Graduation Requirements

In order to prepare its students for colleges and careers, the Elk Grove Unified School District has some of the most rigorous graduation requirements in California. The Board of Education believes that students will be better prepared for colleges and careers if they are challenged in high school. The district has increased its graduation requirements several times in the past 15 years, and students have always risen to the challenge.

Whenever the district considers updating its requirements, they are first reviewed by two committees — one comprised of teachers and administrators, and one of parents and business leaders. These committees examine what employers and colleges expect of graduates to ensure that the district’s requirements prepare students with skills they need to be successful in their post secondary education and careers. The committees forward their recommendations to the Board, which makes the final decision.

To graduate, an Elk Grove Unified School District student must earn a minimum of 220 credits in grade 9-12. A minimum of 25 credits must be earned during the semester (18 weeks) preceding graduation in order for students to participate in the graduation ceremony.

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EGUSD Graduation Requirements

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of math (including Math I) and 2 years of science, or 3 years of math (including Math I) and 3 years of science (math must be taken senior year)
  • 3.5 years of social science
  • 2 years of physical education
  • 2 years of world language or 1 year of world language and 1 year of fine arts
  • 1 semester of health
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in current technology or pass a course
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in public speaking or pass a course
  • Additional Electives

As the state standards have recommended that students take algebra and geometry earlier than before, many students are now able to fulfill these graduation requirements in middle school.

Academy Graduation Requirements

Students can earn an academy-specific graduation cord by completing the following requirements:

  • A minimum of three years enrollment in the academy
  • All associated academy academic courses (e.g., some combination of 3 courses/year in the areas of ELA, math,
    science and/or social science depending on the academy)
  • A sequence of three Career Technical Education courses, one each year starting in the sophomore year, that pertain to the academy’s focus
  • A project-based assignment associated with the academy’s CTE focus and supported by work in each of the
    academic courses

Also, depending on the academy, other requirements may include earning an industry-recognized certificate or completing a work-based learning experience, such as job shadowing or an internship.


Graduation Requirements Fact Sheet
 EGUSD Graduation Course Requirements