-two (22) units will be required for graduation. Of these twenty-two (22) units, sixteen (16) will be specified units. Of these units, the following are required:

SMART CORE: Sixteen (16) units

English: four (4) units – 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th 

Oral Communications: one-half (1/2) unit 

Mathematics: four (4) units (all students under Smart Core must take a mathematics course in grade 11 or 12 and complete Algebra II.) 

  • Algebra I or Algebra A & B* which may be taken in grades 7-8 or 8-9 Geometry or Investigating 
  • Geometry or Geometry A & B* which may be taken in grades 8-9 or 9-10 
    *A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the four-unit requirement for the purpose of meeting the graduation requirement, but only serve as one unit each toward fulfilling the Smart Core requirement. 
  • Algebra II
  • Choice of: Transitions to College Math, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry, Statistics, Computer Math, Algebra III, or an Advanced Placement math (Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable). 

Natural Science: three (3) units with lab experience chosen from 

  • Physical Science 
  • Biology or Applied Biology/Chemistry 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics or Principles of Technology I & II or PIC Physics 

Social Studies: three (3) units 

  • Civics one-half (½) unit 
  • World History - one unit 
  • U. S. History - one unit 

Physical Education: one-half (1/2) unit 

Note: While one-half (1/2) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate. 

Health and Safety: one-half (1/2) unit 

Economics: one half (½) unit – dependent upon the certification of the teacher teaching the course, this can count toward the required three (3) social studies credits or the six (6) required Career Focus elective credits. 

Fine Arts: one-half (1/2) unit 

Career Focus: - Six (6) units 

Total: 22 units 

All career focus unit requirements shall be established through guidance and counseling based on the student’s contemplated work aspirations. Career focus courses shall conform to the curriculum policy of the district and reflect state curriculum frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.

CORE: Sixteen (16) units

English: four (4) units – 9, 10, 11, and 12 

Oral Communications: one-half (1/2) unit 

Mathematics: four (4) units Algebra or its equivalent* - 1 unit 

  • Geometry or its equivalent* - 1 unit
    *A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the four (4) unit requirement. 
  • All math units must build on the base of algebra and geometry knowledge and skills. 
  • (Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable) 

Science: three (3) units 

  • at least one (1) unit of biology or its equivalent 
  • one (1) unit of a physical science 

Social Studies: three (3) units

  • Civics one-half (1/2) unit 
  • World history, one (1) unit 
  • U.S. history, one (1) unit 

Physical Education: one-half (1/2) unit 

Note: While one-half (1/2) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate. 

Health and Safety: one-half (1/2) unit 

Economics: one half (½) unit – dependent upon the certification of the teacher teaching the course, this can count toward the required three (3) social studies credits or the six (6) required Career Focus elective credits. 

Fine Arts: one-half (1/2) unit 

Career Focus: - Six (6) units 

Total: 22 units 

All career focus unit requirements shall be established through guidance and counseling based on the student’s contemplated work aspirations. Career focus courses shall conform to the curriculum policy of the district and reflect state curriculum frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.