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Path to Graduation

The Los Angeles Unified School District graduation requirements include completion of the minimum CSU “a-g” course requirements, the California Department of Education (CDE) requirements, and requirements set forth by the LAUSD Board of Education. The Los Angeles Unified “a-g” and the additional CDE and LAUSD course requirements require a passing grade of “D” or better for graduation eligibility. Additionally, students must earn 210 credits. Students must meet all requirements in order to earn a high school diploma.

Graduation Requirements
Subject Minimum Requirement
History/Social Science
3 years
4 years
3 years
Laboratory Science
2 years 
Language Other Than English
2 years (Must be the same language)
Visual and Performing Arts
1 year
College Preparatory Elective
1 year
Physical Education
2 years
1 semester
Complete Service Learning Project
Select a Career Pathway


Credits Required to Promote to the Next Grade Level
10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade


Grade level promotion is based solely on the numerical credits earned. In order to promote to the next grade level, students must earn the total number or credits required, as indicated in the chart above. 

Each semester, every course passed with a grade of “D” or better earns 5 numerical credits. (Algebra 1 is a year-long course which yields 0 credits for the first semester and 10 credits for the second semester). A total of 210 credits are needed to earn a high school diploma.