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State Minimum Course Requirements

Minimum set of courses required for high school graduation.

Beginning in the 1986-87 school year, California Education Code (EC) 51225.3 has specified a minimum set of courses to meet state requirements to graduate from high school and receive a diploma. The governing boards of local education agencies (LEAs) have the authority to supplement the state minimum requirements at the local level.

EC 51225.3 states that all pupils receiving a diploma of graduation from a California high school must have completed all of the following courses, while in grades nine to twelve, inclusive:

The local governing board of the LEA with the active involvement of parents, administrators, teachers, and pupils, shall adopt alternative means for pupils to complete the prescribed course of study, which may include:

Requirements for graduation and specified alternative modes for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made available to pupils, parents, and the public.

The University of California and the California State University systems have established a uniform minimum set of courses required for admission as a freshman.

Courses Required for High School Graduation and University Admission (English)
Available Translations of the Courses Required for High School Graduation and University Admission

The entire California Education Code may be found in the California Law External link opens in new window or tab. library.

Questions: Stephen Work | SWork@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-5711 
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