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Graduation Requirements- Navigating Your Trail

GMCS is committed to equip students with 21st-century learning opportunities, strengthen the whole child to transcend obstacles and become life-long learners, empower families to propel students toward college and career readiness, and anchor them with community by cultivating relationships.

It is important to note that the requirements for high school graduation and that of colleges and universities are different. At Granite Mountain, we have two paths for students to journey through:

  • College and Career Readiness Track (Meets state graduation requirements)
  • University a-g Readiness Track (Seeks to meet university admissions requirements)

Students should complete courses based on their specific path and aspirations for post secondary goals. A student’s course selection should be based on their individual, academic, career, and personal interests. Identifying the targeted goal for after high school will assist in developing a plan that is most catered to your student’s own interests and will assist him/her in meeting those goals.

Please note that although students on the university track are taking course work to meet the UC and Cal State’s a-g course requirements, some college admission requirements can vary and it is recommended that students contact their school of choice prior to applying so as to ensure they meet the admission requirements. It is also recommended that this discussion takes place early on in a student’s educational journey to ensure the appropriate courses are taken to meet the specific university’s requirements.

Please reach out to your High School Success Coordinator or High School Counselor to inquire about graduation requirements and/or college admissions.

Subject Area Graduation Requirements Total Credits
Social Studies 6 semester courses
( Must include 1 year of US History, 1 year World History, 1 semester of Government, and 1 semester of Economics)
30
English 6 semester courses 30
Math 4 semester courses
( Algebra 1 must be completed)
20
Science 4 semester courses
( Must include 1 year of Physical Science and 1 year of Life Science)
20
Visual & Performing Arts 2 semester courses 10
World Language
Electives 18 semester courses 90
Total = 200 Credits

* Please note that once a subject area graduation requirement has been fulfilled, all excess credits will be rolled over to the Electives category.

Suggested Course Sequences

Granite Mountain/CDE Graduation Requirements
UC/CSU A-G University Entrance Requirements





English (30 credits)
English (40 credits)
English 9A English 9B
English 9A English 9B
English 10A English 10B
English 10A English 10B
English 11A English 11B
English 11A English 11B



English 12A English 12B





Mathematics (20 credits)
Mathematics (30 credits minimum)
Algebra 1A Algebra 1B
Algebra 1A Algebra 1B
Other Math A Other Math B
Geometry A Geometry B



Algebra 2A Algebra 2B





Social Studies (30 credits)
Social Studies (30 credits)
World History A World History B
World History A World History B
US History A US History B
US History A US History B
Government Economics
Government Economics





Science (20 credits)
Science (20 credits)
Life Science A with Labs Life Science B with Labs
Biology A with Labs Biology B with Labs
Physical Science A with Labs Physical Science B with Labs
Chemistry A with Labs Chemistry B with Labs





Language other than English (LOTE) / Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) (10 credits)
Language other than English (20 credits minimum)
LOTE or VPA A LOTE or VPA B
Spanish / French / Other 1A Spanish / French / Other 1B



Spanish / French / Other 2A Spanish / French / Other 2B







Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) (10 credits)



VPA Course A VPA Course B





Electives (90 credits)
Electives (50 credits)
Elective 1 A Elective 1 B
College Prep Elective A College Prep Elective B
Elective 2 A Elective 2 B
Elective 2 A Elective 2 B
Elective 3 A Elective 3 B
Elective 3 A Elective 3 B
Elective 4 A Elective 4 B
Elective 4 A Elective 4 B
Elective 5 A Elective 5 B
Elective 5 A Elective 5 B
Elective 6 A Elective 6 B


Elective 7 A Elective 7 B


Elective 8 A Elective 8 B


Elective 9 A Elective 9 B