Graduation Requirements

The California Education Code (EC) establishes a minimum set of requirements for graduation from California high schools. The requirements should be viewed as minimums and support regulations established by local governing boards.

The University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) systems have established a uniform minimum set of courses required for admission as a freshman. The UC has created a Doorways site that provides complete information about the high school courses approved for admission to the university. In addition to the required courses, California public universities have other requirements for admission as a freshman.

 

High School Subject Area

State Mandated Requirements*
(EC 51225.3)
for High School Graduation

UC Requirements for Freshman Admissions

CSU Requirements for Freshman Admissions

English

Three Years

Four years of approved courses

Four years of approved courses

Mathematics

Two years, including Algebra I, beginning in 2003–04.

(EC 51224.5)

Three years, including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra.

Four years recommended.

Three years, including algebra, intermediate algebra, and geometry.
Social Studies/Science
Three years of history/social studies, including one year of U.S. history and geography; one year of world history, culture, and geography; one semester of American government and civics, and one semester of economics. Two years of history/social science, including one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government; and one year of world history, cultures, and geography. Two years, including one year of U.S. history or U.S. history and government and one year of other approved social science. 
Science
Two years, including biological and physical sciences. Two years with lab required, chosen from biology, chemistry, and physics.

Three years recommended.

Two years, including one year of biological and one year of physical science with lab.

 

 
Foreign Language

One year of either visual and performing arts, foreign language, or career technical education**.

Two years in same language required.

Three years recommended.

Two years in same language required.
Visual and Performing Arts One year of either visual and performing arts, foreign language, or career technical education**. One year of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art. One year of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.
Physical Education
Two years Not Applicable Not Applicable
Electives
Not Applicable One year*** One year***

Total

13

15

(7 in the last two years of high school)

15

 

 

Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


 

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