Academic Requirements for Graduation

In order to graduate, a student needs to have achieved the following by the end of 12th grade:

  • Completion of courses in required subjects for a total of no less than 230 credits (one semester of coursework in a subject is five credits, one year is 10 credits).
  • Meet A-G Requirements (D’s in A-G courses are not considered passing). According to the University of California system:

The intent of the “a-g” subject requirements is to ensure that students have attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study.

Courses from California high schools used to satisfy the “a-g” subject requirements must be certified by UC and appear on the school’s “a-g” course list. These courses are to be academically challenging, involving substantial reading, writing, problems and laboratory work (as appropriate), and show serious attention to analytical thinking, factual content and developing students’ oral and listening skills.

Informational materials about this important “bridge to college” will be distributed to parents separately.

Required Subjects for Graduation

Subject Credits Semester Courses
English 40 8 semesters
Math 30 6 semesters of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2.
Science 30 2 semesters each of Physics, Biology, Chemistry.
World History 10 2 semesters.
U.S. History 10 2 semesters.
American Government 5 1 semester.
Economics 5 1 semester.
Foreign Language 20 4 semesters of Spanish or other language.
Art 10 2 semesters of creative or performing arts.
Physical Education 20 4 semesters.
Electives 50 10 semesters.
Total 230 Minimum requirement.

Additional Requirements

  • Graduation in good standing requires a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or more. The minimum requirement for graduation is a GPA of 2.0 or more.
  • Completion of a minimum of 20 hours of Service Learning.
  • Completion of the Senior Project. An important required component of the senior project is the requirement that all 12th grade students complete Unity’s Early College Program or Career Internship Program. 12th grade students must complete and pass one (1) semester – length community college courses through concurrent enrollment.   Community college classes taken the summer before the 12th grade are counted toward this requirement.

Four-year colleges may require additional specific or total coursework.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Students are provided with supplemental challenging curriculum to meet their learning potential. Teachers work with parents to outline strategies to use at home and in the classroom that adequately challenge students.

  • Advanced Placement and honors courses are offered in the following subjects: Biology, Calculus, Spanish, and US History.
  • Other online AP courses are available for students when appropriate.

Typical Course Schedule

Typically, students will enroll in the following courses at each grade level. Students who have already completed certain courses (Algebra, Geometry, Biology, or Spanish) may enroll in the next higher- level course offered, including honors and advanced placement courses.

Grade 9:

  • English 9
  • Algebra A or Algebra 1 or higher math course
  • Cultural Geography or Academic Literacy
  • Biology
  • PE
  • Learning Lab

Grade 10:

  • English 10
  • Algebra 1, Geometry or higher math course
  • World History
  • Chemistry
  • PE
  • Spanish I or Spanish II

Grade 11:

  • English 11
  • Algebra 2 or PreCalculus
  • U.S. History
  • Physics
  • Art I
  • Spanish II or AP Spanish

Grade 12:

  • U.S. Government/ Economics
  • English 12
  • Algebra 2, PreCalculus or Calculus
  • College Preparation course
  • Community college course(s) of choosing or Career Internship

Courses offered at Unity will vary from semester to semester. Course descriptions, schedules and requirements will be published and available to families as early as possible or from individual instructors upon request.