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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

Students are dismissed March 16 - April 12

As things continue to evolve and change at the state and local level, we can now confirm that Unity will remain closed through Spring Break, through April 12, 2020. Based on the governor’s press conference earlier this week, we are preparing for a longer closure and will keep families updated as this unfolds.

● Ms. Nieblas and Ms. Limon are reaching out to each Unity family by phone TODAY to verify they are receiving our messages, their child has access to internet, learning, and food as well as to help families troubleshoot any areas needed.

Today through April 3, 2020 - School Closed
● Through April 3rd, Unity students have the opportunity to revise, improve, and resubmit any past assignments they did not receive full credit on. This will ensure students can build on their previous knowledge rather than try to learn new content on their own.
● Teachers have already reached out to your student through Google Classroom.
● Family teachers will also communicate and check in on your students each week.
● On Friday April 3, 2020 families will receive the School wide Unity Distance Education Plan for instruction and special education service implementation for the coming weeks.
● If you have questions as it relates to your child accessing learning please reach out directly to Ms. Seth by email at or by telephone at 313-509-8689

April 4, 2020 - April 12, 2020 - Spring Break
● Our school and office are closed and teachers/staff will be on break.
● If you need urgent assistance during this time please email Dr. Craig AND Ms. Seth

April 13, 2020 - Online Distance Education and Special Education Services Begin
● The Schoolwide Distance Education Plan including special education services provided will be emailed to our Unity families and students before Spring Break and begin on Monday April 13, 2020.
● This plan will include details about how students will learn, communicate with their teachers, submit assignments, and most importantly get the help they need.

Students with Disabilities
● Our goal is to continue to provide each student with equity and access through innovation for their education and services during this time.
● Between now and April 3rd, Mr. Casperson and Mr. Trulin will continue to reach out to our students with disabilities to provide them with service and support on their past assignments and any past work.
● Unity is currently working with their special education service providers to develop a plan for “remote services”. This plan will be communicated to families on or before April 3, 2020 and will begin on April 13, 2020.
● If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to Mr. Casperson and Ms. Seth.

School Events Including Spring Picnic
● All school events until the end of April have been canceled (to be rescheduled).
● As things continue to change, we will keep you updated on events in May and June.
● Students, please practice social distancing even though hanging out with your friends is more fun.
● We do not have answers about Graduation 2020 and activities yet, so please be patient with us. As soon as we receive more information from the state and county, we will share that information with you. We can’t wait to celebrate your success!
● Our goal is to celebrate the graduating class of 2020, we ultimately want to make sure everyone is safe.

Students Taking College at SCC
● Students should now be working online for their SCC classes and should check their emails and Canvas for further information from SCC and individual professors.
● Students who need support with wifi should contact Ms. Seth.
● Ms. Seth will still be doing college grade checks every other week with students via email. Student Meals Each School Day
● Throughout the closure on school days each week, Unity students can go to the Orange United
Schools listed below for:
○ Grab-N-Go Breakfast from 8 am to 10 am &
○ Grab-N-Go Lunch 10 am to noon
● Locations serving food are:
○ Handy, California, Esplanade, Taft, Yorba, & Lampson Elementary Schools
○ Portola Middle School
○ Orange HS, El Modena HS, & Canyon HS. (served out of snack bars, not in the cafeteria or multipurpose rooms, to prevent students gathering)

● Students are not allowed to stay on campus or congregate to consume meals and must be present to pick up food. We are in this together as a Unity family, and we will get through this. Thank you for your responsiveness, support, and ongoing communication. As always, please reach out to us and let us know what you and your family need. Stay safe and take care of your loved ones.