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A - G Requirements

A-G Requirements and College

If you are considering applying to a four-year university in California (CSU or UC) upon high school graduation, the completion of the A-G requirements are mandatory. The A-G Requirements are a number of courses approved by the UC designed to prepare high school students for college-level curriculum (classes designated with a "p" on student transcripts) . 

While looking over the A-G requirements, keep in mind the following:

  • All A-G coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or better in order for the requirement to be satisfied 
  • Complete a minimum of 15 college- preparatory courses ("A-G" courses) with at least 11 finished prior to the beginning of your senior year


The A-G requirements are as follows: 

A. History/Social Science - 2 years

  • One year of World History, Cultures, or Geography 
  • One year of U.S. History or one semester of US History and one semester of American Government

B. English - 4 years

C. Mathematics - 3 years

  • One year of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 
  • 4 years recommended 

D. Laboratory Science - 2 years

  • UCs require two years of science within the disciplines of  Biology, Chemistry, or Physics 
  • CSUs require one year of a Biological Science and one year of a Physical Science
  • 3 years recommended 

E. Language Other than English - 2 years

  • Two years of the same language
  • 3 years recommended

F. Visual & Performing Arts - 1 year

G. College-Preparatory Elective - 1 year

  • A course listed in sections A-F may used to satisfy the 'G' Requirement or another course approved by the university.

NOTE: Taking the A-G courses is NOT the only way to satisfy these requirements. You also meet them by completing college courses such as at a community college, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, Advance Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams by the December of your senior year. If needed, refer to your counselor or Ms. Farrell in the College and Career Center to further discuss these options.



Detailed information and a complete list of A-G courses offered at VHS are available online for each academic school year.

More information on how to satisfy an A-G requirement by taking an exam listed above can be found here.

Below are documents that may assist.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11
Compliance Officer for Complaints. Employee complaint: Dr. Issaic Gates, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (714) 985-8408. Title IX Sexual Harassment and any other discrimination complaints: Gina Aguilar, Director, Student Services (714) 985-8670. Americans with Disabilities Act complaints: Richard McAlindin, Assistant Superintendent, Executive Services (714) 985-8727. Bullying, intimidation complaints: Melissa Samson, Administrator, Student Services (714) 985-8671
Procedure for Complaints. Uniform Complaint Policy Form 1312.3 (English), 1312.3 (Spanish). Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures Form 1312.4 (English) and 1312.4 (Spanish)
El Distrito Escolar Unificado Placentia-Yorba Linda, prohíbe la discriminación, acoso, intimidación, hostigamiento en todas las actividades, programas y empleo del distrito en base a género real o percibido, identificación de género, expresión de género, raza, etnia, color, religión ascendencia, nacionalidad, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, estado de inmigración, sexo, orientación sexual, estatus marital o parental, embarazo, edad discapacidad física o mental o en base a la asociación de la persona con una persona o grupo, con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Referencia: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11.
Quejas de empleados: Dr. Issaic Gates, Asistente de Superintendente, Recursos Humanos (714) 985-8408. Titulo IX Acoso Sexual y cualquier otra queja de discriminación: Gina Aguilar, Directora, Educación Secundaria (714) 985-8656. Americanos con Discapacidades Acta de quejas: Richard McAlindin, Asistente de Superintendente, Servicios Ejecutivos (714) 985-8727. Quejas de acoso, intimidación: Melissa Samson, Administrador, Servicios Estudiantiles (714) 985-8671

Employee/Student Non-Fraternization Policy: BP 4101