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Course Planning

Graduation Requirements

  • In order to graduate, students at CORE will have successfully completed the following course requirements. Within these requirements, CORE offers many different course options. Download the High School Catalog for more information. University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) admissions requirements are listed alongside CORE's graduation requirements in order to facilitate course planning.
  • Many colleges and universities follow the UC/CSU system's lead for admission requirements. For more information, consult individual colleges.
High School Subject Minimum Graduation Requirements UC/CSU Additional Requirements (all courses must be UC approved)
English/Language Arts 40 units - 4 years 4 years required
World History 10 units - 1 year 2 years history/social science required, including one year of world history; and one year of US history (or ½ year US History and ½ year US government).
U.S. History 10 units - 1 year
Government 5 units - 1 semester
Economics 5 units - 1 semester
Class of 2014 & 2015: Mathematics (Starting with Pre-Algebra and must include Algebra 1) 20 units - 2 years 3 years beginning with Algebra; 4 years recommended
Class of 2016+: Mathematics (Approved courses listed in High School Catalog) 30 units - 3 years
all students must have completed Algebra I
Life Science 10 units - 1 year UC – 2 years of Lab Science in two of these three subjects: Biology/Physics/Chemistry; 3 years recommended
CSU – 1 year of biological science and 1 year physical science. One must be from area 'D', the other may be from area 'G' or 'D'.
Physical Science 10 units - 1 year
Foreign Language or Visual/Performing Arts 10 units - 1 year 2 years of the same foreign language and 1 year of the same Visual/Performing Arts class
Physical Education 20 units - 2 years N/A
Health 5 units - 1 semester N/A
Technology/Vocational Skills/Life Skills 10 units - 1 year N/A
Class of 2014 & 2015: Electives 65 units 1 year from the "a-g"
subject areas
Class of 2016+: Electives 55 units
     
Total High School Units 220 units N/A
  • CORE's graduation requirements require that students complete a minimum of 220 high school units, with a minimum amount of units completed within the many subject areas. Students, teachers, and parents should first determine their goals and subsequently plan their courses for high school. Below are two examples of course schedules - one schedule fulfills CORE minimum requirements while the other is a minimum requirements schedule for University of California or California State University requirements. Students may want to pursue a vocational path, in which case s/he would incorporate electives that are in their field of interest, Regional Occupational Program (ROP) courses, Work Experience, etc.
  • Students are always encouraged to begin taking community college courses concurrently with their high school courses, either fulfilling high school graduation requirements or as electives. The following are potential course schedules throughout the student's high school years.

Minimum High School Requirements

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
1st Semester/
2nd Semester
1st Semester/
2nd Semester
1st Semester/
2nd Semester
1st Semester/
2nd Semester
English 9 English 10 English 11 English 12
Math Math Math Elective
Fine Art or Foreign
Language
World History U.S. History Government/
Economics
Technology/VocEd/
Life Skills
Life Science Physical
Science
Elective
Physical
Education
Physical
Education
Elective Elective
Elective Health/Driver's
Education
Elective  

UC/CSU Bound Minimum Requirements

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
1st Semester/
2nd Semester
1st Semester/
2nd Semester
1st Semester/
2nd Semester
1st Semester/
2nd Semester
English 9 English 10 English 11 English 12
Math I Math II Math III Academic
Elective*
Technology/VocEd/
Life Skills
World History U.S. History Government/
Economics
Biology with Lab Chemistry/
Physics with Lab
Academic
Elective*
Academic
Elective*
Foreign
Lanquage
Foreign Lanquage
(same lanquage)
Visual/
Performing Arts
Academic
Elective*
Physical Education Physical Education Health/Driver's
Education
Academic
Elective**
  • *The UC and CSU systems require a minimum of one year of electives from the "a through g" requirements (link to below where it describes a-g courses). It is advisable, for students in the competitive realm of college admissions, to choose as many academic electives that further pursue these requirements as possible. For instance, though the UC/CSU requirement for math is 3 years, students should take a fourth year (i.e. Calculus). UC, in fact, recommends a year beyond the minimum admission requirement for Mathematics, Laboratory Science, and Language Other Than English.
  • **Though CORE's minimum graduation requirement is 220 units, it is not advisable to "relax" during the senior year and take only 5 courses. If anything, students should pursue a full and challenging course schedule for their four years of high school.
Course Options
  • One of the great aspects of personalized learning is the freedom to structure your own learning. There are state standards and graduation requirements guiding your learning, but within this is great variety. Below are some ideas of different ways to structure your coursework and taking advantage of this variety.
A-G Courses
  • The "a-g course list" are courses that have been submitted to the University of California and the California State University for approval as college-preparatory classes. CORE's list can be found on our UC/CSU A-G Entry Requirements page here. Admission to either university system requires taking certain courses from each category (a - History/Social Science, b - English, etc.).
    See UC's website and CSU's website for specific admission criteria.
Basic Coursework
  • Basic coursework is a remedial option for students that provides California state standards content at a lower reading level, for those needing it. Contact your teacher for more details. Students planning to apply for a 4-year college/university should not take basic courses, but should work towards college-preparatory (i.e. "a-g list" - see above) coursework. Also, students wishing to accelerate (i.e. take more than 35 units/semester) may not do so while taking any basic coursework.
Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Advanced Placement is a program administered by the College Board (www.collegeboard.com) and widely accepted by universities across the country that allows students to prepare for an AP Exam in May with the potential of earning college/university course credit for acceptable exam scores. There are a few different ways to take AP courses, though it is recommended to take courses at the local community college rather than AP, as there is more support at the community colleges and there is more potential of transferring credit. Contact your teacher or school counselor for more details.
Community College - Concurrent Enrollment
  • Students are able and encouraged to take community college courses concurrently with their high school coursework. Certain colleges allow any student (even younger than high school age!) to take courses with your school's permission. Yuba College, however, requires that students be a minimum of 10th grade with parent/school permission. For more information, see our College-University page for details.