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Graduation Requirements

Students are required to meet the following general requirements to earn an AUSD high school diploma:

  • Accumulation of a minimum of 230 credits
  • Attain a cumulative grade point average of not less than 1.75
  • Complete twenty (20) hours of community service work during the 9th through 12th grades

Academic Requirements:

 

English - A student must earn forty (40) credits (four years) in courses offered by the English Department under its regular sequential program of instruction.

 

Social Science - A student must earn thirty (30) credits (three years) of social science, including 10 credits in Modern World History, 10 credits in U.S. History, 5 credits in American Government and 5 credits in Economics.

 

Mathematics - A student must earn twenty (20) credits (two years) in mathematics.   

 

Science - A student must earn twenty (20) credits (two years) in science, including 10 credits in physical science and 10 credits in biological life science.

 

Foreign Language, Visual Performing Arts, CTE - A student must earn ten (10) credits (one year) in Foreign Language and ten (10) credits in Visual and Performing Arts.  1 year of Career Technical Education (CTE) may substitute for either the Foreign Language OR the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

 

Physical Education - A student must earn twenty (20) credits (two years) in physical education.  Students are required to take PE in the Freshman year.

 

Current Life Issues - A student must earn five (5) credits (one semester) in Current Life Issues (taken either in the 9th or 10th grade year).

 

Remaining Credits are to come from elective courses or additional coursework within the above core subject areas.

 

Following is a comparison of the AUSD graduation requirements and University of California 'a-g' requirements.  Please also note the change in graduation requirements for the class of 2020 and beyond.  This change affects only the area of science.

 

Subject

AUSD Classes of

2016-2019

AUSD Class of 2020 and beyond

UC ‘a-g’*

A. History / Social Science

3  years of History/Social Science

1. World History (1 year)

2. United States History (1 year)

3. Economics (1 semester)

4. American Government

(1 semester)

 

(30 credits)

3  years of History/Social Science

1. World History (1 year)

2. United States History (1 year)

3. Economics (1 semester)

4. American Government

(1 semester)

 

(30 credits)

2  years of History

  1. World History (1 year)
  2. US History (1 year) OR

US History (1 semester) and Civics/Government

(1 semester)

B. English

4  years of English

(40 credits)

 

4  years of English

(40 credits)

 

4 years of English

 

 

C. Math

2 years of Math

 

2 years of Math including 1 year of Algebra or higher

 

(20 credits)

2 years of Math

 

2 years of Math including 1 year of Algebra or higher

 

(20 credits)

3  years of Math

 

3 years of Math following Algebra – Geometry – Algebra 2 sequence or beyond

 

D. Lab Science

2 years of Science

 

2 years of science including 1 year of physical science and 1 year of life science

 

(20 credits)

 

2 years of Science

 

2 years of UC ‘a-g’ approved laboratory science including 1 year of physical science and 1 year of biological science

 

(20 credits)

 

2 years of Lab Science required

 

  1. 2 years of laboratory science in two of the following areas:
    1. Biology
    2. Chemistry
    3. Physics

E. Foreign Language

1 year of Foreign Language

 

A 1 year course in Career Technical Education (CTE) may substitute for the 1 year Foreign Language requirement OR the 1 year Visual and Performing Arts requirement, but not both requirements

 

(10 credits)

 

1 year of Foreign Language

 

A 1 year course in Career Technical Education (CTE) may substitute for the 1 year Foreign Language requirement OR the 1 year Visual and Performing Arts requirement, but not both requirements

 

(10 credits)

 

2 years of Foreign Language

 

2 years of the same language other than English

F. Visual and Performing Arts

1 year of Visual and Performing Arts

 

A 1 year course in Career Technical Education (CTE) may substitute for the 1 year Foreign Language requirement OR the 1 year Visual and Performing Arts requirement, but not both requirements

 

(10 credits)

 

1 year of Visual and Performing Arts

 

A 1 year course in Career Technical Education (CTE) may substitute for the 1 year Foreign Language requirement OR the 1 year Visual and Performing Arts requirement, but not both requirements

 

(10 credits)

 

1 year Visual and Performing Arts

 

 

G. Electives

 

1 semester of Current Life

 

(5 credits)

 

 

 

1 semester of Current Life

 

(5 credits)

 

 

1 year of Elective

 

 

Physical Education

2 years of Physical Education

 

(20 credits)

2 years of Physical Education

 

(20 credits)

 

Additional Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average of 1.75 or above

 

20 hours of Community service completed during 10th, 11th or 12th grades

 

Total of 230 course credits

Cumulative Grade Point Average of 1.75 or above

 

20 hours of Community service completed during 10th, 11th or 12th grades

 

Total of 230 course credits

*These requirements reflect the minimum for UC ‘a-g’ eligibility.  UC recommends additional coursework in many of the above areas.  For more information, please visit: http://www.ucop.edu/agguide/a-g-requirements/index.html

Teaching and Learning Contacts

 

Steven Fong
Chief Academic Officer

(510) 337-7092
sfong@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Mary Hallford
Staff Secretary
(510) 337-7076 
mhallford@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Terri Elkin
Coordinator, Secondary Education
510-337-7113
telkin@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Shirley Clem, Ed.D.
Coordinator, Elementary Education
510-337-7154
sclem@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Carolyn Villa
Staff Secretary, Achievement & Assessment
510-337-7113
cvilla@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Adelita Martinez 
Coordinator, ELD 
(510) 337-7117
admartinez@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Laura Lino
Testing Specialist, ELD
(510) 337-7157
llino@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Felicia Vargas
CTE Pathway Specialist
(510) 337-7091

fvargas@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Janice Carroll
TSA, Instructional Technology
(510) 337-7000 ext. 7927

jcarroll@alameda.k12.ca.us