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College Planning Chart


Become familiar with the 15 college preparatory classes (A-G) that each student is required to complete by their high-school graduation. All classes need to be completed with a “C” or better. Take a look at the college planning chart below to learn more about these requirements.



Requirements (A-G courses) Years Required 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
A. History/Social Science
U.S. History, U.S. Government, Civics, World History, Cultures and Geography
2 years            
B. English 4 years            
C. Mathematics
Algebra, Geometry,
Intermediate Algebra or
Higher Level Mathematics
3 years/
4 years recommended
           
D. Laboratory Science
One year of Biological Science
and one year of Physical Science
2 years/
3 years recommended
           
E. Language other than English
(Foreign Language)
2 years/
3 years recommended
           
F. Visual & Performing Arts
Dance, Drama/Theater,
Music, or Visual Art
1 year            
G. College Preparatory Electives
Year of academic courses in any of the above A-F areas and other approved alternate electives
1 year