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Course Planning

Suggested Schedules for High School Completion

  • C.O.R.E.'s graduation requirements require that students complete a minimum of 220 high school units, with a minimum amount of units completed within the subject areas. Below is a suggested example of course schedule. The left column fulfills CORE's minimum requirements for high school graduation and the right column shows the admission requirements for the University of California or California State University. Students may want to pursue a vocational path, in which case s/he would incorporate electives that are in their field of interest, Regional Occupational Program (ROP) courses, Career Technical Education (CTE) courses, Work Experience, etc.
  • Students are always encouraged to begin taking community college courses concurrently with their high school courses, either fulfilling high school graduation requirements or as electives.
  • To download a printable version of the following table, click here.
Graduation UC/CSU College Prep
9th Grade 9th Grade
10 - English 9
10 - Year 1 Math (Algebra 1/Integrated) or higher
10 - Integrated Science 1
10 - Physical Education
10 - Foreign Language or Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
10 - Health/World Geography or Keyboarding
60 Credits
10 - English 9 (P* or Foundations**)
10 - Year 1 Math (Algebra 1/Integrated 1) or higher (P* or Foundations**)
10 - Earth Science/Integrated Science 1 (P* or Foundations**)
10 - Physical Education
10 - Foreign Language (P* or FOundations**)
10 - Health/World Geography or Keyboarding
60 Credits
10th Grade 10th Grade
10 - English 10
10 - Year 2 Math (Algebra 1/Integrated 1) or higher
10 - World History
10 - Biology or Integrated Science 2
10 - Physical Education
10 - Foreign Language or VAPA
60 Credits
10 - English 10 (P* or Foundations**)
10 - Year 2 Math (Geometry/Integrated 2) or higher (P* or Foundations*)
10 - World History (P* or Foundations**)
10 - Biology or Integrated Science 2 (P* or Foundations**)
10 - Physical Education
10 - Foreign Language (P* or Foundations**)   
60 Credits
11th Grade 11th Grade
10 - English 11
10 - Year 3 Math (Algebra 1/Integrated 1) or higher
10 - U.S. History
10 - Earth Science or Integrated Science 3
20 - Elective Credits:
      - Visual and Performing Arts
      - Driver Education
      - Community College Course                    
60 Credits
10 - English 11 (P* or Foundations**)
10 - Year 3 Math (Algebra 2/Integrated 3) or higher
10 - U.S. History (P* or Foundations**)
10 - Chemistry or Physics (P*)
10 - Visual or Performing Arts (P*)
10 - Elective Credits:
      - Community College Course
      - Elective or Driver Education                 
60 Credits
12th Grade 12th Grade
10 - English 12
10 - U.S. Govt./Economics
30 - Elective credits (examples):
      - Academic Elective
      - Visual/Performing Arts
      - Community College Course                    
50 Credits
10 - English 12 (P* or Foundations**)
10 - Precalculus (P*) / Calculus (P*) / AP Calculus
10 - U.S. Govt./Economics (P* or Foundations**)
10 - Chemistry or Physics (P*)
10 - Psychology/Sociology/Philosophy (P* or Foundations**)
10 - Elective credits:
      - Community College Course
      - Elective                       
60 Credits
  • P* = college prep
  • Foundations** = Students with existing SST, IEP, 504 can be enrolled in this class.

Graduation Requirements

  • In order to graduate, students at CORE will have successfully completed the following course requirements. Within these requirements, CORE offers many different course options. Download the High School Catalog (link to catalog) for more information. University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) admissions requirements are listed alongside CORE's graduation requirements in order to facilitate course planning.
  • Many colleges and universities follow the UC/CSU system's lead for admission requirements. For more information, consult individual schools.
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High School Subject Minimum Graduation Requirements UC/CSU Additional Minimum Requirements
English/Language Arts 40 credits - 4 years Same as graduation requirements
World History 10 credits - 1 year Same as graduation requirements
U.S. History 10 credits - 1 year Same as graduation requirements
Government 5 credits - 1 semester Same as graduation requirements
Economics 5 credits - 1 semester Same as graduation requirements
Mathematics (Starting with Pre-Algebra & must include Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1) 30 credits - 3 years 3 years beginning with Algebra (4 years recommended)
Biological, Geo Science or Integrated Science 1 10 credits - 1 year CSU: At least 1 year of physical science and 1 year of biological science, one from the "d" subject area and the other from the "d" or "g" areas.
UC: Both courses must be from the "d" subject area: 3 years recommended.
CSU/UC: 2 of the following: Biology, Chemistry, & Physics w/ lab (Algebra 1 as a prerequisite)
Life Science or Integrated Science 2 10 credits - 1 year
Physical Science or Integrated Science 3 10 credits - 1 year
Foreign Language or Visual/Performing Arts 10 credits - 1 year 2 years of the same foreign language (3 recommended)and 1 year of Visual/Performing Arts
Physical Education 20 credits - 2 years Same as graduation requirements
Health 5 credits - 1 semester Same as graduation requirements
Life Skills/Vocational Skills/Technology 10 credits - 1 year Same as graduation requirements
Electives 45 credits 1 year from the "a-f" subject areas
     
Total High School Credits 220 credits N/A
  • The UC and CSU systems require a minimum of one year of electives from the "a through g" requirements. It is advisable, for students in the competitive realm of college admissions, to choose as many academic electives that further pursue these requirements as possible. For instance, though the UC/CSU requirement for math is 3 years, students should take a fourth year (i.e. Calculus). UC, in fact, recommends a year beyond the minimum admission requirement for Mathematics, Laboratory Science, and Language Other Than English.
  • Though C.O.R.E.'s minimum graduation requirement is 220 credits, it is not advisable to "relax" during the senior year and take only 5 courses. If anything, students should pursue a full and challenging course schedule for their four years of high school.
Course Options
  • One of the great aspects of personalized learning is the freedom to structure your own learning. There are state standards and graduation requirements guiding your learning, but within this is great variety. Below are some ideas of different ways to structure your coursework and take advantage of this variety.
A-G Courses
  • The "a-g courses" are courses that have been submitted to the University of California for approval as college-preparatory classes. CORE's list can be found here (Doorways). Admission to either university system requires taking certain courses from each category (a - History/Social Science, b - English, etc.).
    See UC's website and CSU's website for specific admission criteria.
Basic Coursework
  • Basic coursework is an option for students that provides California state standards content at a lower reading level, for those needing it. Contact your teacher for more details. Students planning to apply for a 4-year college/university should not take basic courses, but should work towards college-preparatory (i.e. "a-g list" - see above) coursework. Also, students wishing to accelerate (i.e. take more than 35 units/semester) may not do so while taking any basic coursework.
Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Advanced Placement is a program administered by the College Board (www.collegeboard.com) and widely accepted by universities across the country that allows students to prepare for an AP Exam in May with the potential of earning college/university course credit for acceptable exam scores. There are a few different ways to take AP courses, though it is recommended to take courses at the local community college rather than AP, as there is more support at the community colleges and there is more potential of transferring credit. Contact your teacher or school counselor for more details.
Community College - Concurrent Enrollment
  • Students are able and encouraged to take community college courses concurrently with their high school coursework. Certain colleges allow any student (even younger than high school age!) to take courses with your school's permission. Yuba College, however, requires that students be a minimum of 10th grade with parent/school permission. For more information, see our College-University page for details.

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