Academic Planning

A - G Requirements

The “A-G” courses are a sequence of high school courses that students must complete (with a grade of C or better) to be minimally eligible for admission to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU).

Community Service

Volunteer Opportunities are listed online at:
  • Volunteer Match - Search by zip code (area) and keyword
  • OneOC - Clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities and non-profit organization information. Provides daily, weekly, and monthly calendars of volunteer events; also searchable by location
  • ServeNet - Search by zip code (area)
  • County of Orange Volunteer Opportunities - everything from election day poll workers to environmental projects (Note: for many projects you must be age 18)
More opportunities
  • Recycling at Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church - Come and help recycle the 2nd Saturday of every month in the lower church parking lot at 21682 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest, 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. (949)951-8599
  • Eco Surf Volunteers Beach Clean-ups - This volunteer organization stages beach clean-ups throughout the year along our coastline. Check their website for the next scheduled activities.
  • Surfrider Foundation Saturday Beach Clean-ups - Volunteers are needed for Saturday beach clean-ups each month. Bags and gloves are provided. For further information, visit their or call (949) 206-2523.
  • South County Outreach - Call Don Ruff, Volunteer Coordinator at (949) 380-8144, ext. 206 to check on volunteer opportunities. SC Outreach is located at 26776 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank - Numerous opportunities are available to assist with feeding the hungry in Orange County. Sorting and labeling is an easy way to start. Kids of all ages can plant seeds, pick weeds, and harvest at the Incredible Edible Park in Irvine. Check the organization's website for information.
  • South County Safe Rides (SCSR) - Non-profit organization, sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America and based out of Mission Hospital, that provides a safe and confidential ride home to youth in need.
  • Families Forward - An non-profit community organization dedicated to helping homeless and low-income families in Orange County become self-sufficient.

Course Descriptions

Graduation Requirements

Subject and Unit Requirements

Students need to complete 220 units of credit from coursework listed below:

Subject (Units Needed) Course(s) within subjectGrade Level(s)Course Units
EnglishEnglish 1910
(40)English 21010
English 31110
English 41210
Social ScienceWorld History1010
(30)United States History1110
Civics/American Government125
MathematicsVarious Math courses9-12Varies
SciencePhysical Science Course(s)9-1210
(30)Biology/Life Science Course(s)9-1210
1 additional Physical or Biology/Life Science Course9-1210
Physical EducationPE Course 1910
(20)PE Course 210-1210
Fine ArtsAny course marked *** in the Course Description available on the SVUSD Guidance website9-12Varies
World Languages
Applied/Tech Arts
Elective CoursesAny course not used to meet the above subject requirements9-12


Total Units
Grades 9-12
Attendance Requirement

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

Grade Point Average Requirement

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

Writing Proficiency

Students must demonstrate grade level writing proficiency on a SVUSD benchmark activity, first attempted at Grade 10.

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.

Study Skills Guide

Below are two different books/guides for parents and students to utilize when wanting to improve study skills.
Helpful Study Skills Websites:

Useful Links

Academic Planning Guides (English and Spanish)

Please visit the Saddleback College Honors Program for more information