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Sara Leonard Parent Academic Liaison Mira Mesa High School. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS. Graduating at Mira Mesa High. Course Requirements Pass the CAHSEE Senior Exhibition/Portfolio Academic and Citizenship: 2.0 GPA or above. CREDITS:.

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sara leonard parent academic liaison mira mesa high school
Sara Leonard

Parent Academic Liaison

Mira Mesa High School

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

graduating at mira mesa high
Graduating at Mira Mesa High
  • Course Requirements
  • Pass the CAHSEE
  • Senior Exhibition/Portfolio
  • Academic and Citizenship: 2.0 GPA or above
credits
CREDITS:
  • Know that meeting high school graduation requirements does not guarantee acceptance to colleges or universities.
  • To graduate, students must earn a total of 44 semester credits in appropriate areas between grades 9-12.
california high school exit exam cahsee
California High School Exit Exam CAHSEE
  • Issued in 10th grade over two days
  • Tests student proficiency in English and Math
  • Students must pass both portions in order to receive a high school diploma in the state of California
  • 350 is a passing score/380 is a proficient score
  • Students with IEPs receiving special education services can apply for a waiver but must attempt the exam per Federal NCLB requirements
grade point average gpa
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA):
  • An overall 9th – 12th grade GPA of 2.0 or higher is required to graduate. The GPA is computed on the basis of: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.
  • A GPA of 2.0 in both scholarship and citizenship is required for participation in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic athletics.
weighted grade point average
WEIGHTED GRADE POINT AVERAGE:
  • Weighted courses receive more points towards a students GPA
  • Only Advanced Placement and some honors courses will be given a weighted GPA for high school graduation
  • AP students are no longer required to take the AP exam to receive a weighted grade
senior portfolio
SENIOR PORTFOLIO:
  • San Diego Unified School District requires students complete a senior portfolio as a graduation requirement.
  • Detailed information about senior portfolio requirements can be found on the school website.
  • Students have multiple options to meet this mandated requirement.
option community service
OPTION: COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • Community service requirements for college admissions should be carefully reviewed.
  • It is not a requirement for high school graduation, but it is highly recommended for acceptance into many colleges and universities.
option diploma with academic distinction
OPTION: DIPLOMA WITH ACADEMIC DISTINCTION
  • Option 1: Student must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all courses taken in grades 10, 11, and the first semester of grade 12.
  • Option 2: Student must meet the following three requirements:
    • 1. Grades 9-12: 2 years of Science and Foreign Language. Requirements may be met prior to grade 9 if courses are equivalent to those offered in grades 9-12.
    • 2. Grades 10-12: 14 semester credits with grades A or B in specific selected courses.
    • 3. Four of the required 14 semester credits must be earned in grade 12.
other college requirements
“Other” College Requirements:
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT
  • UC, State and private colleges or universities have varying entrance requirements
  • Students can take tests multiple times and schools use the “top” scores
  • Students can take the PSAT in October to get a better sense of what the SAT is like
throughout high school
Throughout High School
  • Communicate with the school and your student
  • Review student transcripts every semester
  • Meet with counselors to discuss missing credits and options of credit recovery
  • Encourage students to pass classes the first time since resources will be limited in the coming years for credit recovery options