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Course Planning & A-G

Recommended Course Planning for High School

The template below shows how all of the PCS graduation and UC/CSU requirements could be met, but we know each plan will be adapted to individual circumstances and unique student interests. Transfer students may have very different course sequences. Students work with their Educational Team to map out a customized course plan that fits their personal and educational goals. Use the 4-Year Grad Planning Document to create a draft.


PCS 4-Year Planning Template

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

English 9

English 10

English 11

English 12

Integrated Math I


Integrated Math II


Integrated Math III 


Advanced Math 

Community College

World Geography

World History

US History

Government/Civics* SEM Economics* SEM

Elective or Skills* SEM


Chemistry, Physics or **Interdisciplinary 

Chemistry, Physics or **Interdisciplinary 

Elective or Skills* SEM

Spanish I or 

Community College Language

Spanish II or 

Community College Language




CTE Concentrator

CTE Capstone

Rec 50+ credits/year

60+ credits/year

60+ credits/year

50+ credits/year





(not required for CSU/UC for Freshman 2022)

*SEM = semester-long course

**Second year science course selection dependent upon college application requirements

What are “A-G” requirements? 

The University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) require entering freshmen to complete certain courses in high school,  commonly known as the "A-G requirements" because of the letter each subject area is assigned.


To be considered for admission to a UC or CSU, high school students must complete a minimum of 15 UC approved college preparatory classes. Students must earn a minimum of a “C” grade in the A-G courses in order for the course to count towards meeting the requirement.


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