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Graduation Requirements

The District Board of Trustees approved new graduation requirements at the board meeting on April 10. 

Current Graduation Requirements New Graduation Requirements                          
Total credits required to graduate: 250
1. History-Social Science: 1 semester (5 units) of World Geography 
2. Math: 2 years (20 units) and students must pass Algebra 1 
3. Science: 1 year (10 units) of a Life Science and 1 year (10 units) of a Physical Science
Total credits required to graduate: 250
1. History-Social Science: 1 semester (5 units) of History-Social Science Elective. 
– Beginning with the 2019-2020 freshman class
2. Math: 3 years (30 units) and students must pass Algebra 1 CP or Algebra 1 A and B (equivalent to Algebra 1 CP)
– Beginning with the 2020-2021 freshman class
3. Science: 3 years (30 units)
– Beginning with the 2021-2022 freshman class

Below is the three-year implementation plan.

Year One, 2019-2020

Social Science

Implement change: Geography requirement to History-Social Science elective

Math

  • Continue cohort and vertical alignment
  •  Develop courses for 3rd year of math
    ○ Consumer Math
    ○ Courses that fulfill math/CTE
    ○ Applied math
  • Advance students on margin into Algebra 1 CP
    ○ Offer summer advancement class for math skill development
  • Parent/Public meetings regarding math graduation requirement change
  • Continue to create a consistent math pathway for both high schools
  • Explore more student support for students in Alg. 1 CP 

Science

  • Continue NGSS training
  • Visit local curriculum fairs

Year Two, 2020-2021

Math

  • Implement change: 3rd year of math graduation requirement begins for incoming freshman

Science

  • Continue NGSS training
  • Continue to develop and offer NGSS courses
    ○ H.S. offer Living Earth to all freshmen
  • Parent/Public meetings regarding science grad requirement change

Year Three, 2021-2022

Science

  • Implement change: 3rd year of science graduation requirement begins for incoming freshman

Comparison Chart

Below is a comparison chart for Amador County Public Schools graduation requirements and UC/CSU admission requirements (4-Year University) 

Subject ACUSD High School Graduation Requirement UC/CSU A-G Private University* Admission Requirements (Minimum) UC Recommendations
English 4 years (40 credits) 4 years AP recommended
Mathematics

2 years (20 credits)
3 years (effective 2020/21 school year)

3 years (Alg. 1CP, Geometry, Alg. 2CP)

4th and 5th year recommended

Science

2 years (20 credits)
3 years (effective 2021/22 school year)

2 years (1 year of Life Lab and 1 year of Physical Lab) 3rd and 4th year recommended
History 3.5 years (35 credits) 2 years 3rd and 4th year recommended
Fine Art 1 year (10 credits) 1 year (Art, band, Ceramics, Digital Photo, Drama, Floral Design)  
Foreign Language None 2 years 3rd and 4th year recommended
Career/Tech Ed 1 year (10 credits) None None
Physical Ed 2 years (20 credits) None None
Health 0.5 years (5 credits) None None
Electives 9 classes (90 credits) 1 year (College Prep Elective) None
Exams** None SAT or ACT See UC’s website for SAT Subject Test recommendations

*Although most private universities follow A-G requirements, check the listed requirements of private universities to create an educational plan.
**Exams Required for Private Universities: See private university’s website for details.