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Graduation Requirements

In order to qualify for a diploma from Pacifica Christian High School each student must meet the following requirements.

  1. Complete no less than 230 semester credits of classroom or supervised activities in grades 9-12 with passing grades (D- or better). For classes to be recognized for University of California credit, a grade of C- or better is required. Satisfactory attendance and good citizenship are reflected in academic grades and credits completed.
  2. Complete the following subject matter requirements in grades 9-12 with passing grades.

History

4 Years / 40 Semester Credits

Course Semesters Credits
World Humanities I 2 10
World Humanities II 2 10
European History 1 5
Ethics, Politics, & Economics 1 5
U.S. History / AP U.S. History 2 10

English

4 Years / 40 Semester Credits

Course Semesters Credits
Ancient Literature and Composition 2 10
World Literature and Composition 2 10
British Literature / AP Language and Composition 2 10
American Literature / AP Literature and Composition 2 10

Mathematics

3 Years / 30 Semester Credits of Sequential Courses

Course Semesters Credits
Algebra I 2 10
Geometry 2 10
Algebra II 2 10
Pre-Calculus 2 10
AP Calculus AB 2 10
AP Statistics 2 10

Science

3 Years / 30 Semester Credits

Required courses:

Course Semesters Credits
Biology 2 10
Chemistry 2 10

Choose one of the following courses for the third year:

Course Semesters Credits
Physics 2 10
AP Biology 2 10
Online Science Elective(s) 2 10

Foreign Language

2 Years / 20 Semester Credits of Sequential Courses

Course Semesters Credits
Spanish I or Latin I 2 10
Spanish II or Latin II 2 10
Spanish III or Latin III 2 10
AP Spanish Language IV (AP Spanish 4) or AP Latin 2 10

Visual & Performing Arts

1 Year / 10 Semester Credits

Course Semesters Credits
Introduction to Theatre 2 10
Photography 2 10
Other VPA UC approved course 2 10

Theology

1 Years / 10 Semester Credits

Course Semesters Credits
Old Testament (integrated into World Humanities I)    
New Testament (integrated into World Humanities II)    
Faith and Culture 1 10

Physical Education / Team Sports

2 Years / 20 Semester Credits  –  Click here to view a list of athletic teams

Sport / Course Semesters Credits
Any team sport 1 5
Physical Education 2 10

Pacifica Electives

3 Years / 30 Semester Credits

In addition to the one year requirement of a UC approved Visual and Performing Arts elective, students must complete an additional 30 semester elective credits. Classes which exceed the minimum graduation requirements may be considered as electives. Students may choose to take classes from the following departments:

  • Foreign Language
  • Theology
  • English
  • Math
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • History
  • Visual and Performing Arts (either UC approved or not)
  • Other Electives

Pacifica’s required coursework exceeds the minimum requirements for entrance into the University of California System, California State University System, and most private colleges and universities.