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Castro Valley USD |  BP  6146.1  Instruction

High School Graduation Requirements   

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The Board of Education desires to prepare all students to obtain a high school diploma to enable them to take advantage of opportunities for postsecondary education and employment.

(cf. 5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)

(cf. 5147 - Dropout Prevention)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.3 - Reciprocity of Academic Credit)

Course Requirements

Completion, prior to grade 9, of algebra/Integrated Math I coursework that meets or exceeds state academic content standards shall not exempt a student from the requirement to complete two mathematics courses in grades 9-12. (Education Code 51225.4)

To obtain a diploma of graduation from Castro Valley high School and Redwood Alternative High School, students shall complete at least the following courses in grades 9 - 12, with each course being one year unless otherwise specified: (Education Code 51225.3)

Subject Unit Requirements

English (Four courses) 40 units passed

Mathematics (Two courses including Algebra/Integrated Math I) 20 units passed

Science (Two courses including life and physical science) 20 units passed

Social Studies 35 units passed

(Five courses including one-semester course in cultures and geography, world civilizations, United States History, one-semester course in economics and one-semester course in American Government)

Visual and Performing Arts 10 units passed

Physical Education 20 units passed

(Two courses unless the student has been exempted pursuant to Education Code 51241.)

Health (One 1-semester course) 5 units passed

Career Technical Education 10 units passed

(One year -long course or two semesters.)

Elective Credit (Seven courses) 70 units passed for Castro Valley High School / 50 units passed for Redwood High School

TOTAL CREDITS 230 UNITS PASSED for Castro Valley High School OR 210 UNITS PASSED for Redwood High School

Four (4) hours per year of Community Service/Service Learning: embedded within required courses.

Students must have 230 units to graduate from Castro Valley High School or 210 units to graduate from Redwood High School.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.3 -Reciprocity of Academic Credit)

Because the prescribed course of study may not accommodate the needs of some students, the Board shall provide alternative means for the completion of prescribed courses in accordance with law.

Castro Valley Adult and Career Education


Subject Unit Requirements

English 40 units passed

Mathematics (Including 10 units of Algebra) 20 units passed

Science 20 units passed

(Two courses including biological and physical sciences)

Social Studies: World Civilizations 10 units

Social Studies: U.S. History 10 units passed

Social Studies: U.S. Government 05 units passed

Social Studies: U.S. Economics 05 units passed

Visual and Performing Arts 10 units passed

Health 05 units passed

Career Development 05 units passed

Financial Literacy 05 units

Electives 05 units passed

TOTAL CREDITS 140 units passed

Retroactive Diplomas

Until July 31, 2018, any student who completed grade 12 in the 2003-04 school year or a subsequent school year and has met all applicable graduation requirements other than the passage of the high school exit examination shall be granted a high school diploma. (Education Code 60851.6)

The district may retroactively grant a high school diploma to a former student who was interned by order of the federal government during World War II or who is an honorably discharged veteran of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, provided that he/she was enrolled in a district school immediately preceding the internment or military service and he/she did not receive a diploma because his/her education was interrupted due to the internment or military service. A deceased former student who satisfies these conditions may be granted a retroactive diploma to be received by his/her next of kin. (Education Code 51430)

In addition, the district may grant a diploma to a veteran who entered the military service of the United States while he/she was a district student in grade 12 and who had completed the first half of the work required for grade 12. (Education Code 51440)

Legal Reference:


47612 Enrollment in charter school

48200 Compulsory attendance

48412 Certificate of proficiency

48430 Continuation education schools and classes

48645.5 Acceptance of coursework

48980 Required notification at beginning of term

49701 Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

51224 Skills and knowledge required for adult life

51224.5 Algebra instruction

51225.1 Exemption from district graduation requirements

51225.2 Pupil in foster care defined; acceptance of coursework, credits, retaking of course

51225.3 High school graduation

51225.35 Mathematics course requirements; computer science

51225.36 Instruction in sexual harassment and violence; districts that require health education for graduation

51225.5 Honorary diplomas; foreign exchange students

51228 Graduation requirements

51240-51246 Exemptions from requirements

51250-51251 Assistance to military dependents

51410-51412 Diplomas

51420-51427 High school equivalency certificates

51450-51455 Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

51745 Independent study restrictions

56390-56392 Recognition for educational achievement, special education

60851.5 Suspension of high school exit examination

60851.6 Retroactive diploma; completion of all graduation requirements except high school exit examination

66204 Certification of high school courses as meeting university admissions criteria

67386 Student safety; affirmative consent standard


1600-1651 Graduation of students from grade 12 and credit toward graduation


O'Connell v. Superior Court (Valenzuela), (2006) 141 Cal.App.4th 1452

Management Resources:



California Department of Education, High School:

University of California, List of Approved a-g Courses:


adopted: June 22, 2017 Castro Valley, California