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Graduation Requirements

To ensure all LAUSD graduates have the option to enroll directly into a university and be prepared for a career, the District has implemented a College and Career Readiness through A-G initiative. LAUSD has aligned its graduation requirements with the California State University (CSU) A-G requirements, beginning with the graduating class of 2016. Students must earn a grade of "D" or better in "A-G" courses, and meet California Department of Education Requirements as well as satisfying additional LAUSD requirements for graduation. We are making the high school diploma a document that gives students the choice to transition straight into a college or into a career.
SubjectRequirements Comments 
A. History/Social Science
1 year World History
1 year U.S. History 
No Validation 
B. English 4 years No Validation 
C. Math3 years Validation*
D. Laboratory Science2 years Validation*
E. Language Other Than English 2 years Validation*
F. Visual & Performing Arts1 year No Validation 
G. College Preparatory Elective1 year No Validation 
Additional Requirements  
Principles of American Democracy1 semester  
Economics1 semester  
Physical Education2 years  
Health1 semester  
Total Numerical Credits210   
Non-Course Requirements  
Service Learning  
Career Pathway  
Students in the graduating classes of 2017 - 2020 must pass all courses with a grade of "D" or better.
Semester courses earn 5 credits. Yearlong courses earn 10 credits. Exams do not earn any credits. 
*Validation may provide credit when a student has successfully completed advanced work (earning a grade of C or better) in an area of sequential knowledge.