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Graduation Requirements

A - G Course Requirements
a - g Courses Years Credits
  • Modern World History
  • US History
  • Government / Economics
3 30
  • English 9
  • English 10
  • English 11
  • English 12 (ERWC)
4 40
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Probability & Statistics
  • AP Calculus
3 - 4

30 - 40



  • Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • AP Biology
  • Biotech 1/2 or Biotech 3/4


  • Chemistry
  • Physics
2 - 3 20 - 30
  • Spanish
  • Native Spanish Speakers
  • Italian
  • French
2 20
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Band
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Ballet Folklorico
  • Drama
  • Video Art
  • Advance Digital Photography
  • Photography
1 10
  • AVID
  • Exploring Computer Science
  • AP Computer Science
  • Psychology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Earth Science
  • World Geography
  • Auto 
1 10


General Remarks:


* Students must pass all courses with a C or higher in order to be (a-g) eligible.



Note: In addition to the a-g requirements, students must also meet district requirements which are the following:

  • 2 years of Physical Education (20 Credits)
  • 1 semester of Health (5 Credits)
  • Elective Courses (75 Credits)


  • A one-period course for one semester (18 weeks) equals five high school credits (5 credits).
  • A one-period course for a year (36 weeks) equals ten high school credits (10 credits).


  • A normal course load for one y ear is six courses each semester or (60 credits) per year.
  • The requirements for graduation is a minimum of 220 credits.


  • Students who retake a course they have already passed will not receive credit twice, unless the course has been designation MBRFC (May Be Repeated For Credit).
  • In Math, Science, Foreign Language and elective courses students must pass with a C or better to move on in that particular academic sequence.

In South San Francisco High School we provide rigorous instruction and challenging course content such as AP (Advanced Placement) and Honors courses.


Students wishing to be enrolled in Honor courses must obtain approval of current level instructor (i.e. English 1 CP teacher for approval of English 2 Honors). Students registering to enroll in advance placement (AP) courses must obtain and submit a completely signed Advance Placement (AP) Contract.


This requires: signature of approval from 

  1. Student's current instructor
  2. Student's parent/guardian 
  3. Attendance meeting with Assistant Principal stating student's understanding of the course expectations.

Once all required individuals have signed and agreed to the AP Contract, students will submit their Course Request Form to their Counselor to register for their requested AP or Honors course.


Please Note that students will not be able to drop any AP or Honors course once enrolled.


Students are expected to complete all summer work for AP and Honors level classes upon the first day of school.


AP/Honors Contracts are located in the Counseling Office if you need assistance please speak with the Counseling secretary.