California State Minimum Course Requirements for

California Public Schools

 

The following information has been taken directly from the California Department of Education Website as of 9/3/04. Use this as a guide for designing your course of study for your high schooler.

 

Minimum set of courses required for high school graduation

 

California Education Code specifies a minimum set of courses required for high school graduation that local school districts have the authority to augment with additional requirements. The California State University and the University of California have established a uniform minimum set of courses required for freshman admission. Courses required for graduation and freshman admission appear on the linked table.

 

Section 51225.3 states that commencing with the 1998-99 school year, all pupils receiving a diploma of graduation from high school must complete all of the following while in grades nine to twelve, inclusive:

 

 Courses in the subjects specified, each course having a duration of one year, unless otherwise specified.

 

 Three courses in English.

 

 Two courses in mathematics, including one year of Algebra I beginning in 2003-04 (California Education Code Section 51224.5).

 

 Two courses in science, including biological and physical sciences.

 

 Three courses in social studies, including United States history and geography; world history, culture, and geography; a one-semester course in American government and civics, and a one-semester course in economics.

 

 One course in visual or performing arts or foreign language. For the purposes of satisfying the requirement specified in this subparagraph, a course in American Sign Language shall be deemed a course in foreign language.

 

 Two courses in physical education, unless the pupil has been exempted pursuant to the provisions of Education Code Section 51241.

 

 

Other coursework as the governing board of the school district may by rule specify.

 

 The governing board, with the active involvement of parents, administrators, teachers, and pupils, shall adopt alternative means for pupils to complete the prescribed course of study, which may include:

 

 Practical demonstration of skills and competencies,

 

 Supervised work experience or other outside school experience,

 

 Career technical education classes offered in high schools,

 

 Courses offered by regional occupational centers or programs,

 

 Interdisciplinary study,

 

 Independent study, and Credit earned at a postsecondary institution.

 

 Requirements for graduation and specified alternative modes for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made available to pupils, parents, and the public.

 

 

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More Information About Transitioning From Public School

 

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If your high school is not listed below, email me so that I may locate a comparable course of study for your area.

 

 

 

FRESNO/CLOVIS AREA HIGH SCHOOL MODELS:

Buchanan High School (CUSD)

Clovis Unified School District

Fresno High School (page 3)

Kerman High School Model (page 2)

Kingsburg High School Model (page 10)

Madera High School Model

Sanger High School Model (2013-2014 - page 13)

University High School (2014-2015 - Fresno Classical Education Magnet School, pages 18-20)

 

OUT OF THE FRESNO AREA GRADUATION MODELS:

Antelope Valley Union High District (Quartz Hill, Lancaster)

Apple Valley High School (page 76)

Coalinga High School (page 5)

Delano Union High School District

Gilroy High School

Hanford Union High School District (PAGE 22)

Kern County School District (Bakersfield schools)

Lemoore High School

Merced Union High School District

Modesto High School (PAGE 4)

Salinas High School (PAGE 10)

Stockton High School (PAGE 5)

Tulare High School (PAGE 14 on PDF)

Turlock High School

Visalia Unified School District (Visalia high schools)

 

HIGH SCHOOL HELPS:

How To Calculate a High School GPA

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