LAUSD believes that students need to have a well-rounded experience in high school, which includes academic, life skills, and service experiences. That's why, out of the total of 230 credits you need to graduate from high school, only 160 of them come from core course requirements (marked by a (C) in the table below). The remaining 70 credits come from electives, courses you choose according to your own interests. In addition, LAUSD is adding additional requirements to promote well-roundedness. If you graduate in 2004 or later, you will be asked to demonstrate computer literacy, either through class study or through a performance assignment. If you graduate in 2006 or later, you will be asked to select a career pathway as well.

To help assure you are academically equipped to compete in our fast-changing world, students grading in 2003 will be asked to demonstrate competency in English, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Writing. In 2004 and later, you must pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), a state-wide test, in order to receive your diploma.

Perhaps most importantly, it is possible for you to meet all the requirements for graduation and still not be eligible for college admission. As more and more students apply for college, these colleges have the option to choose students who go beyond the minimums in course work and extra-curricular activities. The best way for you to make sure your course selections are consistent with your future plans is to work closely with your College Counselor.


SOCIAL SCIENCE

(C)

30 credits

(3 Years)

World History AB

U.S. History AB

Principles American Democracy/ Economics

Courses

ENGLISH

(C)

40 credits

(4 years)

English 9

English 10

American Literature/ Contemporary Composition

(12th grade) Composition/ English elective

Courses

MATHEMATICS

(C)

20 credits

(2 years)

College preparatory math

Courses

LAB SCIENCE

(C)

20 credits

(2 years)

10 credits biological science

10 credits physical science

Courses

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

(C)

10 credits

2 semesters arts classes

Courses

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

(C)

10 credits

2 semesters technology classes

Courses

HEALTH

(C)

5 credits

(1 semester)

 

Courses

LIFE SKILLS

(C)

5 credits

(1 semester)

 

Courses

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

(C)

20 credits (2 years)

4 semesters of PE, athletics, team sports or dance.

ELECTIVES

70 credits

Additional courses in Social Studies, English, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Visual & Performing Arts, and Applied Technology

Courses

ASSESSMENTS

2003 - Demonstrate competency in English, Language Arts, Math, and Writing

2004 - California High School Exit Exam

 

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