Graduation Under AB 167/216

What is AB 167/216 Graduation?

You can receive a high school diploma if you:

  • Transfer after your second year of high school;
  • Are behind on credits and off track for graduation;
  • Complete state graduation requirements (130 credits);
  • Pass the CAHSEE; and remain in high school for four years.

How do I know if I can graduate under AB 167/216?

Step 1. Your new school must review your transcripts from your previous schools.

Step 2. Using this information, your new school must decide if you are eligible for AB 167/216 graduation.

Step 3. Within 30 days of transferring, your school must provide you, your education rights holder, and social worker with a decision, in writing, about your eligibility. Keep this document in case you transfer schools. If you are 18, you are your own education rights holder.

Step 4. If you are eligible, only your education rights holder can decide whether you should graduate under AB 167/216. Your school cannot force you to graduate under AB 167/216.

If eligible, should I graduate under AB 167/216?


  • Receive a regular high school diploma
  • Graduate on time with classmates
  • May be eligible to attend community college for free


  • Usually not eligible to apply directly to a four year university
  • Inappropriate for youth with low academic skills
  • No longer eligible for extra-curricular high school activities, including sports

What are the state graduation requirements?

You must complete the following 130 credits:

  • English: 30 credits
  • Math: 20 credits
  • Social Sciences: 30 credits
  • Science: 20 credits
  • Visual/Performance Arts or Foreign Language: 10 credits
  • Physical Education: 20 credits

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