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OVERVIEW OF GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
 
In order to qualify for a diploma from Torrance High School (THS), each student must meet the following district and state requirements:
 
COURSEWORK
Complete 220 semester credits of classroom or supervised activities in grades 9-12 with passing grades (D- or better). Satisfactory attendance and good citizenship are reflected in academic grades and credits completed. The following subject matter requirements must be met in grades 9-12 with passing grades:
 
ENGLISH (40 SEMESTER CREDITS)
English 9          10 Semester Credits
English 10        10 Semester Credits
English 11        10 Semester Credits
English 12        10 Semester Credits
 
(ELD classes and basic reading classes count for English credit.)
 
SOCIAL STUDIES (30 SEMESTER CREDITS IN GRADES 10-12)
10th Grade - World History/10 Semester Credits
11th Grade - U.S. History/ 10 Semester Credits
12th Grade – US Government/ 5 Semester Credits
12th Grade - Economics/ 5 Semester Credits
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (20 SEMESTER CREDITS)
9th Grade/ 10 Semester Credits
10th Grade/ 10 Semester Credits
 
SCIENCE (20 SEMESTER CREDITS)
One year of a life science/ 10 Semester Credits
One year of a physical science/ 10 Semester Credits
 
MATHEMATICS (20 SEMESTER CREDITS)
Two years of Math completed and one or more classes must meet or exceed the rigor of Algebra I in order to receive a diploma (per California Ed Code Section 51220, 51224 and 51225).
 
HEALTH (5 SEMESTER CREDITS IN GRADE 9) 
FINE ART or FOREIGN LANGUAGE (10 CREDITS)
ELECTIVE REQUIREMENT (75 CREDITS)
 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING GRADUATION
  
CITIZENSHIP
THS students must earn 6 composite satisfactory of excellent citizenship marks as a condition of high school graduation.
 

 
GENERAL COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
 
Parents and students should understand that the colleges and universities, not the high school, dictate the entrance requirements. These requirements are not uniform; they differ from one institution to another.
 
Early in their high school careers, students should plan their courses to include all requirements. The THS Counselors are available to help you make informed decisions on a selection of schools.
 
 

COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Eligibility for California public community colleges is as follows: Any person who has graduated from high school or who is 18 years of age or older may be admitted to California public community colleges.

For more information:
 
 

 
TRADE SCHOOL AND ARMED SERVICE(S) REQUIREMENTS
 
A. Students should plan to take as many skill subjects as possible in an area chosen and show completion by receiving a high school diploma.
 
B. Specialized fields frequently require two years of college. Community Colleges will meet this requirement. Interested students should visit the College and CareerCenter in A105.
 

  
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITIES
 
Subject requirements for the CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM are as follows: (NOTE: All subjects must be completed with a “C” or better.) These are minimum requirements; however, competitive state colleges will recommend higher levels in each category.
  1. ENGLISH - four years or eight semesters of college preparatory English with a grade of "C" or better.
  2. MATHEMATICS - A minimum of three years of college preparatory mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II) with a minimum grade of "C" or better. (Four years are recommended and certain majors may recommend more math.)
  3. UNITED STATES HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCE - Two years.
  4. SCIENCE - Two years of laboratory science: one year biological (Biology) and one year physical, including: Physical Science of the Earth, Chemistry, and Physics.
  5. FOREIGN LANGUAGES - Two years of the same language or demonstrated equivalent competency in a foreign language.
  6. VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS - One year.
  7. ELECTIVES - One year of courses selected from English, Advanced Mathematics, Social Studies, History, Laboratory Science, Agriculture, Foreign Language, and the Visual, Practical and Performing Arts.
SCHOLARSHIP AND TEST REQUIREMENTS
  1. Admission to California State Universities is based on a formula which utilizes the high school grade point average (GPA) and the scores on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Note that these requirements may vary year to year depending on the California State Universities’ Policy.
  2. Students with a GPA of 3.00 or above are usually assured of admission regardless of test scores. Students with 2.99 – 2.0 GPA must attain a corresponding SAT/ACT score. Please see the CSU eligibility index.
  3. The GPA is computed using subjects taken in grades 10-12, with the exception of physical education or other courses used to fulfill the physical education requirements.
  4. To encourage students to take demanding advanced academic courses, the university will upgrade the grade point values for no more than eight semesters of UC certified honors or advanced placement courses taken in grade 11 and 12 to a scale of A=5, B=4, and C=3.
APPLYING TO A CSU CAMPUS
  • CSU applications become available on October 1st.
  • Applications can be submitted between October 1 – November 30.
  • Apply online at www.csumentor.edu
HELPFUL RESOURCES
 
  

 
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AND SIMILAR UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES
 
Torrance High School has an "A-G" course list certified by the University of California. Students should refer to this annually approved course list when choosing college-preparatory classes for scheduling.
 
The minimum entrance requirements for the University of California are described in the following paragraphs. Most campuses in the University of California system currently require more than minimum entrance qualifications due to an impacted system. (NOTE: All subjects must be completed with a “C” or better.)
 
A-G SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION BASED ON GRADES 9-12
  1. Two years of History/Social Science, including one year of U.S. History or one half year of U.S. History and one half year of Civics or American Government; and one year of World History, Cultures and Geography.
  2. Four years of college preparatory English courses which meet the University of California requirements in English. For approved TorranceHigh School courses please refer to A-G course list.
  3. Three years of Mathematics required, four years recommended, consisting of a minimum of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.
  4. Two years of laboratory science: one year biological (Biology) and one year physical, including: Chemistry and Physics. PHYSCIAL SCIENCE OF THE EARTH IS NOT INCLUDED. One year of laboratory science in the ninth grade may be used to meet this requirement.
  5. Two years of Foreign Language required (in one language), three years is recommended.
  6. One year: Visual and Performing arts.
  7. College Preparatory Electives: one year required in addition to those required in “A-G” above, chosen from the following areas: History, English, Advanced Mathematics, Laboratory Science, Foreign Language, Social Sciences and Advanced Level Visual and Performing Arts.
SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
  1. Students should strive to attain a Grade Point Average of 3.30 or higher in the A through G subjects to be eligible for admission to UC campuses.
  2. Students who attain a grade point average of 3.0 and above are admissible if they achieve specified scores on the SAT or ACT according to the UC eligibility index.
  3. Since the university encourages students to take demanding advanced academic work, they will upgrade the grade point value for no more than eight semesters of certified Honors or Advanced Placement courses taken in grades 10, 11, and 12 to a scale of A=5, B=4, and C=3.
APPLYING TO THE UC’S
  • University of California applications become available October 1st.
  • UC Applications can be submitted between Novermber 1-30.
  • Application deadline is November 30.
HELPFUL RESOURCES
 
 

 
PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES
 
  • Private colleges and universities have their own admissions requirements.
  • Admissions deadlines may vary by institution.
  • Visit the school’s website
HELPFUL RESOURCES/LINKS
 
Association of Independent CA Colleges & Universities -
The Common Application – A free online application used by over 400 colleges and universities.
SENDedu – A free, secure document transfer service used by some schools which allows you to upload and send supporting application documents electronically.
 

 
SPECIAL FACTORS IN COLLEGE ADMISSION
 
Impacted (overcrowded) programs and campuses in the California State University and the University of California systems:
 
The scholarship, test, and subject requirements mentioned in the preceding description represent minimum requirements for entrance to the system and they do not guarantee admission to an impacted campus or major. Certain majors may require high scholarship and test combinations as well as additional subject preparation. Other factors such as quality of courses, essay, etc., may be part of the selection process.  
 
 

HONORS AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT CLASSES

Torrance High School offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement and Honors courses in all subject areas, including English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Foreign Language.

There are many advantages to enrolling in these courses. Students planning to enroll in these courses must clearly understand what is expected of them. Expectations placed upon Honors and AP students will be significantly higher when it comes to the course workload. Because of the heightened demand placed upon Honors and AP students, underlined courses listed below reward students with a “weighted” grade. For example, instead of an “A” constituting 4.0 grade points, an “A” in these courses would count as 5.0 grade points; a “B” would be 4.0, and a “C” 3.0.
 
Please be aware of the strict requirements and prerequisites that come with these courses. For example, there are very specific restrictions on dropping an AP or Honors course after certain points in the school year. Parents and students should both pay particular attention to the prerequisites listed the Course Description Book. Most Honors and AP courses require a grade of “A” or “B” in the previous year’s same-subject course, or an “A” in a non-Honors/AP course. Most courses also require students to have displayed proficiency in this subject area via the previous year’s California Standards Test. Any student enrolled in an Advanced Placement course will be required to take the AP exam in May. Students are expected to make a year-long commitment and put forth the necessary effort in order to be successful. This is precisely why parents and students must weigh all factors involved before choosing to take these courses.
 
We strongly encourage all students to challenge themselves and take their academics seriously. None of the above-mentioned information is meant to discourage you, but simply assist you in making a well-informed decision best suited for your student and family.
 
HONORS (H)
Algebra II Honors
Anatomy/Physiology Honors
Biology Honors
Chemistry Honors
English 9 Honors
English 10 Honors
Geometry Honors
Korean 4 Honors
Korean 5 Honors
Pre-Calculus Honors
Spanish 2 Honors
Spanish 3 Honors
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
AP Biology
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
AP Human Geography
AP Macroeconomics
AP US Government
AP Physics
AP Psychology
AP Spanish Language IV
AP Statistics
AP US History
AP World History 
 
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