College Readiness and Career Planning

Class of 2020 and beyond (current 8th grade class)

Did you know that SDUSD has aligned itself with the UC/CSU 'a-g' minimum credit requirments to allow students a greater opportunity to be prepared for college? The high school class of 2019 will be required to obtain 44 credits in any SDUSD high school. These credits shall be obtained through the following high school subjects:

Minimum needed to graduate: 44 high school credits.

Core UC 'a-g' Course Requirements

  1. 6 credits (3 years) History/Social Science
  2. 8 credits (4 years) English
  3. 6 credits (3 years) Mathematics
    • Integrated Math I
    • Integrated Math II
    • Integrated Math or advanced mathematics course
  4. 6 credits (3 years) Science
  5. 4 credits (2 years) Language Other Than English (World Language)
  6. 2 credits (1 year), UC "f" -approved Visual and Performing Arts
  7. The required UC 'g' elective is fulfilled by satisfying the district's requirement for a third year of science. No additional college prep elective is required for graduation.

Total: 32 credits

Additional Requirements

  • 4 credits (2 years) Physical Education (Fitnessgram required). Students who do not pass five out of six Healthy Fitness Zones on the Fitnessgram must enroll in physical education courses until an overall passing score is obtained.
  • 8 credits (4 years) electives

Total: 12 credits

Total of 44 Credits

Resource Links

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"Getting what you want starts with knowing who you are!"

Making decisions about careers may seem like a long way off, however it is important to start thinking and planning early. In middle school, we focus on introducing students to career choices and provide experiences for students to think about how their interests and school subjects relate to what they may like to do in a future career. The career curriculum and the college awareness is delivered through the following activities:

  • Classroom guidance lessons/Advisory lessons on career exploration
  • Classroom guidance and small group presentations on college options
  • Field trips to local area colleges
  • Lunch time activities that introduce and encourage the college option

Resource Links

For Online Career Inventories and College Explorations

CaliforniaCareer Planning

O Net

30+ Jobs for Teenagers in 2024 (Where & How To Look) (

How to Talk to Your Teenabout a Future Career //

Career Exploration

Career Zone

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