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
Writing for Publication
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
Algebra 2/Pre-Calculus Compression
Probability and 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
AP Environmental Science
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)
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
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.