Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment » HUSD High School Graduation Requirements

HUSD High School Graduation Requirements

HUSD High School Graduation Requirements

The Governing Board desires to prepare each student to obtain a diploma of high school graduation in order to provide students with opportunities for postsecondary education and/or employment.

High school graduation shall be contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the required number of units, the specified course requirements or standards, and the prescribed course of study. Graduation shall be recognized by the granting of a diploma by the Governing Board upon the recommendation of the school principal. The principal shall recommend for graduation from high school only those persons who have met the requirement as stated by the State Board of Education and the Governing Board of the Hemet Unified School District. No student shall participate in the graduation ceremony if he/she has not satisfied the graduation requirements for a diploma or for a Certificate of Completion.

Units of Credit Required for Graduation

The district requires a student to successfully complete 220 credits in grades 9-12 for graduation.

Required Courses to be Taken/Passed for Graduation

To obtain a diploma of graduation from high school, students shall complete at least the following courses in grades 9-12, with each course being one year unless otherwise specified (Education Code 51225.3):

  1. English - A student must pass 40 credits of English in grades 9-12 and be enrolled in English every semester.
  2. Mathematics - A student must pass 30 credits of mathematics in grades 9-12, and be enrolled in a standards-based mathematics course in grades 9-11, including the following specifically required courses. Completion, prior to grade 9, of algebra coursework that meets or exceeds state academic content standards shall not exempt a student from the requirement to complete three mathematics courses in grades 9-12.
    1. Algebra 1 - At least one mathematics course, or a combination of two mathematics courses, shall meet or exceed state academic content standards for Algebra 1. If any student completes coursework in grades 7-12 that meets or exceeds state academic content standards for algebra, those courses shall apply toward satisfying this mathematics requirement.
    2. Geometry
    3. Algebra II, Integrated Mathematics, Math Analysis, Calculus or other standards-based mathematics course that meets California Standards Test requirements.
  3. Science - A student must pass 20 credits of science in grades 9-12. Ten of those credits are in Life Science and 10 credits in Physical Science. Agriculture classes such as Plant and Soil Science and Agriculture Science may be used to meet this requirement.
  4. Social Science - A student must pass 30 credits of social science in grades 9-12, including the following specifically required courses:
    1. Two semesters of World History, culture and geography
    2. Two semesters of United States history and geography
    3. One semester of American government and civics
    4. One semester of Economics
  5. Visual or Performing Arts or Foreign Language - A student must pass 10 credits in visual or performing arts or foreign languages, or American Sign Language in grades 9-12.
  6. Physical Education - A student must pass 20 credits of P.E. in grades 9-12. Every student must enroll in a course in Physical Education in grades 9 and 10 unless exempt pursuant to Education Code 51241.

Because the prescribed course of study may not accommodate the needs of some students, the Board shall provide alternative means for the completion of prescribed courses in accordance with the law.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental instruction shall be offered to any student who does not demonstrate "sufficient progress," as defined in Board policy, toward passing the exit examination. (Education Code 37252, 60851) "Sufficient progress" shall be defined as scoring less than at "proficient" as determined by the cut points on the California State Standards tests in grades 6-9 for language arts and math, and failing to secure a passing score on the High School Exit Examination in grades 10-12.

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.

Retroactive Diplomas

The district may retroactively grant a high school diploma to a former student who was interned by order of the federal government during World War II or who is an honorable discharged veteran of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, provided that he/she was enrolled in a district school immediately preceding the internment or military service and he/she did not receive a diploma because his/her education was interrupted due to the internment or military service.

In addition, the Board may retroactively grant a diploma to a deceased former student who satisfies the above conditions. The diploma shall be received by the deceased student's next of kin.



Students who complete all requirements for a high school diploma and demonstrate mastery of the curriculum in at least six subject matter areas may qualify for an honors diploma. Results from California Standards Test (CSTs) and/or Golden State Examinations (GSEs) students have taken in previous years may be used. When using CST results, students must have earned a scaled score of 370 or above. When using GSE results, students must have earned a performance level of recognition, honors, or high honors. The six examinations must include: U.S. History and Geography; English/language arts; mathematics; science; and two other exams of the student's choice.

At the beginning of each school year or at the time a student transfers into the district, the Board shall provide written notification to all students in grades 9-12 and to their parents/guardians that each student completing the 12th grade shall be required to successfully pass the state high school exit examination as a condition of graduation with a diploma. The notification shall include, at a minimum, the date of the examination, the requirements for passing the examination and the consequences of not passing the examination. (Education Code 48980, 60850)