Fully understanding A-G means understanding that each student's A-G plan will be different and that any student wanting to earn a four-year college degree should be taking more A-G classes than the minimum of 15. (We recommend that any student wanting to earn a four-year degree should take a minimum of 17-18 A-G classes.)
In order to qualify for admission to any California State University or University of California campus, high school students must pass all of their A-G courses with a C or higher in all 15 of the required A-G courses; however, students who want to be competitive for admission should make sure their grades in their A-G courses match the grades for admission to their highest-level college and/or major. This is especially true at the top CSU and UC campuses and for the most in-demand majors. (For example, students who get into UCLA, Berkeley and Stanford typically take 22 or more A-G classes in high school and earn almost straight A's in the most challenging classes.) To check the list of A-G classes available at a particular high school, click here.
If you need assistance understanding which courses your child should be taking based on their college and career goals, please contact your child's counselor or the Family Engagement Office at FamilyEngagement@sbcusd.k12.ca.us or (909) 880-4057.
If you would like additional information on each A-G subject and how you can help your child, please click on the links below:
How you can help your child with A-G
Subject A: History
Subject B: English
Subject C: Math
Subject D: Science
Subject E: Language other than English
Subject F: Visual and performing arts
Subject G: College preparatory elective
For information about curriculum and instruction for each A-G subject, please visit the Secondary Education website.
Since nearly two-thirds of all jobs in the next 10 years will require at least two years of additional education beyond high school, we highly recommend that all students, regardless of their college or career goal, complete at least the minimum A-G requirements. For the district's graduation requirements and how they compare to the A-G requirements, click here.