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High School Graduation Requirements
 
As part of our efforts to provide every student a meaningful and relevant curriculum that leads to a successful future, the district’s Board of Education approved new high school graduation requirements in 2002. These new graduation requirements reflect changes in state law.
 
Starting with the Class of 2006, students must take three years of science including at least one course in biological science and one course in physical science. In math, all students must take and pass at least two years of math while enrolled in high school, and one of the two classes must be Algebra I or Integrated Mathematics I (IMP). This requirement may be completed in grade 8.
 
District high school graduation requirements
To graduate from the district’s high schools, a student must complete 220 credits and will normally carry a minimum of 30 credits each semester while in school. A standard class is worth five credits per semester, 10 credits per year.  Students must complete the total number of credits in each of the areas listed below.
 
Students with a special education IEP or Section 504 Plan who successfully complete all graduation requirements specified in the IEP, but are unable to pass the CAHSEE, shall be eligible for a H.S. Diploma.
 
 
TUSD High School Graduation Requirements 
Subject
Beginning with the Class of 2006
English
40 credits
Social Studies
30 credits
Science
30 credits
Math
20 credits
Fine Arts or Foreign Language
10 credits
Physical Education
20 credits
Technology
Students must pass an on-line course or a course that requires substantial on-line class work starting with the Class of 2005.
Required Courses Total
150 credits
Elective Courses Total
70 credits
TOTAL
220 credits
 
 
New High School Exit Exam Requirement
Beginning with the Class of 2006, no student will receive a public high school diploma without having passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) as well as having met the district’s requirements for graduation. The CAHSEE has two parts – English Language Arts and Mathematics. The English portion addresses state content standards through grade 10. The mathematics part of the CAHSEE addresses state standards in grades 6 and 7, and Algebra I.
 
Community Service Transcript Notation
Students who complete 100 hours or more of documented community service will receive a special notation on their transcript.
 
Certificates of Completion
Students who successfully complete all of the Tracy Unified graduation requirements but are unable to pass the CAHSEE will receive a Certificate of Completion in lieu of a diploma.
 
Students with a special education IEP or Section 504 Plan who successfully complete all graduation requirements specified in the IEP, but are unable to pass the CAHSEE, shall be eligible for a H.S. Diploma.
 
Parents and students who have questions about high school graduation requirements are encouraged to talk with school counselors.