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Atascadero USD |  BP  6146.1  Instruction

Comprehensive High School Graduation Requirements/ Standards Of Proficiency   

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Students shall receive diplomas of graduation from high school only after completing the prescribed course of study and meeting the standards of proficiency established by the district.

To qualify for senior high graduation, a student must successfully meet the following requirements:

1. A passing score on all sections of the California High School Exit Exam must be achieved. Students with Individualized Education Plans requiring modifications who achieve a passing score shall be eligible for a high school diploma.

2. Pass a course or series of courses that contain Algebra I Standards.

3. Complete the following required units of academic work:

Subject Years

English (40 semester units) 4

Mathematics (30 semester units) 3

Physical Education (20 semester units) 2

Science (30 semester units) 3

* Life Science - 10 semester units

* Physical Science - 10 semester units

* Health Science - 10 semester units

Social Science (30 semester units) 3

* World History - 10 semester units

* American Civilization - 10 semester units

* Political Science - 5 semester units

* Economics - 5 semester units

Requirements for graduation and specified alternative means for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made available to students, parents/guardians and the public. (Education Code 51225.3)

(cf. 5118 - Transfers)

(cf. 5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)

(cf. 6146.3 - Reciprocity on Standards of Proficiency/Graduation Requirements)


The Superintendent or designee shall provide for the periodic screening of assessment instruments for racial, cultural or sexual bias.

Students shall be assessed periodically to measure mastery of basic skills and shall be provided with additional instruction and opportunities to meet the standards established by the district.

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6146.5 - Elementary School Promotion/Standards of Proficiency)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

(cf. 6177 - Summer School)

Early Graduation

Recognizing that certain academically or vocationally talented students are able to progress through the secondary system at a rate which exceeds that which has been designed to meet all graduation requirements in a full four-year period, the district may, in exceptional cases, grant approval for a student's early graduation.

(cf. 6146.12 - Early Graduation/Senior High School)

Legal Reference:


35186 Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures

37252 Supplemental instructional programs

37254 Supplemental instruction based on failure to pass exit exam by end of grade 12

37254.1 Required student participation in supplemental instruction

47612 Enrollment in charter school

48200 Compulsory attendance

48412 Certificate of proficiency

48430 Continuation education schools and classes

48645.5 Acceptance of coursework

51224 Skills and knowledge required for adult life

51224.5 Algebra instruction

51225.3 Requirements for graduation

51225.5 Honorary diplomas; foreign exchange students

51228 Graduation requirements

51240-51246 Exemptions from requirements

51250-51251 Assistance to military dependents

51410-51412 Diplomas

51420-51427 High school equivalency certificates

51450-51455 Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

51745 Independent study restrictions

52378 Supplemental school counseling program

56390-56392 Recognition for educational achievement, special education

60850-60859 High school exit examination

66204 Certification of high school courses as meeting university admissions criteria


1600-1651 Graduation of pupils from grade 12 and credit toward graduation


O'Connell v. Superior Court (Valenzuela), (2006) 141 Cal.App.4th 1452

Management Resources:


Preparing for the High Stakes of the High School Exit Exam: An Examination of Certificates of Completion, Policy Advisory, September 2005



California Department of Education, California High School Exit Examination:


adopted: May 21, 2002 Atascadero, California

revised: February 5, 2008