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Graduation Requirements

PROGRESSIVE ACCUMULATION OF 230 CREDITS
All students must complete the required 230 credits in order to graduate from Valencia High School. Credit means recognition that the student has fulfilled the course requirement for a high school diploma. When successfully completed, each semester course earns five credits; each year course earns ten credits.

ELECTIVES
Students may choose any number of courses to complete this requirement. Students may continue to take academic coursework as well as non-academic coursework to complete this requirment.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Students may choose to do more than the required 40 hours of community service, but must complete a minimum of 40 hours before the end of their senior year. That is only 10 hours of community service each year. For additional information use this Community Service Handbook.

9TH GRADE
9th Graders are required to enroll in Health/Career Planning, Language Arts I, Science, Physical Education or Athletics, with Mathematics and an elective recommended.

10TH GRADE
10th Graders are required to enroll in Language Arts II, Physical Education, World History, with Mathematics or Science recommended.

11TH GRADE
11th Graders are required to enroll in Language Arts III, U.S. History, with Mathematics and Science recommended.

12TH GRADE
12th Graders are required to enroll in Language Arts IV, U.S. Government /Economics.

NOTE: Courses that are re-taken do not receive double credit.


CSU & UC Requirements:
Courses designated as college prep must be passed with a grade of ā€œCā€ or better in order to be considered towards admission requirements. For more information refer to the CSU and UC links (left). 
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
LANGUAGE ARTS 40 credits
Language Arts I  
Language Arts II  
Language Arts III  
Language Arts IV  
MATHEMATICS
10 Credits of Algebra 1 are required for graduation. Acceptable completion of this course prior to ninth grade will meet this requirement.
20 credits
SOCIAL SCIENCE 30 credits
World History/AP European History/Cultures/Geography  
US History/AP US History  
United States Government/Economics  
SCIENCE
To include instruction in biological and physical science
20 credits
Life Science & Physical Science are required for graduation  
PHYSICAL EDUCATION/ATHLETICS 20 credits
FINE ARTS OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE
This may include courses taken from the following general fields of study: Art, Drama and Music.
10 credits
HEALTH EDUCATION
This includes state requirements in drugs, narcotics, alcohol, tobacco, safety, first aid and civil defense.
5 credits
ACADEMIC STUDIES AND CAREER PLANNING
Two years of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) will complete the ASCP requirement.
5 credits
ELECTIVES 80 credits

Course Credits
Language Arts 40 Credits
Social Science 20 Credits World History, US History
Math 30/*40 Alg 1, Geometry, Alg 2
Lab Science 20/*30 Biology, Chemistry
Foreign Language 20/*30 Same Language
Fine/Performing Arts 10 Credits Same Class all year
College Elective 10 Credits Government/Economics
*UC Recommends extra credits