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Courses from California high schools and online schools used to satisfy the "a-g" subject requirements must be approved by UC and appear on the institution's "a-g" course list. Please use the resources below. 


San Mateo Union High School District students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 170 credits in required courses and 50 additional credits of elective coursework, making a total of 220 credits. Each course passed earns 5 credits. Please see here for specific Hillsdale course titles.  Hillsdale A-G Requirements


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Hillsdale High School

CSU/UC “A-G” Requirements

Social Studies

“A” Requirement

40 Credits:   Modern World History 1-2, Contemporary World Studies, U.S. History 1-2, American Government, Economics

2 years: World History, US History


“B” Requirement

40 Credits:   English 9, English 10, English 11 and English 12


4 years: College Prep English


“C” Requirement

30 Credits: 

Must include Algebra 1


3 years: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2

Lab Science

“D” Requirement

20 Credits: 10 credits in Biological science and 10 credits in physical science.


2 years: Lab Science including physical science and life science


*3 years recommended

World Languages

“E” Requirement

10 Credits

2 years of the same language


*3 years recommended

Visual/Performing Arts

“F” Requirement

10 credits

1 year


“G” Requirement

50 Credits

1 year


10 Credits




20 credits




5 credits



Total Credits

220 Credits



Additional Non-Course Requirements

Passing credit on senior defense

Possible: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests

Calculating GPA 


To calculate your grade point average - add up all the points from your grades and divide by the number of classes you’ve taken.

A = 4 points

B = 3 points

C = 2 points

D = 1 point

F  = 0 points

To calculate your Advisory grade, divide the letter grade you receive in half (for example, if you earned an A, give yourself 2 points).  Now add .5 to the total number of classes you’re dividing by.  If you’re taking six classes you would divide your total points by 6.5 (six classes plus .5 for Advisory)



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