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High School Planning

Grade Level Planning

Four Year Planning

Students and parents can be overwhelmed by the complexity of writing a four-year high school plan. It is a daunting task. There are so many things to consider and so many unknowns. One thing that makes the four-year high school plan complicated is that many of you are really doing two things at the same time:

  1. Completing high school graduation requirements; and
  2. Completing college entrance requirements.

View a comparison of the two sets of requirements below.

Draft a four-year plan toward high school graduation and college eligibility (fill in your course work with a pencil or edit on the computer and save for future reference.) For a closer look and more specific planning, review the information below.

High School Graduation & College Entrance Requirements

High School Graduation & College Admissions Requirements

Subject Requirements High School Graduation Requirements University Admission Requirements
English 40 40
Math 20 (Algebra I and Geometry) 30 (4 years recommended)
Science 20 20 (2-4 years recommended)
Social Science 30 20
World Language* 10 20 (3-4 years recommended)
Fine Art/
Visual & Performing Arts*
10 10
Applied Academics* 10  
Physical Education 20  
Electives 60 10 (approved College Prep elective)
Other Requirements   SAT/ACT & SAT II
Subject Credits 220 150

*World Language, Fine Art/Visual & Performing Arts and Applied Academics are considered Selective Electives. Students must complete 10 credits each in two (2) of the three (3) Selective Elective areas.
 

COLLEGE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS ("SUBJECTS A-G")

There are three things that you have to do to meet the minimum eligibility requirements for entrance into most four-year colleges (I will use the UC/CSU requirements):

1. Take a college entrance test(s). Most colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT (with Writing). The Subject Test is no longer required by the UC’s. Students may submit scores to showcase academic mastery. Competitive majors on some campuses may recommend particular SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate proficiency.

2. Earn a qualifying GPA. This varies from college to college.

3. Complete specific courses (pass with a grade of C or higher). 

ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

Students are required to take 6 elective classes for graduation. An elective class is any class taken beyond the required amount of credit necessary for high school graduation in any of the subject areas.

COLLEGE ENTRANCE

Subject G = College Prep Elective – 1 year required

One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in A-F list, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the e requirement or two years of another language) (Quoted from the University of California).

NOTE: There are two business classes (Law and International Business) offered at Cupertino that fall into this “g” College Prep Elective category.

Visit the University of California website for more information about all of Cupertino's classes on the UC/CSU approved course list.