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Graduation Requirements

Promotion Policy Information

The Pleasanton Unified School District has developed policies and procedures that address promotion and acceleration. Progress toward graduation shall be based on the number of credits earned. The class standing of the student is based on the number of semester credits successfully completed with passing grades of A, B, C, or D. Pupils are classified as follows at the beginning of each semester.

Our ultimate goal is to assist our students to meet graduation requirements. Progress toward graduation is based upon the student’s ability to pass required subjects, electives and proficiency tests. At the comprehensive high school, students must earn a minimum of 230 units to graduate. It is extremely important for students to pass classes so that the student is not credit deficient and their graduation is not placed in jeopardy. Parents and students are encouraged to communicate frequently with counselors and teachers. Grade checks are available from the counseling office on posted dates. Teachers can also be contacted via their voice mail boxes and email addresses.

The minimum number of credits that should be earned at the end of each semester is listed below:

  Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Semester 1 25 credits 80 credits 140 credits 200 credits
Semester 2 50 credits 110 credits 170 credits 230 credits total


PUSD 9-12 Basic High School Graduation Requirements

In order to stay “on track” for graduation, students in high school must earn 30 credits per semester and 60 credits per year. When students fail a semester course, they earn 0 credits and fall behind on the road to graduation. Below please find Pleasanton Unified School District’s graduation requirements.

Subject Requirements
History/Social Studies 3.5 years (35 credits) to include 1 semester Global Studies, 1 year World History, 1 year US History, 1 semester Civics, 1 semester Economics
English 4 years (40 credits)
Math 2 years (20 credits): Algebra I or its equivalent is required
Science 2 years (20 credits) to include 1 Physical Science and 1 Life Science

World Language


Visual & Performing Arts


Career & Technical Education

1 year (10 credits)
Physical Ed. 2 years (20 credits): 1 year must be completed in 9th grade
Health 1 semester (5 credits)
Electives 80 credits
Totals 230 credits (10 credits = 1 year)