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Note, coursework in languages other than English is not an SDUHSD graduation requirement.



Per Board Policies 6146.1, 6146.11, and 6146.3, the district shall grant elective credit toward high school graduation for successful completion of coursework in languages other than English in a private school. (Education Code 51243-51244, 5 CCR 1632), only if all of the following conditions are met:


1. The institution has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges, or a regional equivalent, as a school offering courses leading to a high school diploma and/or University of California approvedCourses taken through providers that are WASC-accredited as Supplementary Ed only will not be accepted for college preparatory credit.

2. The courses are in languages designated in Education Code 51244 or State Board of Education regulations.

3.  The amount of credit sought equals at least one semester’s work.

4.  An SDUHSD Off- Campus Course Permission Request form must be signed by the student, parent/guardian and counselor prior to a student enrolling in the private instruction off-campus course.

 5. The student shall receive the same letter grade for the high school credit as is granted by the private instruction school. No weighted grade credit will be granted with the exception of College Board Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses that are weighted by the University of California. AP courses must be on the outside school’s AP Course Ledger or provide evidence of an approved College Board AP Audit for the year taken in order to be placed on the transcript.

6. Upon completion of the course, the student must submit an official, written transcript that includes grade issued and credit earned, as evidence from the off-campus school showing that the student successfully completed the course. 


To receive college preparatory elective credit, the school where the language is taken must be fully WASC-accredited and/or be UC approved. In addition, SDUHSD allows students to receive transfer elective credit for eligible world language courses offered by pre-approved unaccredited schools which have been certified through the district process. Please carefully review the following documents:

These approved private world language courses do not count as part of the 30-credit off-campus limit only if the language is not offered by a student's district school. 

Please note, courses in language other than English will be awarded transfer credit on the SDUHSD transcript only if the school is WASC or UC approved or on the SDUHSD-approved list of unaccredited language programs for the current school year. 

It is strongly recommended that college-bound students who are interested in taking an off-campus language course from a private school, contact the college campus that they are interested in attending to determine if the course will be accepted as fulfilling the entrance requirements for that campus.

Unaccredited schools are reviewed and approved annually between February and March for the following school year. Questions from unaccredited schools may be directed to Educational Services at the SDUHSD District Office.