Planning your high school years can make a big difference in how you get through high school, what you accomplish, and what your future options are. Both academic preparation and vocational training are appropriate during high school. Some helpful questions that should be discussed and answered between you and your parent/guardian when planning your class choices:
Question # 1: What is your primary educational goal at the conclusion of your senior year?
a. Meet minimum college admission requirements
b. To enter the community, state, or university college system prepared to take college‐credit courses (and avoid remedial math and/or English classes)
c. To be competitive for admission to an elite university
d. To gain and enhance career‐technical skills and experiences while meeting minimum high school graduation requirements
Question # 2: What area of study do you want to emphasize, if any? What are your natural abilities, interest, or passion for a particular field?
Question # 3: Is there a career you are interested in pursuing?
If you plan to attend a four-year university directly after high school, you must complete the A-G admission requirements. These are the minimum required courses to attend a CSU or UC.
A-G Subject Requirements for UC/CSU
A. Historical/Social Science – 2 years required
B. English – 4 years required of college preparatory English in Composition and Literature
C. Mathematics – 3 years required/4 years recommended
D. Laboratory Science – 2 years required/3 years recommended
E. Language Other Than English – 2 years required/3 years recommended. This must be 2 years of the same language.
F. Visual And Performing Arts – 1 year required
G. College Preparatory Elective – 1 year required.
*In addition to meeting the A-G requirements, students planning on attending a CSU/UC may take the SAT or ACT with a Writing test. Students are no longer required to take the SAT Subject tests for admittance purposes into a UC/CSU but may take it to add to their transcript. *Students and Parents should go to the freshman admissions websites at colleges they are interested in to see if there are additional requirements for freshman admittance. This specifically pertains to CAL POLY
*Juniors who score well on the Common Core assessments may show college readiness or be considered conditionally ready, allowing students to enroll directly into college level math and english courses. Students can refer their CASSPP test results to determine if they are exempt.
*Students who complete 11 of the A-G requirements by the end of their Junior year and who are in the top 9% of their class may be eligible to participate in the ELC (Eligibility in the Local Context) program through the Office of the President for the University of California. This program is designed to notify qualifying students early of acceptance into a four-year UC.
*Students must complete 11 of the 15 A-G requirements by the end of their Junior Year of high school to be eligible to apply to a four-year college.
*Four-year and two-year colleges strongly recommend students take a math class their senior year.
*Letter grades of a C or Higher must be earned in the A-G courses (D and F are not accepted)
*Students must earn a high school diploma from a WASC-accredited program.
*It is strongly encouraged by the UC/CSU and Community College system that students have a declared major for application purposes.