GlendaleUnified School District

California

Academic Instruction | High School

High school graduation requirements span grades 9-12. They are revised periodically to prepare students for continued success in higher education and the workplace. The district’s minimum graduation standards, as of Spring, 2003, are:
 
1.
Satisfactory citizenship.
2.
Completion of 220 semester credits earned in grades 9-12.
3.
Passing the California High School Exit Exam in English/Language Arts and Mathematics.
4.
Successful completion of these required courses:
 
English – Four years.
Mathematics – Two years. Beginning with the Class of 2004, students are required to complete Algebra and Geometry.
Science – Two years (includes one year of lab physical/earth science and one year of lab biological/life science).
Social Science – Three years (includes one year in World History, one year in U.S. History, one semester in American Government and one semester in Economics).
Foreign Language/Fine Arts – One year of Foreign Language or Fine Arts. Students who take one year of Foreign Language must also complete one semester of Fine Arts.
Career Preparation – One semester.
Health – One semester.
Physical Education – Two years.
 
View and search the High School Course Catalog
 
Download the Pathways to Graduation document (large file, needs time to download)
 
High School "Blueprint" — A new High School "Blueprint" was created in 2002 to improve instruction further. For an update, contact the Office of Educational Services.
 
Advanced Placement — For college-bound students, Advanced Placement offers an opportunity to earn college credits by qualifying on College Board AP exams. Schools offer AP courses in subject areas such as English, math, foreign languages, history, economics, science and fine art. At the conclusion of each class, students take the qualifying exams.
 
Glendale Schools have excellent track records in preparing students to attain passing grades on these rigorous exams.
 
Beyond the Classroom — For many students, the high school experience extends beyond the classroom. They take advantage of numerous campus activities, from clubs, organizations and school projects to student government. These activities often help students discover special talents and interests they will pursue in later life. The district also offers opportunities for community service.
 
High School Proficiency Standards — Students must demonstrate mastery of proficiency standards in reading, writing and mathematics to qualify for a high school diploma. Beginning with the Class of 2006, students must pass the California High School Exit Exam in order to receive a diploma from any public high school in the state.
 
Students may demonstrate mastery of proficiency standards as early as ninth grade. Follow-up counseling and remediation courses are provided to students who require additional help mastering the proficiencies.
 
Preparing for Life After High School — As students progress toward graduation, they learn it’s important to plan for life after high school. Counselors, career center specialists and other support staff are ready to help.
 
Information and services available include higher education and financial aid advisement, career planning, personal counseling, and development of life-coping skills.

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