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Four-Year Planning

Building a four-year plan

Students and parents can be overwhelmed by the complexity of writing a high school plan. It is a daunting task. There are so many things to consider and so many unknowns. One thing that makes the four-year high school plan complicated is that many of you are really doing two things at the same time:

1. Completing high school graduation requirements

2. Completing college entrance requirements.  


Click here to view a quick comparison of the two sets of requirements. 


Click here to draft a four-year plan toward high school graduation and college eligibility (fill in your course work with a pencil or edit on the computer and save for future reference.)


For a closer look and more specific planning, view the sections below.

High School Graduation Requirements

There are three things that you have to do to complete the high school graduation requirements:            

1. Earn 220 credits in the required subject areas.                        

2. Complete specific courses (passing means a grade of D or higher).            

a. Click here for the list of high school requirements.            

College Eligibility Requirements ("Subjects A-G")

There are three things that you have to do to meet the minimum eligibility requirements for entrance into most four-year colleges (I will use the UC/CSU requirements):            

1. Take a college entrance test(s). Most colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT.            

a. The SAT            

b. The ACT with Writing            

c. Subject Test – No longer required by the UC’s. Students may submit scores to showcase academic mastery. Competitive majors on some campuses may recommend particular SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate proficiency.            

2. Earn a qualifying GPA. This varies from college to college.            

3. Complete specific courses (pass with a grade of C or higher).            

a. Click here  for a list of college requirements.  

Elective requirements

Listed below are the Elective Requirements:

Students are required to take 6 elective classes for graduation. An elective class is any class taken beyond the required amount of credit necessary for high school graduation in any of the subject areas.



Subject G = College Prep Elective – 1 year required

One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in a-f list, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the e requirement or two years of another language) (Quoted from the University of California).

NOTE: There are two business classes (Law and International Business) offered at Cupertino that fall into this “g” College Prep Elective category. 

Click on link for more information about all of Cupertino's classes on the UC/CSU approved course list.