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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:


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 (1/2) 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 (1/2) 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.



All PCSSD high school graduation ceremonies will be held at the Jack Stephens Center on Saturday, May 20, 2023.