Graduation Requirements

  • All graduates must complete a minimum of 220 credits (5 credits = 1 semester) of course work: English (40), Mathematics (30), Social Science (35), Physical Education (20), Science (20), World Languages (10), Fine and Performing Arts (10), Health (5), Career Technical Education (10), Electives (40) and receive a passing grade.
    Passing grades in 220 credits of course work are required for graduation. Of these 220 credits, 170 must be in the required subjects. The student handbook will show a typical class schedule for each grade level. Should you have any questions regarding the requirements, please contact your school's counseling office.

    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.

    Forty 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.
    The remaining credits must be taken in specific areas. However, 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.

    English: 40 credits
    Career Technical Education: 10 credits
    Social Science: 35 credits including: Modern World History 1 and 2; Contemporary World Studies; United States History 1 and 2; American Government; Economics
    Physical Education: 20 credits. 10 credits completed in grade 9 and at least 10 credits completed in grades 10 or may be deferred to grade 11 based upon student need.
    Science: 20 credits. 10 credits of Physical Science and 10 credits of Biological Science - at least one course must meet the “d” requirement on the U.C. “a-g” list.
    Mathematics: 30 credits, including 10 credits of Algebra 1-2. Any course below the level of Algebra 1-2 does not receive high school math credit.
    World Languages: 10 credits to be completed by the end of grade 10 
    Fine & Performing Arts: 10 credits 
    Health: 5 credits
    Electives: 40 credits (minimum)

    220 Credits Required with a passing grade.

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