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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 (235 semester credits for AP European History students) 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

3 Years / 30 Semester Credits*

Course Semesters Credits
Ancient / Medieval History 1 5
Modern World History 1 5
AP European History 2 10
U.S. History / AP U.S. History 2 10
U.S. Government 1 5
Foundations of the 20th Century 1 10

*3.5 Years / 35 Semester Credits for AP European History Students

English

4 Years / 40 Semester Credits

Course Semesters Credits
Ancient Literature and Composition 2 10
World Literature and Composition 2 10
American Literature / AP Language and Composition 2 10
Great Books / 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 Calculus BC 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
AP Physics 2 10
AP Chemistry 2 10

Foreign Language

2 Years / 20 Semester Credits of Sequential Courses

Course Semesters Credits
Spanish 1 or Latin 1 2 10
Spanish 2 or Latin 2 2 10
Spanish 3 or Latin 3 2 10
Latin 4 Honors 2 10
AP Spanish Language IV (AP Spanish 4) 2 10
AP Spanish Literature (AP Spanish 5) 2 10

Visual & Performing Arts

1 Year / 10 Semester Credits

Course Semesters Credits
Introduction to Theatre 2 10
Drawing and Painting 2 10
Photography 2 10
Mixed Media 2 10
American Cinema 2 10

Theology

2 Years / 20 Semester Credits

Course Semesters Credits
Old Testament 1 5
New Testament 1 5
Church History 2 10
Christian Classics 2 10

Physical Education / Team Sports

2 Years / 20 Semester Credits

Sport / Course Semesters Credits
Volleyball 1 5
Basketball 1 5
Cross Country 1 5
Track 1 5
Baseball 1 5
Soccer 1 5
Softball 1 5
Dance 1 5
Sailing 1 5
Golf 1 5
Cheerleading 1 5
Sports Medicine 2 10
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.