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Capistrano Unified School District has a complete Course Catalog detailing high school courses, curriculum, graduation standards, etc.

Please click Here to View the CUSD Course Catalog


Seal of Biliteracy

To be eligible to receive the District’s Seal of Biliteracy Award upon graduation, a student must meet specific criteria.


Please CLICK here for Seal of BiliteracyCriteria 

Aliso Niguel High School Profile

Academics and Curriculum

Spring Semester LEVEL and DROP CHANGES

Spring Semester DEADLINE   Wednesday, January 10, 2018


LAST DATE to LEVEL DOWN  in the same subject area   (i.e. AP Chemistry to Chemistry)
LAST DATE to DROP a subject not needed to graduate

  • Grades 9 and 10 must keep 6 classes in their schedule
  • Grades 11 and 12 must keep 5 classes in their schedule (more if behind in credits)

COURSE CHANGE REQUEST FORM--available in Guidance


To be on track for graduation, students must pass all their classes.

  • In grades 9 and 10 they must pass a minimum of 6 classes at 5 credits per class for a total of 30 credits each semester (60 for the year)
  • In grades 11 and 12 students must pass a minimum of 5 classes at 5 credits per class for a total of 25 credits each semester (50 for the year).
  • Students who fail classes must meet with their Academic Advisor to develop a plan to 'get back on track'. This may involve one or more of the following:  attending summer school,  Credit Recovery program/courses, and adding extra classes to the school day.
  • Students who are behind in credits MUST take a minimum of 6 classes.


See the chart below for credit information:


9th grade 30 30 60
10th grade 30 30 120
11th grade 25 25 170
12th grade 25 25 220  (graduation)


CUSD office of College & Career Counseling offers a wide variety of webinars, workshops, and individual college counseling (appt. required). It is a FREE service to help you and your family make informed choices by providing personalized guidance. 




Remember: High school graduation requirements are not the same as college admission requirements (i.e. UC / CSU A-G Requirements). 


Many times parents and students have questions such as:

  • How many AP classes should I take to get into a good college?
  • How do I get on a sport team?
  • For entrance to a UC or CSU, is it better to get an A in a class that is not honors or AP or to get a B or lower in the non-honors/AP class?

Click Here for answers to these questions and more...

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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
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