To learn more about college admission requirements, and for a list of District courses that have been certified by the University of California as satisfying the requirements for admission to the University of California and California State University, please see: Requirements for Admission.
All graduates must complete a minimum of 220 credits of course work.
Career Technical Education (CTE): Career Technical Education is offered by the District as career and workforce preparation for high school students, preparation for advanced training, and the upgrading of existing skills. Career Technical Education provides high school students with valuable career and technical education so students can (1) enter the workforce with skills and competencies to be successful; (2) pursue advanced training in postsecondary educational institutions; or (3) upgrade existing skills and knowledge.
Learn more about the District’s Career Technical Education classes.
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University of California/California State University Requirements
Amount of Credits Required
2 years - UC Requirement and 35 credits - SMUHSD requirement
- Modern World History or European History AP (10 credits)
- Contemporary World Studies (5 credits)
- United States History (10 credits)
- American Government (5 credits)
- Economics (5 credits)
4 years required; 40 credits
3 years required (Algebra, Geometry and Intermediate Algebra), 4 years recommended; 30 credits
2 years required (Biology and Chemistry), 3 years recommended; 20 credits
Language Other Than English
2 years required, 3 years recommended; 20 credits; (English Language Development students may have the World Language requirement waived)
Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
1 year required; 10 credits
40 Elective Credits required
2 year required; 20 credits
Career Technical Education
1 year required, 10 credits
Most Career Technical Education courses count for either the F or G requirement.
* Students are encouraged to meet with school counselors to help them choose courses at their school that will meet college admission requirements or enroll in career technical education courses, or both. Please contact the Assistant Principal of Instructional Services at your school.