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Graduation Requirements

Pathways is fully accredited by WASC (Western Association to Schools and Colleges). Therefore, within our program, students can complete the a to g courses necessary to directly enter a UC/CSU or private school. Throughout the five counties that we serve, we structure support classes and resources for high school students in order to deliver high quality instruction (see regional class schedules for details). Whether or not your educational and/or career goals require a specific “A-G approved progression, you should anticipate a high level of rigor and personal accountability expected from your assignments. This is the nature of independent study, as it places the responsibility of achievement squarely with individual students. However, you are not alone and will be a very active participant within a team. Whatever pathway you choose should best serve your needs and goals and our staff is committed to assisting and supporting your course choices.

Recommended Course Planning for High School

PCS Graduation and UC/CSU* Requirements

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

English 9*

English 10*

English 11*

English 12*

Mathematics* Integrated Math 1

or higher

Mathematics* Integrated Math 2

or higher

Mathematics* Integrated Math 3

or higher

Mathematics* Advanced Math or Elective*

Social Studies or Geography Elective*

World History*

US History*

US Government* SEM Economics* SEM

Earth Science*
or Physical Science*

Biology*

Chemistry* or Physics*

Chemistry* or Physics* or relevant CTE Elective

VAPA* or Intro LOTE* or Skills Course,

as required

LOTE* or Elective*

LOTE* or Elective*

VAPA* or LOTE*
or Elective (CTE or CP)

PE

VAPA*

VAPA*
or Elective (CTE or CP)

VAPA or LOTE*
or Elective (CTE or CP)

Career and College Success (2.5 units)

PE

CP Elective*

CP Elective*

Rec 50+ credits/year

60+ credits/year

60+ credits/year

50+ credits/year

 

PSAT

PSAT, SAT, ACT

SAT, ACT

SEM = semester-long course Rec= Recommended

SUBJECTS

PATHWAYS

 Graduation Requirements

University of CA
 Admission Requirements

CA State University
Admission Requirements

ENGLISH

4 years of English

 (40 credits)

Four years of approved courses

Four years of approved courses

MATHEMATICS

Three years including demonstrated mastery of Algebra 1 Content Standards (beginning 2018)

Three years including demonstrated mastery of Algebra 1 Content Standards (beginning 2018)

Three years including demonstrated mastery of Algebra 1 Content Standards (beginning 2018)

SOCIAL STUDIES

Three years of Social Studies, including one year of U.S. History, one year of World History, Cultures, and Geography, and one semester each of US Government and Economics

(30 total credits)

Two years of History/Social Science, including one year of U.S. History or one-half year of U.S. History and one-half year of US Government; and one year of World History, Cultures, and Geography.

Two years, including one year of U.S. History or U.S. History and US Government and one year of other approved Social Science course.

SCIENCE

Two years of Lab Science, including one year of biological and one year of physical science.

(20 credits)

Two years of approved Lab Science courses required, chosen from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Three years recommended

Two years required, including one year of biological and one year of physical science with lab.

WORLD LANGUAGES

One year of Visual and Performing Arts OR one year of a foreign language.

 

Two years in same language required.

Three years recommended

Two years in same language required.

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
(Art, Music, Drama, Dance)

 

One year of Visual and Performing Arts OR one year of a foreign language.

 

One year of approved Visual and Performing Arts courses chosen from the following: Dance, Drama, Music, or Visual Art.

One year of approved Visual and Performing Arts courses chosen from the following: Dance, Drama, Music, or Visual Art.

PRACTICAL ARTS

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

 

1 year of Practical Arts OR Career andTechnical Education    (10 credits)

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PHYS. ED.

2 years of PE

(20 credits)

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ELECTIVES

Any area of study:

 
Sufficient Credits for Student to earn a total of 220 credits

 

 

1 year of approved Elective courses from any of the following areas:
History/SS, English, Advanced Math, Lab Science, Foreign Language, or Fine Arts (VPA)

1 year of approved Elective courses from any of the following areas:

History/SS, English, Advanced Math, Lab Science, Foreign Language, or Fine Arts (VPA)

Total

220 credits

15 units (years)
(At least 7 must be taken in 11th & 12th grade)

15 units (years)

TESTING

CAASPP

SAT or ACT

SAT or ACT