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Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, a student needs to have achieved the following by the end of 12th grade:

  • Completion of courses in required subjects for a total of no less than 230 credits (one semester of coursework in a subject is five credits, one year is 10 credits).
  • Meet A-G Requirements (no grades of F or D). According to the University of California system:  The intent of the “a-g” subject requirements is to ensure that students have attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study.

Courses from California high schools used to satisfy the ” a-g ” subject requirements must be certified by UC and appear on the school’s ” a-g ” course list. These courses are to be academically challenging, involving substantial reading, writing, problems and laboratory work (as appropriate), and show serious attention to analytical thinking, factual content and developing students’ oral and listening skills.  See Attachment N for a current list of Unity Schools’ high school A-G courses that are currently approved through 2014-15.

The subject requirements:

  • History/social science (“a”) – Two years, including one year of world history, cultural geography and one year of U.S. history, or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of American government or civics.
  • English (“b”) – Four years of college preparatory English that includes frequent and regular writing, reading of classic and modern literature, and practice listening and speaking.
  • Mathematics (“c”) – Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two and three-dimensional geometry.
  • Laboratory science (“d”) – Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Language other than English (“e”) – Two years of the same language other than English or equivalent to the second-level of high school instruction.
  • Visual and performing arts (“f”) – One year, including dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.
  • College-preparatory elective (“g”) – One year chosen from the “a-f” courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely for use as “g” electives.
  • Graduation in good standing requires a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or more.
  • The minimum requirement for graduation is a GPA of 2.0 or more.
  • Completion of a minimum of 80 hours of Service Learning.
  • Completion of the Senior Project, a career focused culmination of four years of high school classes, college courses, internship, and work experience.  

Required Subjects for Unity MCHS Graduation Subject Credits Semester Courses

(to be made up of a blend of high school and college coursework)

English408 semesters
Math306 semesters of Alg 1, Geo, Alg 2, College Math
Science302 semesters each of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
World History102 semesters
US History102 semesters
American Gov't51 semester
Economics51 semester
World Language204 semesters of Spanish or other language
Art102 semesters of creative or performing arts
Cult. Geography102 semesters
Physical Ed204 semesters
Career Pathway408 semesters
Total230Minimum Requirement

Additional Unity MCHS Graduation Requirements

Each year every continuing student at Unity Middle College High School will be required to:  

  • Complete all required courses successfully
  • Participate in the development and implementation of a personal Student Success Plan
  • Maintain student journal in Family
  • Maintain a student organization system
  • Maintain a Student Digital Portfolio
  • Participate in technology and test prep workshops
  • Complete self, class and school evaluations
  • Develop a Summer, 5 year, and 10 year Action Plan by the end of the last semester of 12th grade
  • Attend all required summer program activities

In addition, 9th graders are also expected to:

  • Successfully complete the state PE assessment

Tenth and 11th graders are expected to:

  • Complete two (2) Career Exploration Activities
  • Complete two (2) College Exploration Activities including 11th Grade Career Pathway Internship
  • Take the PSAT and/or SAT exams
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