General Curriculum

what you need to graduate

The General Curriculum Diploma verifies the student’s completion of his/her secondary experience without regard to eligibility for college acceptance. Future employers, personal development initiatives, or even certain further educational programs will require an assessment of a student’s academic transcript to determine eligibility.


  • Earn a minimum of 22 units of credit without regard to GPA
  • Earn a minimum of 6.5 units of solid credit (English, modern languge, mathematics, science, social studies)
  • Earn appropriate credits in the required courses listed below

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Departments Required Courses Credit Required
English English I (9th) 1.0
  English II (10th) 1.0
  One semester of literature 0.5
  One semester of speech or composition 0.5
Mathematics Pre-algebra or equivalent 1.0
Modern Language None required  
Science Biology I or equivalent 1.0
Social Studies U.S. History (11th) 1.0
  U.S. Government (11th or 12th) 0.5
Total Solids General Curriculum Diploma Requirements 6.5
Applied Arts Must include courses from two of the following three areas: 1.5
    Business Education
  Home Economics
  Technical Eduation
Fine Arts Minimum of one semester of any art or music course; more is recommended. Fine arts credits earned over 4.0 units will not count towards total credits needed for graduation. 0.1
Physical Education and Health Physical Education (five semesters) 1.5
  Health (one semester) 0.5
Religion One unit for each year in attendance at an SDA secondary school 4.0
Work Experience 180 total clock hours—requires submission of Work Experience Form signed by work supervisor. 0.5
General Education Electives Enough to make the net total at least 22 units  

Solid units plus General Education units