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High School Graduation Requirements

To graduate from a California public high school, you must meet two sets of graduation requirements—state and local. California sets minimum graduation requirements and local school districts add their own set of requirements.

For the state requirements, your course of study will include:

  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies/Social Science
  • Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Visual and Performing Arts or Career Technical Education
  • Physical Education

You can use the California Program of Study [DOC] [PDF] worksheet to create a high school graduation plan.

If you plan on attending a California State University or University of California, make sure your graduation plan includes the A–G Courses Required by California Public University Systems.

For your local graduation requirements, you must contact your school district. Use the California School Directory if you need help locating your district office.

Related Pages

Grade Point Average
Completing High School
Courses Required for College Admission
College Entrance Exams