Graduation Requirements

  • San Mateo Union High School District students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 170 credits in required courses and 50 additional credits of elective coursework, making a total of 220 credits. Each course passed earns 5 credits.

    Social Studies "A" Requirement

    • 40 Credits: Modern World History, Contemporary World Studies, U.S. History, American Government, Economics
    • California State University (C.S.U.)/University of California (U.C.) Requirement - 2 years: World History, U.S. History

    English "B" Requirement

    • 40 Credits: English 9, English 10, English 11 and English 12
    • C.S.U./U.C. Requirement - 4 years: College Prep English

    Mathematics "C" Requirement

    • 30 Credits (must include Algebra 1)
    • C.S.U./U.C. Requirement - 3 years: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2

    Lab Science "D" Requirement

    • 20 Credits: 10 credits in Biological science and 10 credits in physical science
    • C.S.U./U.C. Requirement - 2 years: Lab Science including physical science and life science
      • *3 years recommended

    World Languages "E" Requirement

    • 10 credits
    • C.S.U./U.C. Requirement - 2 years of the same language
      • *3 years recommended

    Visual and Performing Arts "F" Requirement

    • 10 credits
    • C.S.U./U.C. Requirement - 1 year

    Electives "G" Requirement

    • 50 credits
    • C.S.U./U.C. Requirement - 1 year

    Career and Technical Education (C.T.E.) Requirement

    • 10 credits
    • C.S.U./U.C. Requirement - none

    Physical Education

    • 20 credits
    • C.S.U./U.C. Requirement - none

    Health

    • 5 credits
    • C.S.U./U.C. Requirement - none

     

    Additional Non-Course Requirements

    • Passing credit on senior defense
    • Possible: American College Testing (A.C.T.), Scholastic Assessment Test (S.A.T.), and S.A.T. Subject Tests