All graduates must complete a minimum of 220 credits (5 credits = 1 semester) of course work: English (40), Mathematics (30), Social Science (35), Physical Education (20), Science (20), World Languages (10), Fine and Performing Arts (10), Health (5), CTE (10), Electives (40) and receive a passing grade.
Passing grades in 220 credits of course work are required for graduation. Of these 220 credits, 170 must be in the required subjects. The student handbook will show a typical class schedule for each grade level. Should you have any questions regarding the requirements, please contact your school's counseling office.
PURPOSE OF REQUIREMENTS
The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees has set these graduation requirements to ensure that every student satisfactorily completes a minimum course of study which is consistent with the educational philosophy and objectives of the District.
HOW TO SATISFY THE SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Forty credits are elective; that is, they may be chosen on the basis of personal interest, college or career requirements, or the need for remedial work.
The remaining credits must be taken in specific areas. However, there are usually a variety of classes which meet each requirement with classes designed for different levels of ability and/or career interests. If you are not sure which class is best for you, discuss it with a teacher or counselor.
SUSPENSION OF THE CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM (CAHSEE)
On October 7, 2015, Governor Brown signed SB 172 suspending the administration of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). This bill also eliminates the CAHSEE as one of the requirements to receive a high school diploma for students graduating in 2016 (current seniors), in 2017 (current juniors), and in 2018 (current sophomores).
Starting January 1, 2016, this law will also allow the District to grant a high school diploma to any student who completed the 12th grade in 2003-04 school years, or a subsequent school year, and has met all applicable graduation requirements other than passage of the high school exit examination.
To view the CAHSEE Suspension Letter from the California Department of Education, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/cahseesuspendltr.asp