Preparing all students to be college and career ready

New Graduation Requirements 

Why the change?

In an effort to increase the college and career readiness of our students, PUHSD, along with other high school districts across California, is re-evaluating our curriculum, graduation requirements and equity of access across all student populations.

In the 21st century workplace, finding and keeping a job that pays well requires higher-order thinking skills. In order to acquire those skills, students must take a rigorous course of study in high school, and be college and/or career-ready upon graduation.

Research highlights the benefits of a post-secondary education for individuals and for society including, on average, higher earnings, lower unemployment rates, decreased poverty, healthier lifestyles, greater civic engagement, reduced reliance on public assistance and an increased tax base.

For these reasons, on November 12, 2019, the PUHSD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Board Policy 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements, thereby closely aligning our graduation requirements with the California State University (CSU) A-G expectations. These new requirements will begin with the graduating class of 2025.

What's Changing?

Starting with the Class of 2025---current 7th graders---graduation requirements will ensure “on track” A-G expectations and/or college and career readiness to include the following changes:

New math requirement: 30 credits of Mathematics, up from 20 credits

New world language requirement: 10 credits of World Language and 10 credits of Visual and Performing Arts, which is currently one or the other.

New PE requirement: 20 credits of Physical Education

New Life Skills/Health requirement: 10 credits of Life Skills for Wellness in the 11th or 12th grades, meeting the state health standards

New Electives total: 80 credits reduced from 100 credits
Complete A-G coursework
(exceptions may be provided through site administration); 
Complete a Career Technical Education Pathway
(may substitute 2 AP/IB and/or 2 Dual Enrollment courses)

What is A-G?

A-G requirements are a collection of 15 courses required by the California State University system. In the 21st century workplace, finding and keeping a job that pays well requires higher-order thinking skills developed in these A-G courses.

PUHSD has incorporated both A-G courses and California's College & Career Indicators into its graduation requirements, prioritizing the courses students need to ensure they are college-prepared and career-ready by graduation.

Timeline to Implement

Beginning with the Class of 2025, the A-G / CCI requirements will be part of PUHSD's graduation requirements.

PUHSD’s graduation requirements will then align with the California State University (CSU) A-G expectations.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in A-G courses to be UC and CSU eligible. 

Students will meet California Department of Education requirements and satisfy additional district requirements.

Board Policies

Required Courses 
for the Class of 2025


40 credits / 4 years

English 9, 10, 11,12  


30 credits / 3 years

Integrated 1 required - 3rd year may be CTE-related course meeting math standards


20 credits

10 in Life Science & 10 in Physical Science

Social Science

30 credits

World History, U.S. History & Government/Economics


20 credits

Life Skills for Wellness

10 credits

Incorporates CA health standards

Visual & Performing Arts

10 credits

World Language

10 credits


80 credits

Completion of A-G coursework
(exceptions may be provided through site administration)
Completion of CTE pathway
(substitute two AP/IB courses or two
dual enrollment courses)
Technology embedded across all coursework