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Santa Clara USD |  AR  6146.1  Instruction

High School Graduation Requirements   

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All students will normally be required to attend four full years and must acquire a minimum of 230 units to be graduated. No student shall receive a diploma unless he/she has fulfilled this requirement or is eligible for the exceptions noted in paragraph five.

Any serious discipline infraction may result in a student being restricted from participation in school activities, by the principal, including the graduation ceremony. Activities are considered a privilege, not a requirement; and serious disregard of school rules such as, but not limited to, the use of alcohol or narcotics, possession of a dangerous weapon, assault or battery or intimidation through the threat of force or violence will result in the loss of activity privileges.

Notifications

Requirements for graduation and specified alternative means for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made available to students, parents/guardians, and the public. (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 6146.11 - Alternative Credits Toward Graduation)

(cf. 6145.6 - International Exchange)

(cf. 6146.2 - Certificate of Proficiency/High School Equivalency)

In the annual notification sent to parents/guardians pursuant to Education Code 48980, the Superintendent or designee shall include the following: (Education Code 48980)

1. Information about district high school graduation requirements and how each requirement satisfies or does not satisfy the subject matter requirements for admission to the California State University and the University of California

2. A complete list of career technical education courses offered by the district that satisfy the subject matter requirements for admission to the California State University and the University of California, and which of the specific college admission requirements these courses satisfy

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

(cf. 6178.2 - Regional Occupational Center/Program)

Prescribed Course of Study Grades 9-12

English Composition and Literature

For all students - 4 years 40 units

Mathematics

For all students - 2 years; including the successful completion of Algebra 1 20 units

University Preparatory Extended Plan

Students planning to enroll in a four-year college or university will be scheduled into a third and, if appropriate, fourth year of mathematics.

Social Sciences

For all students - 3 years 30 units

World History 1 year = 10 units

US History 1 year = 10 units

Civics 1 semester = 5 units

Economics 1 semester = 5 units

Science

For all students - 2 years 20 units

University Preparatory Extended Plan

Students planning to enroll in a four-year college or university will be scheduled into two lab science classes and if appropriate, a third and fourth year of lab science.

Foreign/World Language

For all students - 1 year Foreign/World Language 10 units

For alternative education high school students - 2 semesters of Foreign/

World Language

University Preparatory Extended Plan

Students planning to enroll in a four-year college or university will be scheduled into a minimum of two years of the same language.

Physical Education/Health Mandates

For all students - 2¬Ω years 25 units

Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) /Practical Arts 15 units

A combination of 10 units of VPA and 5 units of Practical Arts

or 5 units of VPA and 10 units of Practical Arts fulfill this requirement.

Units

Total Units in Required Course Work 160 units

Total Units in Elective Course Work 70 units

Total Units Required for Graduation 230 units

All courses shall be completed with a passing grade of "D" or better.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Community Service

Students are required to complete 20 hours of Community Service. Hours of Community Service will be monitored and supported by high school staff and are to be completed prior to a student's senior year.

Algebra

All students must successfully complete 1 year of Algebra. Algebra 1 taken during Middle School fulfills this requirement.

Foreign/World Language

To fulfill the graduation requirements in Foreign/World Language, students must successfully complete a level 1 course of study of a Foreign/World Language or meet the equivalent standard. Level 1 of a Foreign/World Language taken during middle school fulfills this requirement. Students enrolled in the Alternative High School programs must successfully complete a course of study of two semesters.

For the purpose of satisfying the Foreign/World Language requirement, a course in American Sign Language shall be deemed a course in Foreign Language.

Exemption Waiver

Students may fulfill the Foreign/World Language graduation requirement by meeting an Equivalent Standard based on a Foreign/World Language course of study.

A middle school or high school English Learner that has achieved Intermediate level as measured by the CELDT state testing examination or has completed an Intermediate ELD course has fulfilled the Foreign/World Language requirement.

An experiential learner may request an assessment of foreign language competency in Spanish, French, ASL or Japanese.

All special education students will participate in the language requirement unless the IEP team finds that this requirement should be waived based on the students disabilities.

ROC/ROP Equivalency Credits

English

Juniors and seniors may receive English credit as indicated upon completion of any of the identified ROC/P courses. Students may receive a maximum of 10 units of English from this program during their high school career.

Math

Most students will have passed the basic math requirements before entering an occupational program (ROC/P) during their junior or senior year. ROC/P courses are for those few exceptional students who might need this alternative credit. Students shall not receive more than (10) ROC/P credits for Math in any one-year.

Science

Most students will have passed the Science requirements before entering an occupational program (ROC/P) during their junior or senior year. Students who have failed or missed a designated science area may receive credits for the designated science upon completion of the occupational program (ROC/P) as indicated.

Course Equivalency Credits Per Year

ROC/P Math English Science

Air Conditioning 5 - 10 Physical

Baking/Cooking 10 - -

Cabinetmaking 10 - -

Carpentry 10 - -

Computer Business Service 5 - -

Computer Maintenance 10 - -

Computer Operations 5 - -

Cosmetology - - 10 Biological

Court Reporter - 10 -

Diesel Mechanic and Small Engines 5 - 10 Physical

Dental Assistant - - 5 Biological

Electrical Maintenance Tech 10 - 5 Physical

Electronics Test and Assembly 10 - 5 Physical

Electronics Servicing 10 - 5 Physical

Industrial Drafting (3 or 2 hour) 10 - -

Landscaping - - 5 Biological

Legal/Medical Office - 10 -

Machining 10 - -

Nursing Assistant - - 10 Biological

Robotics 10 - -

Sheet Metal 10 - -

Tune-up and Electrical - - 5 Physical

Word Processing - 10 -

Word Processing (2 hour) - 7.5 -

Welding (2nd year) 5 - -

Regulation SANTA CLARA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: July 8, 1971 Santa Clara, California

revised: January 23, 1997

revised: May 27, 2004

reviewed: April 10, 2014

revised: May 12, 2016