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Graduation / College Requirements

Students, assisted by parents and counselors, should be extremely careful to choose their courses so as to fulfill the entrance requirements for colleges they wish to attend.  You should be further aware that certain colleges have special requirements in addition to general requirements.

Completion of the following general requirements with a "B" average will prepare for enrollment at most four-year colleges or universities.

UC Admissions / CSU Admissions

JSHS Graduation

UC Entrance

CSU Entrance

 4 years English 4 years English 4 years English
 3 years Math 3 years Math
 4 years recommended
 3 years Math
 1 year World History I
 1 year US History
 1 semester Government
 1 semester Economics
 2 years of History/
 Social  Science
 2 years History/Social Science

1 year Biology
1 year Chemistry
1 additional year of Science

 2 years Lab Science
 3 years recommended
 2 years Lab Science
 2 years World Language 2 years World Language
 3 years recommended
 2 years World Language
 1 year Visual/ Performing Arts (VPA) 1 year Visual/
 Performing Arts (VPA)
 1 year Visual/
Performing Arts (VPA)
 3.5 years Theology  
 3.5 years Electives 1 year Elective 1 year Elective
 1 semester PE/Health  (sophomore year)
 1 semester Upper Division PE
 80 hours of Christian Service
(20 hours/year) 


Junipero Serra High School Course Progression








English 1-2 or
Honors English 1-2

English 3-4 or
Honors English 3-4

Junior English or
AP English Language

Sr. Lit/Comp. or
AP English Literature


Math #

Algebra 1 or
Honors Algebra 1

Geometry or
Honors Geometry

Algebra 2 or
Honors Algebra 2/Trig

Honors Pre-Calc or
Math Elective

AP Calculus AB or
AP Calculus BC

Social Studies

World History I or
Honors Wld History 1

Elective:World History II*,
 History* or Honors World History II

US History or
AP US History

Government* and Economics* or
AP Government


Science #

Discovering Science,
Biology or
Honors Biology

Honors Biology or
Chem Com, Chemistry,
Honors Chemistry

Chem Com, Chemistry,
Honors Chemistry,
Environmental Science, Advanced Biology, Physics,
AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2
AP Biology, or
AP Physics

See Junior year offerings

AP Chemistry
(Notre Dame)


Theology 1

Theology 2*

Theology 3A/3B

Theology 4A/4B



World Language &

World Language 1-2

World Language 3-4
(or Honors Spanish 3-4)

3rd year Language
(or Honors Spanish 5-6)

4th year Language,
AP Spanish, AP Mandarin


Performing Arts

(optional, available
all four years)

Any VPA Elective
(one year required)
Music classes plus: Basic Art, Ceramics, Advanced Art, (requires Basic Art), Films Theory and Production, Architectural Design




(one semester required)

PE*or PE Athletics*
(one semester upper division required)


All courses are year-long except those noted with an *
# Student initial placement in Math and Science for incoming freshmen is based upon their academic preparation.
& Languages offered: Spanish, French, German, Mandarin

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