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Graduation Requirements and Sample Schedules

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.

Subject Requirements Comments 

A. History/Social Science

1 year = World History

1 year = U.S. History 

No Validation 

B. English = 4 years No Validation 

C. Math = 3 years Validation*

D. Laboratory Science = 2 years Validation*

E. Language Other Than English = 2 years Validation*

F. Visual & Performing Arts = 1 year No Validation 

G. College Preparatory Elective= 1 Year No Validation 


Additional Requirements  

Principles of American Democracy = 1 semester  

Economics = 1 semester  

Physical Education = 2 years  

Health = 1 semester  

Ethnic Studies = 1 semester

Class of 2027 & Beyond

Total Numerical Credits = 210   


Non-Course Requirements  

Service Learning  

Career Pathway  


Students 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. 


Note: “Validation” refers to the granting of “a-g” credit when a student successfully completes advanced work (earning a grade of “C” or better) in an area of sequential knowledge. Validation does not meet numerical credit requirements, satisfy CDE requirements, or meet course enrollment requirements in any subject other than Language Other Than English (LOTE).



For more information, please contact School Counseling Services at (213) 241-7510. 

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