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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements


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.   [Beginning with the class of 2016, as part of their elective coursework, students will also be required to complete at least complete at least 10 credits of Career/Technical Education (CTE)]

Students earning a Hillsdale High School diploma must also satisfactorily complete (pass) the Senior Exit Portfolio and Master Project.


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


California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

  • Letter parents of 12th graders regarding the suspension of the CAHSEE graduation requirement(English/Spanish/Chinese)
Graduation Ceremony Participation
Students may ONLY participate in the graduation ceremony if they have successfully completed all credits and courses required for graduation, successfully completed Senior Exit Porfolio and Mastery Project, and have no outstanding bills or fines. Students will not be able to participate in the graduation ceremony if they have not met these requirements even if they will make up courses during the summer or fall of the year of graduation.