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Requirements for graduation and specified alternative means for completing the prescribed course of study shall be made available to students, parents/guardians and the public. (Education Code 51225.3)

Students shall not be required to have resided within the district for any minimum length of time as a condition of high school graduation. (Education Code 51411)

Suspension of the California High School Exit Examination(CAHSEE)  

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 In October, 2015, Senate Bill (SB) 172 (Liu) was signed into law.  This law suspends the administration of the CAHSEE and the requirement that students completing grade twelve successfully pass the high school exit examination as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation from high school.

 What this means is that current 12th, 11th, and 10th grade students, who will graduate in June of 2016, 2017 and 2018, are NOT required to take or pass the CAHSEE in order to graduate with a high school diploma.  With the signing of SB 172, there will be no administration of the CAHSEE during the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 school years.
If your child has already taken and passed the English Language Arts and / or Math sections of the CAHSEE, congratulations!  If your child has either not taken or not passed either section of the CAHSEE, it is no longer a requirement to do so in order to earn a high school diploma.
In years to come, the State may establish a different type of exam that will assess a student's comprehension of Common Core State Standards.  As information becomes available, we will be sure to notify you of any changes in graduation requirements for students in the graduating classes of 2019 and beyond.
Additional information is provided in the frequently asked questions that are posted to the California Department of Education CAHSEE website at
In summary, SDUHSD graduation requirements have not changed.  All students must complete the San Dieguito Union High School District approved course requirements to graduate with a high school diploma.  If you have questions or concerns regarding your child's graduation plan, please contact his / her school counselor.

Middle School Students Taking High School Level Courses

  1. Students may enroll in both world language and Geometry and Algebra II as part of their middle school courses. The course of study taken at the middle schools is comparable to those same levels which are taken at the high school level; therefore, middle school world language and/or Geometry and Algebra II classes fulfill the entrance requirement for the University of California and State University systems.
  2. Students who take world language, as eighth graders are eligible for entry into the next level at the high school if they possess suggested prerequisites.
  3. No high school credit will be granted for courses taken at the middle school; however, the course(s) may be used for college entrance requirements.
  4. Students in Grade 8 may take and receive credit for advanced courses at the high school. Enrollment in these courses is on a space-available basis with approval of both the high school and middle school principals.