The Capistrano Unified School District graduation requirements do not prepare students to enter a selective 4- year college or university immediately after high school. The CUSD math requirement is the completion of 2 years of high school math, the passage of Algebra I with a D.

To get into a 4- year college or university a student needs to:

Complete a minimum of 3 years of Math (Algebra I - Geometry - Algebra II) passing with the minimum of a "C", and 

Complete all A - G course work:

(“a”)  History/social science – Two years, including one year of world history, cultures and historical geography and one year of U.S. history, or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of  American government or civics.

(“b”)  English – Four years of college preparatory English that integrates reading of classic and modern literature, frequent and regular writing, and practice listening and speaking.

(“c”)  Mathematics  –Three years of college-preparatory math, including or integrating the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.

(“d”) Laboratory science – Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

(“e”) Language other than English  – Two years of the same language other than English or equivalent to the second level of high school instruction.

(“f”)  Visual and performing arts – One year chosen from dance, music, theater or the visual arts.

(“g”) College-preparatory elective  – One year chosen from the “a-f” courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely in the elective area.


Compare CUSD Graduation Requirements to Other Districts in Orange County:




At the May 18, 2016 BOT Meeting Agenda Item #2 - Second Reading Revisions to Board Policy 6146.1 High School Graduation Requirements at page 9

CUSD amended Board Policy 6146.1 Graduation Requirements. Starting with the class of 2020 CUSD will require all students to take a minimum of 3 years high school math and pass Algebra I with a D to graduate.


National Common Core would push Districts to require math all 4- years in High School and require every student to complete Algebra I - Geometry - Algebra II/Trig with a grade of "C" to graduate.



At the March 16, 2016 Board/Superintendent Workshop: High School Graduation Requirements Agenda Item #1 page 1

The State of does not require students to take CCP or Health. The State requires school Districts to teach three sections of Health which many Districts choose to embed in PE. If CUSD dropped CCP as a graduation requirement and imbedded the three required sections of Health into PE, that would give every 9th grade student a full one year block to complete an A-G Course. A-G completion rates would increase as a result.

at page 16:

The three required sections of health are: 

  1. HIV/AIDS/Venereal Disease/Parental Care
  2. Tobacco/Drug Prevention
  3. Personal/Public Safety/ Accident Prevention

CALL TO ACTION FOR PARENTS: Push to Eliminate CCP and incorporate Health requirements into PE so that students get one additional year long block to complete an A-G course.



At the March 16, 2016 Board/Superintendent Workshop: High School Graduation Requirements Agenda Item #1 

at page 34

Comprehensive Guidance Plan Documents 

CUSD is only one of two districts (CUSD & Santa Ana) that makes CCP/Health a graduation requirement. CUSD has never provided any explanation as to why CUSD would choose to keep CCP as a graduation requirement when it makes it so hard for students to complete A-G coursework without taking summer school. One explanation could be student data mining. In 2014-15 CUSD implemented a four year plan to imbed Naviance into CCP. Naviance, once a program designed to help Juniors and Seniors get int college by helping with