Graduation Requirements Overview

  • New High School Graduation Requirements

    On January 22, 2019, the Stockton Unified School Board unanimously approved Board Policy CSBA Policy BP 6146.1 High School Graduation Requirements. The policy increases expectations and aligns high school graduation and the UC A-G Requirements. To ensure that all students take college preparatory courses and have the option of applying to a wide range of colleges and universities, students must meet these requirements with a D or better in order to earn a high school diploma. To be UC/CSU eligible, students must complete these courses with a C or better. A Career and Technical Education Option is also provided. Students must complete a CTE pathway with a passing grade of C or better in the Capstone Course. In order to ensure student success and access to the necessary course requirements, the Board of trustees has approved a Rigorous Graduation Requirements Implementation Timeline.

    High School Graduation Requirements 

    Students shall receive a diploma of graduation from high school and may participate in a graduation ceremony only after meeting the District Graduation Requirements aligned in the Rigorous Graduation Requirements Implementation Timeline. An individual with exceptional needs who meets the criteria for a certificate document shall be eligible to participate in any graduation ceremony and any school activity related to graduation in which a pupil of similar age without disabilities would be eligible to participate. Per Education Code 56391, the right to participate in graduation ceremonies does not equate to a certificate of the document (as described in Education Code 56390) with a regular high school diploma.

    Board Policy 6146.4 – Students with Exceptional Needs and IEPs

    The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team shall determine the appropriate standards and assessments, as well as the recommended accommodations that may be required for students with disabilities. A student with disabilities may be awarded a high school diploma upon satisfactory completion of the course of study at competency level, including Algebra I.

Remaining on Track for Graduation and College Eligibility

  • Attention Parents:  It is important to monitor your students status toward graduation and for A-G college eligibility throughout the high school years.  Students need to complete designated courses and pass the course with the grade of "C" or higher to remain eligible to attend a four-year college after graduation.  If a student receives a score of "D" or "F", teachers and school counselor will be available to develop a plan to get students back on track.  

    A-G Requirement Checklist 2018-19

    What Is A-G?

    The A-G / College Entrance Requirements are a sequence of high school courses that students must complete (with a grade of C or better) to be minimally eligible for admission to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU).

    Each high school has a list of approved courses. For an official list of the UC approved courses for your high school, please visit the UC Doorways website at www.doorways.ucop.edu/list/app/home/.

Graduation Required Courses in SUSD High Schools for the Graduating Class of 2019-2021

    • Class of 2022 (Current 9th graders)
      • Earn 230 Credits
    • Class of 2023 (Current 8th graders)
      • Earn 230 Credits including 3 years of math and 3 years of science
    • Class of 2024 (Current 7th graders)
      • Earn 230 Credits including 3 years of math and 3 years of science
      • Complete the UC/CSU option or the CTE option
    • Class of 2025 (Current 6th graders)
      • Earn 230 Credits including 3 years of math and 3 years of science
      • Complete the UC/CSU option or the CTE option;
      • *UC/CSU a-g with C’s or better or CTE pathway with capstone course of C or better
    • Class of 2026 (Current 5th graders - Fully implemented)
      • Earn 230 Credits including
        • 3 years of math (UC/CSU option: Algebra II with C or better; or CTE option: Algebra I with C or better)
        • 3 years of science
      • Complete the UC/CSU option or the CTE option
      • *UC/CSU a-g with C’s or better or CTE pathway with capstone course of C or better

Additional Graduation Information

  • 210 credits must be completed in order to earn a high school diploma.

    Although a minimum of 210 credits is required for a high school diploma from Stockton Unified, students are expected to complete 60 credits a year for four years (totaling 240 credits).  Students attending a high school on the Four by Four Block Schedule are expected to complete 80 credits a year for four years (totaling 320 credits).  Follow this link to the SUSD Course Catalog.

    To receive credits for high school graduation, courses must be passed with a grade of D or better. Courses that receive a grade of “F” DO NOT earn any credits. Courses not completed with a passing grade must be retaken to earn credit toward graduation.

    Graduation Required Courses in SUSD High Schools for the Testing Requirements

    CAASPP:  The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, which has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR Program, is the new state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. The CAASPP includes computer-adaptive tests in English–language arts and mathematics as well as paper-based tests for science.

    Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the test every Spring. To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practiove Test Webepage at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp.

    CAST: The California Science Test or CAST is an online assessment based on the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Eligible students in grades 5-8, and once to each student while that student is in high school.