Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete 230 credits in order to graduate. SFUSD's graduation requirements are aligned with the A-G college entrance requirements. Students must complete a certain number of credits in each subject area in order to be eligible for graduation and college admissions. Each course is worth 5 credits per semester.

  • Must receive a grade of “D” or higher to earn credit for the course.
  • Must receive a grade of “C” or higher to be eligible for UC/CSU/Private.
  • If an “F” is earned - you must retake the course during summer/night school.

For more information about making up failed classes see the information on the Credit Recovery page.


SFUSD Graduation Requirements 

English (4 years)

9th grade - English 1

10th grade - English 2

11th grade - American Literature 

12th grade - European Literature or CSU Expository Writing 

Additional English:

Writing for Publication

ELD Advanced 

Communications and Writing


Social Studies (3 years)

10th grade - World History

11th grade - US History

12th grade - American Democracy (1 semester)

12th grade - Economics (1 semester)


Math (3 years, 4 years recommended for UC/CSU)

9th grade - Algebra 1

10th grade - Geometry

11th grade - Advanced Algebra

Additional Math:


Algebra 2/Pre-Calculus Compression 

Probability and Statistics

AP Statistics 

AP Calculus AB


Science (2 years, one year physical and one year life science, 3 years recommended for UC/CSU)

1 Year Life Science:

9th grade - Biology

1 Year Physical Science:

10th grade - Conceptual Physics



Additional Science:

Biotech 1

Biotech 2

AP Biology

AP Physics

AP Environmental Science

Marine Biology 



World Languages (2 years of the same language, 3 recommended for UC/CSU)

French (level 1, 2, 3 Honors)

Spanish (level 1, 2, 3 Honors, AP)

Chinese (level 1, 2, 3 Honors, AP)

Japanese (level 1, 2, 3 Honors)


Visual/Performing Arts (1 year of the same art)







Advanced Photography

Computer Art

Creative Computing

Architectural Design

AP Art History


AP Art 2D

AP Art 3D

Media Arts 1

Media Arts 2


Electives (50 Credits Total)

Electives are typically fulfilled when students go above and beyond a requirement. For example if students take a third year of science, the 10 credits from their science class roll over to electives. We also offer courses that fall under the "G" elective category such as:


Critical Thinking and Social Change

AP Computer Science Principals

AP Computer Science A

AP Psychology

Academy Electives

Ethnic Studies Honors


Physical Education (2 years)


Other Graduation Requirements

Health Education (1 semester)

Career Education (1 semester)


For a complete list of course offerings at Abraham Lincoln High School please visit:

Courses are subject to change and not all courses are offered each school year. 


Not sure if you're on track to graduate?

See your counselor in the counseling office and review your transcript to make sure that you are on track for graduation. Your counselor can help create a plan for graduation if you have classes that you need to retake through credit recovery.