Graduation Requirements

Minimum High School Graduation Requirements

Graduation will be authorized by the Board of Education and a diploma will be granted to all students who have earned a minimum of 215 semester units of credit during grades 9-12, and meet Irvine Unified School District diploma requirements.


Note: A course taken for a semester, normally earns five semester units of credit per semester. Most courses at WHS are yearlong courses where students earn 10 credits. For planning purposes, the following guidelines are provided.



Content Area High School Diploma Requirements UC/CSU Minimum Course Requirements

English (may include 10 units of ELD 2)

40 40*


(Must include Math I)


Math III

Science 20 20*

Social Science
Social Science units must include:

30 20*
World Studies [10] [10]*
American History [10] [10]*
American Government [5]  
Economics [5]  
World Language   20*
Fine Arts   10*
World Language, Fine Arts, or CTE (10 units of one or 10 of the other) 10  
Physical Education 20  
Health 5  
Electives 70  

*UC Approved Courses