Graduation Requirements

This page provides some basic information on High School Graduation Requirements for ETHS and the SVUSD. It is designed to help students and parents navigate successfully through the four years of high school courses leading to a diploma. It is important for students and parents to be familiar with these requirements and to carefully track student progress through each year. Planning ahead can help students maximize their high school education and put themselves in the best position possible for their next steps toward college and career pursuits. Our goal is to prepare students for their future and have them graduate from high school with as many college or career options as possible.

SVUSD Graduation Requirements

Students must complete 220 credits to earn their high school diploma; including subject requirements in English, mathematics, science, social science, world language OR arts, health, and physical education:

Subject (Units Needed)Course(s) within subject Grade Level(s)Course Units
English (40)English 1910
English 21010
English 31110
English 41210
Social Science (30)World History1010
United States History1110
Civics/American Government125
Economics125
Mathematics (30)Various Math courses9-12Varies
Science (30)Physical Science Course(s)9-12Varies
Biology/Life Science Course(s)9-1210
1 additional Physical or Biology/Life Science Course9-1210
Health (5)Health10-125
Physical Education (20)PE Course 1910
Fine Arts

World Languages

Applied/Tech Arts (10)
Any course marked *** in the Course Description Available on the SVUSD Guidance website9-12Varies

Elective Courses (55)Any course not used to meet the above requirements9-12Varies
Total Units
Grade 9-12
(220)

Note: Students earn 5 credits per class with a passing grade of A, B, C or D.
A grade of “F” must be repeated in order to graduate and earn a diploma.

Attendance Requirement

Students need four (4) years of attendance at the senior high school or its equivalent.

Community Service Requirement

Students must submit eight (8) hours of verified community service or equivalent project by the end of the first semester of the student's 12th Grade year.


SVUSD requires all students to complete 8 hours of community service to a non-profit organization in order to graduate. Students have 3 1/2 years to complete their service hours; the form is due to the guidance technicians by the last day of the first semester of their senior year.

Download the form below and take it with you before you start your service. It will need to be signed by your service supervisor as proof that you completed the hours.

Grade Point Average Requirement

Students must earn a total GPA of 1.75 or above to receive a diploma.

High School Planning Guide

The SVUSD High School Planning Guide is given to each student through their grade level guidance lessons throughout the year. Specific dates for presentations and corresponding parent nights can be found on the guidance calendar.

Information in the guide includes, but is not limited to: graduation requirements, a-g (4 year college eligibility requirements), various 4 year college systems (CSU, UC, private/independent schools) community college information, and career planning resources.

Writing Proficiency

Students must demonstrate grade level writing proficiency on a SVUSD benchmark activity, first attempted at Grade 9.

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