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LAUSD Graduation Requirements

    • To ensure all LAUSD graduates have the option to enroll directly into a university and be prepared for a career, the District has implemented a College and Career Readiness through A-G initiative. LAUSD has aligned its graduation requirements with the California State University (CSU) A-G requirements, beginning with the graduating class of 2016. Students must earn a grade of "D" or better in A-G courses, and meet California Department of Education Requirements as well as satisfying additional LAUSD requirements for graduation. We are making the high school diploma a document that gives students the choice to transition straight into a college or into a career.
    • Subject Requirements  Comments 
      A. History/Social Science
      1 year World History
      1 year U.S. History 
      No Validation 
      B. English  4 years  No Validation 
      C. Math 3 years  Validation*
      D. Laboratory Science 2 years  Validation*
      E. Language Other Than English  2 years  Validation*
      F. Visual & Performing Arts 1 year  No Validation 
      G. College Preparatory Elective 1 year  No Validation 
      Additional Requirements    
      Principles of American Democracy 1 semester   
      Economics 1 semester   
      Physical Education 2 years   
      Health 1 semester   
      Ethnic Studies (Class of 2027 and Beyond) 1 semester  
      Total Numerical Credits 210    
      Non-Course Requirements    
      Service Learning    
      Career Pathway    
      Students must pass all courses with a grade of "D" or better.
      Semester courses earn 5 credits. Yearlong courses earn 10 credits. Exams do not earn any credits. 
      Note: “Validation” refers to the granting of A-G credit when a student successfully completes advanced work (earning a grade of “C” or better) in an area of sequential knowledge. Validation does not meet numerical credit requirements, satisfy CDE requirements, or meet course enrollment requirements. For more information on A-G requirements and validation, please see the CSU-UC Comparison of Minimum Freshman Requirements.
      For more information, please contact School Counseling Services at (213) 241-7510.