Graduation Requirements

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Graduation Requirements

To graduate from high school, Russell Westbrook Why Not? High School (RWWNHS) students must earn a minimum of 210 credits.

The recommended graduation requirements are outlined below.

From 9th to 10th: 50 semester credits
From 10th to 11th: 100 semester credits
From 11th to 12th: 160 semester credits

High school graduation requirements may vary by the school with approval from the LA Promise Fund Schools Committee.

The A-G requirements are the minimum requirements for admission into the California State University (“CSU”) or University of California (“UC”) system.

A. History/Social Science | Credits Required for Graduation: 30 Credits

Two years of history/social science, including:
One year of world history, cultures, and geography (maybe a single yearlong course or two one-semester courses), and one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government.

RWWNHS Course Offerings:
World History
US History
AP US History

B. English | Credits Required for Graduation: 40 Credits

Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent writing, from brainstorming to final paper, as well as reading of classic and modern literature. No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.

(RWWNHS Students may substitute one year of Designated ELD 3A/B or Designated ELD 4A/B for English 9 for credit toward this requirement)

RWWNHS Course Offerings:
Common Core English/Language Arts 9
Common Core English/Language Arts 10
Common Core English 11
Common Core English 12

C. Mathematics | Credits Required for Graduation: 30 Credits

Three years (four years recommended) of college-preparatory mathematics that includes the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement.

RWWNHS Course Offerings:
Integrated Math I
Integrated Math II
Integrated Math III
AP Calculus

D. Laboratory science | Credits Required for Graduation: 20 Credits

Two years (three years recommended) of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry and physics. The final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects may be used to fulfill this requirement.

RWWNHS Course Offerings:
The Living Earth
Chemistry in the Earth System
Physics in the Universe
STEM Elective
Environmental Studies

E. Language other than English | Credits Required for Graduation: 20 Credits

Two years, or equivalent to the 2nd level of high school instruction, of the same language other than English is required.
(Three years/3rd level of high school instruction recommended). Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. American Sign Language and classical languages, such as Latin and Greek, are acceptable.

F. Visual and Performing Arts | Credits Required for Graduation: 20 Credits

One yearlong course of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.

RWWNHS Sample Course Offerings :
Intro to Digital Video
Fundamentals of Mass Media
Fundamentals of Digital Audio Design
Stage Design
Graphic Design
Filmmaking 1
Filmmaking 2
Photography 1
Photography 2
Photography Production
Cartooning and Animation
Fundamentals of Art
Theatre/Play Production

G. College-Preparatory Elective | Credits Required for Graduation: 40 Credits

One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in “a-f” above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory-level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the “e” requirement or two years of another language)

RWWNHS Sample Course Offerings:
Any non-introductory “F” course, additional core class, or world language class

Additional School Requirements | Credits Required for Graduation: 10 Credits

Physical Education

RWWNHS Course Offerings:
PE 9

Graduation Requirements

Transfer Students

Transfer students who have failed required coursework at their former school will be enrolled in credit recovery classes. Transfer students who arrive from schools with less rigorous graduation requirements, and are consequently in danger of not meeting the requirements of LAPCHS#1, may utilize elective periods to fill in the requirement gaps. Counseling staff or the school Principal must clear this coursework for transfer before the credits will be applied toward graduation.

Graduation Requirements for Students with an IEP, 504 Plan, or ILP

A student with an active IEP or 504 Plan is eligible to graduate under the Minimum Graduation Requirements if:

  • The student’s IEP or 504 Plan indicates that the student is scheduled to receive a high school diploma by fulfilling RWWNHS Minimum Graduation Requirements; and
  • The student’s IEP or 504 Plan indicates how the student’s disability or suspected disability adversely impacts the student’s progress towards meeting regular graduation requirements.