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Graduation Requirements

Crystal Springs Upper School students exceed the University of California A-G requirements by fulfilling the graduation requirements of the Crystal curriculum.

Crystal Graduation Requirements University of California A-G Requirements

4 years of English, one taken each year
  • English I
  • English II
  • English III or (H) English III
  • English IV or (H) English IV

4 years of English Required

3 years of History
(including World History and U.S. History)

  • Comparative Cultures or European History
  • U.S. History or (H) US History
  • One other history course (full year or two semesters)

2 years of History/Social Science required

Including one year of world history, cultures, and geography, and one year of US History or
one-half year of US History and one-half year of Civics or American Government

Through Level III of World Language (with a minimum of two years of consecutive WL taken in high school)
  • Spanish, French or Mandarin I
  • Spanish, French or Mandarin II
  • Spanish, French or Mandarin III
LANGUAGE other than English:

2 years required

3 years recommended

Two years of the same language other than English

Through Level III (at least three years in high school recommended)
  • Math I
  • Math II or Math II Advanced
  • Math III or (H) Math III

3 years required
4 years recommended

3 years of Laboratory Science

Three years of laboratory science in two of these three core disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics


2 years of Laboratory Science required
3 years of Laboratory Science recommended

Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three core disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

2 years of Fine Arts

One full year of UC-approved fine arts

1 year of Visual & Performing Arts required

A single year-long approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: Dance, Drama/Theater, Music, or Visual Art
  • 3 years of Mind/Body
  • College Quest
  • Successful completion of Senior Project

Not applicable

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