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Academics and Curriculum


DEADLINE   September 23, 2016

LAST DATE to DROP a class not needed for graduation (no replacement courses offered)  

LAST DATE to LEVEL DOWN in the same subject area   (i.e. AP Chemistry to Chemistry)

  • Students in Grades 9 and 10 must keep 6 courses on their schedule

  • Students in Grades 11 and 12 must keep 5 courses on their schedule, or more if they are behind in credits.




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)


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

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE; your future deserves it!


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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