Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, students must earn a minimum of 24 units of credit and 8 semesters of attendance, unless approval for early graduation has been granted through Board Policy 2540. The 24 credits must be earned in the areas of study listed below.

Graduation Requirements


English Language Arts

4 Units

Social Studies

3 Units


3 Units


3 Units

Fine Arts

1 Unit

Practical Arts* (Personal Finance .5**)

1 Unit

Physical Education

1 Unit

Health Education

0.5 Units


7.5 Units


24 Units

*Indicates that the Personal Finance course may count one half unit of credit toward meeting this requirement.
**Personal Finance is typically taken in a student’s 11th grade year in FHSD high schools. Students in Lane 1 will need to take Personal Finance at their FHSD home site. Students in Lane 2 will have to take the online Personal Finance course offered for credit advancement during the summer before starting the Early College Program unless they have alternate plans to earn the credit.

Students participating in the Early College Program will receive high school credit for MOTR-numbered dual enrollment courses offered at SCC. Only non-remedial courses will be eligible for dual enrollment credit. All MOTR-numbered courses completed at SCC will be included on participating students’ high school transcripts, satisfy cum laude credit requirements, and will be calculated into the participating student’s GPA. Students may petition the district to accept courses that are not listed in this document. The petition form is included in this guidebook. FHSD cannot guarantee that such courses will be accepted for FHSD credit or that they will meet graduation requirements.

Special note on Cum Laude honors recognition:
In order to receive cum laude honors upon graduation, must satisfy all core course requirements outlined in Policy 2525. Only non-remedial dual enrollment courses will satisfy cum laude honors requirements. Course grades from classes taken as part of Lanes 1, 2, and 3 of the Early College Program will be calculated into a student’s GPA. Courses at a 200-level or higher (or equivalent depending on unique SCC departmental course numeration) will carry an honors point. For more information pertaining to cum laude requirements (ACT or SAT score, GPA thresholds, transfer credits, etc.), please solicit FHSD Policy 2525 (Graduation Requirements).

Credit Value Equivalencies
A 3.0 credit-hour college course will count as 0.5 units of high school credit. A 5.0 credit-hour college course will count as 1.0 units of high school credit. 4.0 credit-hour science courses with labs will count as 1.0 units of high school credit. All other 4.0 credit-hour courses will count as 0.5 units of high school credit.

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