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High School Graduation Requirements


High school graduation requirements are the courses students need to pass with a D or better to receive their high school diploma. Each district has different requirements. Pomona Unified School District requires that a student obtain 220 credits in specific areas in order to graduate.  Your high school diploma will help in obtaining a job after high school, going to a community college, trade school, or joining the armed services. PUSD requirements are listed below.


PUSD High School High School Graduation requirements

English                          40 credits
Mathematics 30 credits
Life Science 10 credits
Physical Science (IPS, Chemistry, Physics) 10 credits
World History  10 credits
US History 10 credits
Economics 5 credits
American Government 5 credits
Physical Education 20 credits
Fine Arts/ Foreign Language 10 credits
Vocational Education*                                                   10 credits
Health 5 credits
Tech Education 5 credits
Electives 50 credits

* Vocational credits can be awarded for work experience, ROP or CTEC courses. If you have a job and need vocational or elective credits, talk to your school counselor. 


A-G Requirements


To be considered for admission to a University of California or California State University, high school students must take a minimum of 15 UC approved college preparatory classes. Students must earn a minimum of a ā€œCā€ grade in the  A-G  courses in order for the course to count towards meeting the requirement. Students do not have to complete the A-G requirements to graduate from high school. 
  • History / Social Science (2 years) "A"
    Two years of history/social science, including one year of world history, cultures and geography; and one year of US history, or one-half year of US history AND one-half year of American government.
  • English (4 years) "B"
    Four years of college-preparatory English.
  • Math (3 years required; 4 years recommended) "C"
    Three years of college preparatory mathematics; the minimum pattern is Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.
  • Laboratory Science (2 years required; 3 years recommended) "D"
    Two years of laboratory science in at least two of these three subjects: biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Language Other than English (2 years required; 3 years recommended) "E"
    Two years of the same language other than English.
  • Visual and Performing Arts (1 year) "F"
    A single yearlong visual or performing arts class such as dance, drama, music, or visual art (drawing, painting, etc.).
  • College Preparatory Elective (1 year) "G"
    One year chosen from additional "A-F" courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved elective classes.