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Graduation Requirements

High School Diploma Subject And Course Requirements

Credits Required for Graduation: 42*

The following courses are required to earn a high school diploma. All courses at Laurel Preparatory Academy are aligned to California State Content Standards.

English Languages Arts: 8 semester credits

  • Grade 9 English: 
2 credits
  • Grade 10 English: 
2 credits
  • Grade 11 and 12 English
: 4 credits – 1 credit in a course that emphasizes American Literature and 3 credits from a prescribed list

Mathematics: 6 semester credits

  • Algebra or Integrated Math 1: 
2 credits
  • Geometry or Integrated Math 2: 
2 credits
  • Intermediate Algebra or Integrated Math 3 or Pre-calculus or Honors Pre-calculus or Statistics: 
2 credits

Science: 4 semester credits

  • Earth Science, Physics, or Chemistry: 2 credits
  • Biology: 
2 credits

Social Social: 6 semester credits

  • World History, Geography & Economics
    2 credits 
  • US History
    2 credit 
  • Government
    1 credit 
  • Economics
    1 credit 

World Languages and Visual & Performing Arts: 2 semester credits

  • Option 1   2 semesters of World Language (both semesters must be same language)
  • Option 2   2 semesters of Visual and Performing Arts

Physical Education: 4 sememster credits


Electives: 9 semester credits

Career and Technical Education, Service Learning and Work Experience Education: 2 semester credits

  • Option 1   2 credits of Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Option 2   2 semesters of Service Learning
  • Option 3   2 semesters of Work Experience

Pathways Exhibition
 All seniors at Laurel must complete a Pathways Exhibition Portfolio and Presentation.

Senior Orientation
 Students graduating from Laurel Preparatory Academy must attend a senior orientation with a parent/guardian in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.

*42 units are required to be completed. May be earned by completing additional courses in the above areas or through elective courses completed in other areas such as physical education.

School Policies  As a student or parent at Laurel, it is important that you become familiar with Laurel’s policies and procedures. Please take the time to review our Student and Parent Resource Guide. A hardcopy of the Resource Guide is provided to each student and parent upon enrollment.

Graduation Requirements