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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

In order to receive a diploma from St. Francis High School, a student must earn a minimum of 240 units, starting with Class of 2017, have a good record of citizenship and behavior, have participated in campus ministry activities each year of attendance (liturgies, retreats, services), and have maintained an active Christian Service Project each year of attendance. 

The comprehensive four-year program of study offered at St. Francis is designed so that a graduate will have fulfilled all the course requirements necessary for application to the University of California, as well as those of virtually every major university and college across the nation. Each student is encouraged to take as challenging a course load as he/she can handle so as to increase his/her likelihood of successful competition for college entrance. Students are urged to take a third year of a modern language, a third year of laboratory science, and/or a fourth year of mathematics. 

The following courses must be completed with passing grades:
8 semesters of English 40 units 
8 semesters of Theology 40 units
6 semesters of Social Studies 30 units 
6 semesters of Mathematics 30 units
4 semesters of one Modern Language 20 units
4 semesters of Laboratory Science 20 units
2 semesters of Physical Education/Health 10 units
2 semesters of Visual and Performing Arts 10 units (must be in same discipline)
Students are required to complete 60 units each semester (6 courses per semester) and have the option of taking 7 courses in a semester.

Below is a typical course of studies for each of the four years at St. Francis. The schedule is adjusted in special circumstances, such as for transfer students.  Please note: Students must complete 10 units in a Visual and Performing Arts class.  These classes may be taken anytime during the student’s four years.
9th grade 10th grade 11th grade 12th grade
English
(4 years)
English 9 English 10 OR English 10 Honors English 11 OR AP English Language and Composition English 12 OR AP English Literature and Composition
Theology
(4 years)
Introduction to Christianity AND Old Testament New Testament AND Relationships Church History AND Morality Social Justice World Religions AND Christian Values in Today's World
Social Studies
(3 years)
World Cultures (semester) Modern World History U.S. History OR AP U.S. History Government AND Economics
Mathematics
(3 years)
Algebra 1 OR Geometry OR Geometry Honors* Geometry OR Geometry Honors OR Algebra 2 OR Algebra 2 Honors Algebra 2 OR Algebra 2 Honors OR Precalculus OR Precalculus Honors AP Calculus OR Statistics OR Pre-Calculus OR Pre-Calulus Honors
Science
(2 years)
General Science (semester) or Biology or Biology Honors** Biology OR Biology Honors OR Chemistry OR Chemistry Honors Chemistry OR Chemistry Honors OR AP Biology OR Physics AP Biology OR AP Chemistry OR Physics
Modern Language
(2 years)
Spanish 1 OR Spanish 2 OR Honors Spanish 2*** OR Latin 1 Spanish 2 OR Honors Spanish 2 OR Spanish 3 OR Honors Spanish 3 OR Latin 2 AP Spanish OR Spanish 3 OR Honors Spanish 3 AP Spanish
Physical Education
(1 year)
PE/Health 9 Strength and Conditioning Strength and Conditioning Strength and Conditioning
Visual and Performing Arts
(1 year)
Visual Art 1 OR Choir OR Drama Visual Art 1 OR Visual Art 2 OR Choir OR Drama Visual Art 1 OR Visual Art 2 OR Choir OR Drama Visual Art 1 OR Visual Art 2 OR Choir OR Drama
Total Units 60 60 60 60

*Mathematics placement for 9th grade depends on student performance on the Geometry Readiness Exam.

**Science placement for 9th grade depends on student performance on the Science Placement Exam.

***Spanish placement for 9th grade depends on student performance on the Modern Language Placement Exam.