|English units (Std.)||3|
|Math units (Std.)||2 (incl. Algebra I)|
Notes/Citation: At least one course or a combination of the two courses must "meet or exceed the rigor of the content standards for Algebra I[.]" A student who took Algebra I or its equivalent before grade 9 must not take it again in high school but must still complete 2 units of math while in grades 9-12.
|Social studies units (Std.)||3|
Notes/Citation: Must include U.S. "history and geography; world history, culture and geography;" .5 unit in U.S. government and civics; .5 unit economics.
|Science units (Std.)||2|
Notes/Citation: Must include "biological and physical sciences."
|P.E./Health units (Std.)||2|
Notes/Citation: All students must complete at least 400 minutes of p.e. each 10 schooldays, unless exempted. Students in grades 10-12 may be exempted for up to 24 clock hours to take driver's training, but must attend at least 7,000 minutes of p.e. during that school year. A district may exempt a student from p.e. if the student "is engaged in a regular school-sponsored interscholastic athletic program carried on wholly or partially after regular school hours" and may grant a student temporary or permanent exemption from p.e. under other specified circumstances. A local board may exempt from p.e. any student in the last semester or quarter of grade 12 who "is permitted to attend school less than 240 or 180 minutes per day" ... "provided, however, that such pupil may not be exempted pursuant to this section from attending courses of physical education if such pupil would, after such exemption, attend school for 240 minutes or more per day."
|Arts (Std.)||See notes|
Notes/Citation: 1 unit performing arts or foreign language.
|Foreign language (Std.)||See notes|
Notes/Citation: 1 unit performing arts or foreign language. Course in American Sign Language fulfills this requirement. A public school student who has completed foreign language courses in private schools may receive credit for such coursework provided it is "at least equivalent to" work at the same grade level in the public schools. Statute specifies foreign languages for which such coursework may be applicable.
|Electives units (Std.)||0|
|Other units (Std.)||0|
|TOTAL # units (Std.)||13|
|Other diploma options||State offers honors/college prep curriculum options and proficiency-based credit option. State does not offer technical diploma option but does provide a certificate of completion for students who finish a technical program.|
|Technical notes and citations (Std.)||CAL. EDUC. CODE § 51225.3, 51224.5, 51222, 51241, 51242, 51243, 51244, 51245, 51246|
|Planning and Counseling Requirement|
|State requires student to adopt learning plan (not including career pathway requirements)||No|
|Additional Coursework Options and Requirements|
|State has policy on early graduation||No|
|State has policy allowing students to meet coursework requirements through proficiency||Yes. Local boards, with input from parents, administrators, teachers and students must "adopt alternative means for pupils to complete the prescribed course of study which may include practical demonstration of skills and competencies, supervised 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."|
Students may also earn credit for "work experience education."
|Required coursework aligned with college entrance requirements||Only college-prep diploma|
Notes/Citation: A-G curriculum aligned with UC and CSU entrance requirements; Golden State Seal Merit Diploma requirements are not.
|All high school students are required to declare a major/career pathway/career focus||No|
|Sources||Proficiency-based credit: CAL. EDUC. CODE § 51225.3; Cal. Admin. Code tit. 5, § 1635|
Alignment: High school graduation requirements: CAL. EDUC. CODE § 51225.3, 51224.5; College admissions requirements: Cal. Admin. Code tit. 5, § 40601, 40753, CSU admissions Web page, UC admissions Web page