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Course Planning

Suggested Schedules for High School Completion

  • CORE's graduation requirements require that students complete a minimum of 220 high school units, with a minimum amount of units completed within the subject areas. Below is a suggested example of course schedule. The left column fulfills CORE's minimum requirements for high school graduation and the right column shows the admission requirements for the University of California or California State University. Students may want to pursue a vocational path, in which case she or he would incorporate electives that are in their field of interest, Regional Occupational Program (ROP) courses, Career Technical Education (CTE) courses, Work Experience, etc.
  • Students are always encouraged to begin taking community college courses concurrently with their high school courses, either fulfilling high school graduation requirements or as electives.
Course planning
Course planning

Graduation Requirements

  • In order to graduate, students at CORE will have successfully completed the following course requirements. Within these requirements, CORE offers many different course options. Download the High School Catalog (link to catalog) for more information. University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) admissions requirements are listed alongside CORE's graduation requirements in order to facilitate course planning.
  • Many colleges and universities follow the UC/CSU system's lead for admission requirements. For more information, consult individual colleges.


  • Students wishing to have an equivalent to a high school diploma have two options available to them: the General Education Development exam and the California High School Proficiency exam.
  • Our Charter School is a California public school and a state-certified diploma will be issued upon completion of graduation requirements. College preparatory and general courses are available.
  • The GED offers a diploma alternative for students.
    There are, of course, pros and cons
The eligibility requirements are as follows:
    • The individual is 18 years of age or older, or within 60 days of his or her 18th birthday (regardless of school enrollment status).
    • The individual must be within 60 days of when he or she would have graduated from high school had he or she remained in school and followed the usual course of study (please note that examinees testing under this criteria may not be enrolled in school).
    • The individual is 17 years of age, has been out of school for at least 60 consecutive school days, and provides a letter of request for the test from the military, a post-secondary educational institution or a prospective employer.
    • The individual is 17 years of age and is incarcerated in a California state or county correctional facility; persons testing under these conditions must meet all of the following criteria:
    • The examinee does not have a realistic chance of completing the requirements for a high school diploma.
    • The examinee has adequate academic skills to successfully complete the GED test battery.
    • The examinee understands the options available regarding acquisition of a high school diploma, the high school equivalency certificate or the high school proficiency certificate, and the requirements, expectations, benefits and limitations of each option.
    • The examinee has sufficient commitment time left to complete the entire GED test battery; however, if released before the test is completed, the examinee may complete testing at an authorized testing center.
  • Persons who pass the GED test at age 17 will not receive the equivalency certificate until their 18th birthday; a letter of intent is issued which states that the certificate is being held pending the examinee's 18th birthday.
  • For more information, on the GED, please visit their official website.
  • The California High School Proficiency Examination is the equivalent to a high school diploma. The exam is open to anyone 16 or older, whether enrolled in school or not. Those under 16 may take the CHSPE if they have completed the tenth grade or are enrolled in the second semester of tenth grade. Some students who pass the CHSPE continue to attend high school. Anyone under 18 who passes the exam must have parental permission in order to leave school before regular graduation. For more information, visit the California High School Proficiency Examination site ( or call (916) 657-5216.