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San Dieguito Union High School District

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High School Diploma & College Entrance Requirements



Requirements for graduation and specified alternative means for completing the prescribed course of study for a high school diploma shall be made available to students, parents/guardians, and the public. (Education Code 51225.3, Board Policy 6146.1-4, AR 6146.11)


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, BP 6146.3) or Certificate of Completion (BP 6146.4)
SDUHSD High School Diploma Requirements:
SDUHSD High School Graduation Requirements
Additional Options:
Because the prescribed course of study may not accommodate the needs of some students, the Board shall provide alternative means for the completion of prescribed courses in accordance with the law. Please contact the student’s school of residence for more information.
Each student's individual progress toward fulfilling high school graduation requirements can be monitored through the Aeries Portal by accessing Graduation Status under the Grades menu. Students or parents with questions or concerns regarding graduation status should contact the school counselor.
high school equivalency tests

high school equivalency tests

  • Students who have reached their 16th birthday may take the California High School Proficiency exam.
  • California approved two high school equivalency tests for students 18 years old and older, and 17 years old in some instances, for receiving a California High School Equivalency Certificate - GED® and HiSET®. 


Community College Requirements
In order to be eligible to attend a community college, students must have satisfied any ONE of the following:
California State University (CSU) & University of California (UC)
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College Preparatory Coursework in Grade 7 & 8
  • Students may enroll in college preparatory mathematics and/or language other than English classes as part of their middle school courses. The course taken at the SDUHSD middle schools is comparable to those same levels which are taken at the high school level; therefore, middle school world language and/or math classes may fulfill eligibility requirements for the University of California and California State University systems.
  • Students who take mathematics or world language as eighth-graders are eligible for entry into the next level at the high school if they complete suggested prerequisites.
  • No high school credit will be granted for courses taken at the middle school; however, the course(s) may be used to fulfill college entrance requirements.
  • 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 the approval of both the high school and middle school principals.
For more information about college admission, please visit the College & Career page.