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Graduation Requirements

Academic Courses

 
Vistamar students are expected to carry a minimum of five regular credits during each school term. The requirement for the Vistamar diploma is the equivalent of 21 full year courses, which must include the 15 courses meeting the minimum requirements for entry to the University of California system.  Beyond the UC-prescribed courses, Vistamar students must take a full year of modular science and a full year of Global Studies in grade nine, and an extra year of foreign language. Participation in a grade-level seminar each year is also required.  

Course Distribution Requirements


Subject
Vistamar Diploma Requirements
UC Minimum Requirements
Notes
Group A:
History/Social Studies

3
2
including 1 year of US History and grade 9 Global Studies
Group B:
English

4
4
not including journalism or student publications
Group C:
Mathematics

3
3
through Algebra II (Math 3) at minimum; 4 years recommended
Group D:
Laboratory Science

3
2
including grade 9 Modular Science
Group E:
Language other than English

3
2
in a single language (including heritage language study for non-native English speakers)
Group F:
Visual or Performing Arts

1
1
in a single artistic or performance  medium
Group G:
College Preparatory Electives

1
1
can be any approved course from groups A through F on the UC approved list
Vistamar:
Other Electives

2
NA
any combination of courses; must include one short course in Information Management
Vistamar:
Exploratory

(1/6 credit/year)
NA
meets weekly 
Totals
21
15













































Other Diploma Requirements


Students must meet the following additional requirements to qualify for the Vistamar diploma:
  • Maintain a healthy level of physical activity by playing on a Vistamar sports team, participating in an approved off-campus fitness activity, or successfully completing an on-campus fitness course 9 out of 12 trimesters.
  • Pass an oral proficiency test in a second language at the Intermediate-Mid level based on standards established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Complete a Senior Project that meets established standards.
  • Complete all registered courses in the senior year with a passing grade and receive passing grades in all classes for the final trimester in the senior year.
  • Maintain a record of good conduct and citizenship throughout the term of enrollment at Vistamar


Transfer Students


Transcripts of students transferring to Vistamar at grade 10 or above will be evaluated on an individual basis. Credit will be awarded for each course that is reasonably comparable to a Vistamar course and in which the student has earned a grade of “C” or higher.


Vistamar School is a private independent high school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles
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