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CAHSEE No Longer Required for Diploma

Were you issued a certificate of completion in the spring of 2006 or later? Did you meet all graduation requirements but did not pass either one or both sections of the CAHSEE? Based on the law signed by Governor Brown on Oct. 7, 2015, you may be eligible to receive a high school diploma. If you believe you now qualify for a high school diploma under the new law, you can fill out our short application online. For further information, please contact

High School Graduation Requirements
& A-G

SFUSD adopted a policy that aligns high school graduation and the A-G requirements. To ensure that all students take college preparatory courses and have the option of applying to a wide range of colleges and universities, students must meet these requirements with a D or better in order to earn a high school diploma.  To be UC/CSU eligible, students must complete these courses with a C or better.

What Is A-G?

A-G are 15 year-long college preparatory courses established by the University of California (UC).  These are the minimum required courses students must take during high school in order to be eligible to apply to UCs/CSUs. SFUSD's high school graduation requirements are aligned with A-G; however, there are slight differences.

Required A-G Courses in SFUSD High Schools

  Subject Required Recommended Example Course Titles
A Social Sciences 3 years   Modern World, US History, American Democracy, Economics
B English 4 years *   English 1, English 2, American Literature, European Literature
C Math 3 years 4 years Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Calculus
D Lab Sciences 2 years ** 3 years Biology, Chemistry, Physics
E Foreign Language 2 years 3 years Two years of the same language, other than English
F Visual and Performing Arts 1 year   Music, Drama, Art, Ceramics, Architecture
G College Prep Elective 1 year
(10 credits)
  Psychology, Probability and Statistics,
* English One year of Advanced English Development either ELD Advanced S or ELD Advanced W is considered for the B requirement, but not both.
** Science Students must take one year from the Biological Sciences and another year from the Physical Sciences.


Additional Graduation Requirements

230 credits must be completed in order to earn a high school diploma.

A-G coursework and additional required classes (1 semester of college/career, 1 semester of health education, and 2 years of PE) equate to 180 credits. Add to that 50 credits (10 of which must be from the A-G categories) of elective coursework, which brings the total to 230 credits (180 + 50 = 230). These additional graduation requirements do not need to fall into the A-G categories.

Testing Requirements

Senate Bill (SB) 172 suspended the administration of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) and the requirement that students completing grade twelve successfully pass the high school exit examination as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation from high school for the 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 school years. SB 172 also requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) to convene an advisory panel to provide recommendations to the SSPI on the continuation of the high school exit examination and on alternative pathways to satisfy the high school graduation requirements pursuant to California Education Code sections 51224.5 and 51225.3.


To learn about what A-G courses are offered at each high school in SFUSD, visit the UC Doorways website

Find additional information on the California High School Exit Exam.

To make up credits and coursework, visit the Credit Recovery Program page.