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Graduation Information

Orange Unified School District Graduation Requirements

A high school diploma shall be awarded to all students who satisfactorily meet the prescribed requirement for graduation. Individual educational plans may provide alternative ways to demonstrate proficiencies for special education students. The requirements are:

I. GENERAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

Satisfactory completion of 230 semester periods of credit in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 (generally 5 semester periods of credit are earned for each semester course passed).

Classification: Class standing is determined by noting the number of semester credits completed, grades nine through twelve. A student becomes

a Sophomore when he/she has attained 60 semester credits; a student becomes a Junior when he/she has attained 120 semester credits; a student becomes a Senior when he/she has completed 170 semester credits.

II. SPECIFIC GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A. SOCIAL SCIENCE (Grades 9-12) .................................................... 30

Grade 10 World History ......................................... 10

Grade 11 United States History .......................................... 10

Grade 12 American Government ......................................... 5

Grade 12 Economics ............................................................ 5

B. LANGUAGE ARTS (Grades 9-12) ................................................... 40

Individual Education plans may provide alternative ways

to demonstrate proficiencies for Special Education students.

Grade 9 English 9 .................................................. 10

Grade 10 English 10 ................................................. 10

Grade 11 English 11 .................................................. 10

Grade 12 English 12 .................................................. 10

C. MATHEMATICS (Grades 9-12) ........................................................ 20

• Algebra I – Every student must pass Algebra I in order to earn a high school diploma.

D. SCIENCE (Grades 9-12) ................................................................... 20

Two years of science to include one year of Life and one year of a Physical Science are required.

E. HEALTH (Grade 9) ............................................................................. 5

F. PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Grades 9-12) .......................................... 20

G. FINE ARTS/FOREIGN LANGUAGE ................................................. 10

H. FRESHMAN SEMINAR (Grade 9).........................................................5

H. ELECTIVES (Balance to Complete) ................................................ 80

III. CREDIT ALLOWANCE RESTRICTIONS

A. OUTSIDE SEMESTER CREDITS Grades 9-12 ................................................ 20

Community College, or Private Study Credits allowable toward meeting graduation requirements. A petition for outside credits must be approved in advance by the school of residence. A maximum of 10 units allowed in grades 9-12 for private study.

B. DISTRICT SUMMER SCHOOL (Grades 9-12) ................................................ 40

C. WORK EXPERIENCE (Grades 11-12) ................................................ 20

D. OFFICE SERVICE/TEACHER ASSISTANT ................................................ 10

Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 credits allowable toward meeting graduation requirements.

E. SPECIAL STUDIES (Grades 9-12)…………………………………….10

A maximum of 10 credits allowable toward meeting graduation requirements.

F. Transfer credit from Continuation School per semester ................................................ 55

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