Graduation Requirements

High School Diploma Subject And Course Requirements

Credits Required for Graduation: 42*

The following courses are required to earn a high school diploma. All courses at The Charter School of San Diego are aligned to California Common Core Standards.

English Languages Arts: 8 semester credits

  • Grade 9 English
    2 credits
  • Grade 10 English
    2 credits
  • Grade 11 and 12 English
    4 credits – 2 credits in a course that emphasizes American Literature and 2 credits from a prescribed list of courses

Mathematics: 6 semester credits

  • Algebra or Integrated Math 1
    2 credits
  • Geometry or Integrated Math 2
    2 credits
  • Intermediate Algebra or Integrated Math 3 or higher level math (Pre-calculus, Honors Pre-calculus, Statistics, AP Calculus AB)
    2 credits

Science: 4 semester credits

  • Physical Science: Earth and Space or Physics or Chemistry
    2 credits
  • Life Science: Biology
    2 credits

Social Studies: 6  credits

  • World History, Geography & Economics
    2 credits
  •  US History
    2 credits 
  • Government
    1 credits
  • Economics
    1 credits

World Languages and Visual & Performing Arts: 2 semester credits

  • Option 1   2 semesters of World Language (both semesters must be the same language)
  • Option 2   2 semesters of Visual and Performing Arts

Physical Education: 4 semester credits

Electives: 9 semester credits

Career and Technical Education, Service Learning and Work Experience Education: 2 semester credits

  • Option 1   2 credits of Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Option 2   2 semesters of Service Learning
  • Option 3   2 semesters of Work Experience

Pathways Exhibition
All seniors at CSSD must complete a Pathways Exhibition Portfolio and Presentation.

Senior Orientation
Students graduating from The Charter School of San Diego must attend a senior orientation with a parent/guardian in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.

*42 units are required to be completed. May be earned by completing additional courses in the above areas or through elective courses completed in other areas such as physical education.

School Policies
As a student or parent at CSSD, it is important that you become familiar with CSSD’s policies and procedures. Please take the time to review our Student and Parent Resource Guide. A hard copy of the Resource Guide is provided to each student and parent upon enrollment.

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