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Graduation Requirements

Students are required to meet the following general requirements to earn an AUSD high school diploma:

  • Accumulation of a minimum of 230 credits
  • Attain a cumulative grade point average of not less than 1.75
  • Complete twenty (20) hours of community service work during the 9th through 12th grades

Academic Requirements:


English - A student must earn forty (40) credits (four years) in courses offered by the English Department under its regular sequential program of instruction.


Social Science - A student must earn thirty (30) credits (three years) of social science, including 10 credits in Modern World History, 10 credits in U.S. History, 5 credits in American Government and 5 credits in Economics.


Mathematics - A student must earn twenty (20) credits (two years) in mathematics.   


Science - A student must earn twenty (20) credits (two years) in science, including 10 credits in physical science and 10 credits in biological life science.


Foreign Language, Visual Performing Arts, CTE - A student must earn ten (10) credits (one year) in Foreign Language and ten (10) credits in Visual and Performing Arts.  1 year of Career Technical Education (CTE) may substitute for either the Foreign Language OR the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.


Physical Education - A student must earn twenty (20) credits (two years) in physical education.  Students are required to take PE in the Freshman year.


Current Life Issues - A student must earn five (5) credits (one semester) in Current Life Issues (taken either in the 9th or 10th-grade year).


Remaining Credits are to come from elective courses or additional coursework within the above core subject areas.


A comparison chart of the AUSD Graduation requirements and University of California 'a-g' requirements (PDF) can be downloaded.  Please also note the change in graduation requirements for the class of 2020 and beyond.  This change affects only the area of science.

Teaching and Learning Contacts

Sara Stone
Chief Academic Officer

(510) 337-7092


Jennifer Medina
Staff Secretary
(510) 337-7076


Terri Elkin
Coordinator, Secondary Education


Shirley Clem, Ed.D.
Coordinator, Elementary Education


Carolyn Villa
Staff Secretary, Achievement & Assessment


Adelita Martinez 
Coordinator, ELD 
(510) 337-7117


Laura Lino
Testing Specialist, ELD
(510) 337-7157


Felicia Vargas
CTE Pathway Specialist
(510) 337-7091


Janice Carroll
TSA, Instructional Technology
(510) 337-7000 ext. 7927