Suggested Middle and High School Academic Plan:

 

7th and 8th Grades

ü Enroll in Algebra I, if available.

ü Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 (B)

ü Complete an Academic Plan with a School Counselor.

 

9th Grade

ü Take the PSAT or ACT-EXPLORE examinations.

ü Maintain a 3.0 GPA or above in UC Subject Matter ("a-g") courses.

ü Enroll in an EPC enrichment program such as EAOP, Upward Bound, COSMOS (click here to learn more about EPC programs).

Courses to take:

ü  Math 9, Algebra I or Geometry Algebra II, Advanced courses and Trigonometry, Calculus, AP Calculus

ü  English 9 or equivalent; and

ü  Two or more of the following:

Ø Language other than English

Ø Laboratory Science or Biology;

Ø Social Science/ College Prep Elective,

 

10th Grade

ü Take the PSAT or ACT-EXPLORE, and the SAT I and or ACT.

ü Take the SAT II examination in at least one subject.

ü Maintain a 3.3 GPA or above in UC Subject Matter ("a-g") courses.

ü Participate in an EPC enrichment program

Courses to take:

ü  Geometry or Algebra II or equivalent;

ü  English 10 or equivalent;

ü  Laboratory Science

ü  Math 10, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced courses and Trigonometry, Calculus, AP Calculus

ü  Two or more courses in the following areas: - Language other than English;

Ø Social Science/Social Studies,

Ø Visual and Performing Arts, or College Prep Elective.

ü  Enroll in at least one honors course, AP or IB course, or community college course, if available.

 

11th Grade

ü Take the SAT I /ACT; take the PSAT in October for the National Merit (NMSQT) qualification; take the SAT II in at least three subjects.

ü Take the SAT II examination in at least one subject. • Attend college fairs and, if possible, visit colleges and universities

ü Maintain a 3.5 GPA or above in UC Subject Matter ("a-g") courses.

ü Participate in an EPC enrichment program

Courses to take:

ü Laboratory Science

ü Social Science US History

ü Language other than English

ü English 11 or equivalent.

ü Math 11 Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced courses and Trigonometry, Pre Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus, Math Analysis

ü Enroll in at least two honors courses, AP courses, or community college courses, if available.

ü If you have taken an AP course, take and pass the corresponding AP exam with a 3 or better.

12th Grade  

ü If you are UC eligible, submit a UC application by mail or on line to at least four UC campuses by November 30

ü Retake the SAT I /ACT or SAT II exams if necessary no later than December.

ü Maintain a 3.5 GPA in UC Subject Matter ("a-g") courses.

Courses to take:

ü Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced courses and Trigonometry, Pre Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus, Math Analysis

ü English 12 or equivalent;

ü Laboratory Science;

ü Language other than English

ü And at least one course in the following areas:

Ø Social Science

Ø Visual and Performing Arts, or College Prep Elective.

ü            Enroll in at least two honors course, AP or IB course, or community college course, if available.

ü            If you have taken an AP course, take and pass the corresponding AP exam with a 3 or better.

 
Graduation Options

It is always best to stay in high school to receive your high school diploma. We realize that sometimes it is just not possible to do so. There are options available for completing the equivalent to a high school diploma. So if you cannot earn your diploma, consider one of the following options.

  • Passing the California High School Proficiency Examination is the legal equivalent of earning a high school diploma.

·         The General Education Development program (GED) is another examination program that,     upon successful completion, offers the equivalent of a high school diploma.

IMPORTANT! Remember that completing either the California High School Proficiency Examination or the GED does not eliminate the high school course requirements or the grades and test requirements.

California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)

In California, all high school students must pass a test to earn a high school diploma. The test is called the CAHSEE. Some students with disabilities do not have to pass this test.

California created the test to improve student achievement in high schools. The test helps to ensure that students graduate from high school with grade level skills in reading, writing, and math.

Students first take this test in grade ten. If they do not pass the test in grade ten, they have more chances to take the test. In grade eleven, they can take the test two times. In grade twelve, they have up to five times to take the test.

For more information about the CAHSEE, contact your local school district.

The CAHSEE – Cal Ed Facts page provides a more detailed overview of the exam.

The links and information below were developed for educators and others who are directly involved with the CAHSEE.

 

CLASS RANK- Rank in class is established by a numerical average of all courses taken through the seventh semester. All members of the senior class are included in the rank.

 The scales are as follows:

Unweighted *       Weighted                             *Pre-AP, AP, and IB classes receive weighted status.

A= 4 points           A=5 points                                 The class is denoted on the transcript with an

B=3 points            B=4 points                             asterisk (*) preceding the class title. Rank is

C=2 points            C=3 points                                 determined on the weighted grade point

D=1 point             D= 1 point                                   average at the end of the seventh semester.

F=0 points            F=0 points