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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 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

Global Studies

World History

US History

US Government* SEM

Economics* SEM

College & Career

Readiness* SEM

Biology

Chemistry or Physics

Chemistry or Physics

Elective or Skills* SEM

Spanish or French I

Spanish or French II

Art

PE

PE

CTE Concentrator

CTE Capstone

Rec 50+ credits/year

60+ credits/year

60+ credits/year

50+ credits/year

 

PSAT 10

PSAT, SAT, ACT

SAT, ACT

*SEM = semester-long course

Requirements for PCS Graduation and UC/CSU Admission


SUBJECTS

Pathways Graduation Requirements

University of CA

Admission Requirements

CA State University Admission Requirements

ENGLISH

Four years of approved courses.

(40 credits)

Four years of approved courses.

Four years of approved courses.

MATHEMATICS

Three years, including demonstrated mastery of Algebra I content.

(30 credits)

Four years recommended.

Three years, including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II content.


Four years recommended.

Three years, including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II content.


Four years recommended.

SOCIAL STUDIES




Three years, including one year of U.S. History (10 credits), one year of World History, Cultures, and Geography (10 credits), and one semester each of U.S. Government (5 credits) and Economics (5 credits).

(30 credits)

Two years, including one year of U.S. History or one-half year of U.S. History and

one-half year of U.S. Government, and one year of World History, Cultures, and Geography.

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

LAB SCIENCE

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

(20 credits)

Two years of approved courses required, chosen from the following: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Three years recommended.

Two years of approved courses required, including one year of biological science and one year of physical science.

LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH

One year of Visual and Performing Arts OR one year of a Language Other than English.

(10 credits)

Two years in the same language required.

Three years recommended.

Two years in the same language required.

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS (Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Art)

One year of a Language Other than English OR one year of Visual and Performing Arts.

(10 credits)

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

One  year of Practical Arts OR Career and Technical Education (10 credits)


N/A


N/A

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Two years.

(20 credits)


N/A


N/A

ELECTIVES

Any area of study:

Sufficient credits for student to earn a total of 220 credits.

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

a. History/SS

b. English

c. Advanced Math

d. Lab Science

e. Foreign Language

f. Fine Arts (VPA)

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

a. History/SS

b. English

c. Advanced Math

d. Lab Science

e. Foreign Language

f. Fine Arts (VPA)

TOTAL

220 credits

15 units (years)

(at least 11 must  be taken before grade 12)

15 units (years)

TESTING

CAASPP

SAT or ACT

SAT or ACT