Perris Union HSD

(BP 6146.1)

High School Graduation Requirements

The Governing Board desires to prepare all students to obtain a diploma of high school graduation to enable them to take advantage of opportunities for postsecondary education and/or employment.

(cf. 5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)

(cf. 5147 - Dropout Prevention)

(cf. 5149 - At-Risk Students)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.3 - Reciprocity of Academic Credit)

Course Requirements

Students shall receive diplomas of graduation from high school only after completing the prescribed course of study and meeting the standards of proficiency established by the district and the state.

All students in grades 9 through 12 shall complete the following course of study and shall have 225 credits in order to receive a diploma of graduation.


  1. At least the following number of credits in subjects specified:

a. Four years of courses in English

b. Three years math including an Algebra course At least one mathematics course, or a combination of the two mathematics courses (Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B) required for completion in grades 9-12, shall meet or exceed state academic content standards for Algebra I. Completion of algebra coursework in grades 7 and 8 shall not exempt a student from the requirements to complete three mathematics courses in grades 9-12. (Education. Code 51224.5)

c. Three and one-half years of courses in History/Social Studies, including one semester of World Geography; one year of World History, Culture, and Geography; one year of United States History and Geography; a one-semester course in American Government and Civics; and a one semester course in Economics. (Education Code 51225.3)

d. Three years of courses in Science, including one year of physical science; and one year biological science. (Education Code 51225.3)

e. Two years of courses in PE (to include JROTC and Marching Band programs for PE credit), unless the student has been exempted pursuant to Education Code 51241. (Education Code 51225.3)

f. One year of courses in either Visual or Performing Arts, Foreign Language, American Sign Language, or Photography. (Education Code 51225.3)

g. One semester of Health

170 Credits:

40 credits

30* credits

35 credits30 credits

20 credits

10 credits

5 credits

  1. Other courses prescribed by the Board:

a. 2-period Reading Intervention Course in place of core English is required for 7, 8, 9, and 10th grade students scoring at “Below Basic” or “Far Below Basic” on the California Standards Test for English. In addition 11th grade students scoring “Below Basic” or “Far Below Basic” on the California Standards Test for English and who have not passed the CAHSEE will be required to take the 2-period Reading Intervention Course.

b. Math Support Course required for 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11th grade students scoring “Far Below Basic” on the California Standards Test for Math and have not passed Algebra I. (This course earns elective credits only).

c. Limitations:

Office/student aide 10 credits maximum

(Office aides are Juniors and Seniors ONLY)

(Office Aides receive Pass/Fail grade ONLY) not to be used to determine athletic eligibility)

Work experience 40 credits maximum

Community service 20 credits maximum

ROP 40 credits maximum

d. The remaining credits required for graduation will come from available elective courses. Coursework above the minimum requirements (see 1. a-g) may be used as elective credits.

e. Requirements may be earned through alternative credits (BP/AR 6146.11 - Alternative Credits Toward Graduation). Adult Education requirements are included in BP/AR 6146.11.

55 credits