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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. The state sets minimum graduation requirements and local school districts add their own set of requirements.

Local Requirements

Local graduation requirements are probably posted on your high school website. If they’re not, check your school district’s website. Find your district's website using the California School Directory.

Use your district’s graduation plan worksheet (look on your school or district website) to be sure you’re meeting the requirements. If they don’t have a worksheet, use the California Program of Study [DOC] [PDF] worksheet. 

California State Requirements

For the state requirements, you'll have to take:

  • English (3)*
  • Mathematics (2)*
  • Science (2)*
  • Social Studies (3)*
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Language other than English, or Career Technical Education (2)*
  • Physical Education (2)*
  • Other coursework adopted by the local school district

*Number of years

Colleges and Universities

If you might want to go to a California State University or University of California school, make sure your graduation plan includes their A–G requirements. For details, go to  A–G Courses Required by California Public University Systems.

Related Pages

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