SMUHSD GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • PURPOSE OF REQUIREMENTS

    The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees has set these graduation requirements to ensure that every student satisfactorily completes a minimum course of study which is consistent with the educational philosophy and objectives of the District.

    REQUIREMENT DETAILS

    All graduates must complete a minimum of 220 credits of course work listed by subject area below and receive a passing grade of D or higher.

    180 credits must be taken in specific areas. There are usually a variety of classes which meet each requirement with classes designed for different levels of ability and/or career interests. If you are not sure which class is best for you, discuss it with a teacher or counselor. 40 credits are elective; that is, they may be chosen on the basis of personal interest, college or career requirements, or the need for remedial work.

     

     

    Subject

     

     

    # of Credits

     

     

    Comment

     

     

    English

     

     

    40

     

     

    10 credits in each grade level

     

    Social Studies

     

    35

     

     

    Introduction to Ethnic Studies (one semester) - beginning Class of 2024

    Contemporary World History (one semester) - ending Class of 2023

    Modern World History 

    US History

    American Government and Economics 

     

     

    Mathematics

     

    30

     

     

    Including 10 credits of Algebra 1 and 10 credits of Geometry.  If Algebra 1 and Geometry are completed in advance of high school, they must be completed at WASC accredited programs with a UC/CSU a-g list and students must complete 30 credits of higher level math for graduation.

     

    Science

     

    20

     

     

    10 credits of Biological Science and 10 credits of a Physical Science 

     (at least one course must meet the D requirement on the U.C. A-G list by the end of the sophomore year)

     

    Physical Education

     

    20

     

     

    10 credits completed in grade 9, and another 10 credits completed by the end of grade 11

     

    World Languages

     

    10

     

     

    Completed by the end of grade 10

     

     

    Fine Arts

     

     

    10

     

     

    Completed by the end of grade 12

     

    CTE

     

    10

     

    Completed by the end of grade 12

    Health

     

    5

     

    Completed by the end of grade 10

    Electives

     

    40

     

     

    Credits  may be completed throughout high school

     

     

    Total

     

     

    220

     

     

    Required Minimum

     

     

    EQUIVALENTS:

    5   Credits = 1 semester
    10 Credits = 2 semesters / 1 year
    20 Credits = 2 years
    30 Credits = 3 years
    40 Credits = 4 years