From A to G- Intro to A-G High School Graduation Requirements
THE A-G REQUIREMENTS:A COLLEGE READINESSPRIMERDr. Rebecca Josephrjoseph@calstatela.edu
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Grades Academic Rigor (including senioryear) Standardized Test Scores Strong applications Great essays Counselor Reports Extracurricular Activities Teacher Letters of Recommendation Other Unique FeaturesWHAT COLLEGESLOOK FOR IN MATCH STUDENTS
GRADES Grades are the best predictor of how well astudent will do in college. Colleges look for students whodemonstrate Continuous strong performance Upward progression in performance Particular academic strengths Exceeding basic admissions requirements.For example, in California, going beyondthe A-G requirements required by the UCand CSU systems.For top privates, taking advanced classesin and out of high school.
What Are the A-G Requirements The A-G Requirements are a sequence of highschool courses, GPAs, and grades that studentsmust complete to qualify for the Cal State andUC campuses. Starting with the freshman (9th graders) class of2013, LAUSD will now use the A-G requirementsas their graduation requirements. Older classes will be held to LAUSD’s formerrequirements.
A. History/Social Science – 2 years requiredTwo years of history/social science, includingone year of world history, cultures and geography, one year ofU.S. history, or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half yearof civics or American government.B. English – 4 years requiredFour years of college-preparatory English. No more than oneyear of high ESL-type courses can be used to meet thisrequirement.C. Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 yearsrecommended.Algebra 2 is minimum for Cal States and UCs.Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include thetopics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two-and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated mathcourses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, asmay math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades thatyour high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.A-G Requirements
D. Laboratory Science – 2 years required, 3 yearsrecommendedTwo years of laboratory science providing fundamentalknowledge in at least two of these three foundational subjects:biology, chemistry and physics. Advanced laboratory scienceclasses that have biology, chemistry or physics asprerequisites and offer substantial additional material may beused to fulfill this requirement, as may the final two years of anapproved three-year integrated science program that providesrigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundationalsubjects.E. Language Other than English – 2 years required, 3years recommendedTwo years of the same language other than English. Coursesshould emphasize speaking and understanding, and includeinstruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition andculture. Courses in languages other than English taken in theseventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of thisrequirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent toits own courses. Foreign students who receive 800 on SAT IIforeign language or approved AP score can test out oflanguage requirement. One year of sign language at acommunity college also can count.MORE A-G REQUIREMENTS
F. Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) – 1 year requiredA single yearlong approved arts course from a single VPAdiscipline: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art. dance,drama/theater, music or visual art.G. College-Preparatory Electives – 1 year requiredOne year (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f"above, chosen from the following areas: engineering,technology, visual and performing arts (non-introductory levelcourses), history, social science, English, advancedmathematics, laboratory science and language other thanEnglish (a third year in the language used for the "e"requirement or two years of another language).MORE A-G REQUIREMENTS
A-G Requirements All the classes just listed. No Ds or lower in any A-G class. ELLS must pass four years of highschool English. ESL 4 counts as 9thgrade English. Each school has a school specific list ofA-G classes. Check your school or district list: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/app/home;jsessionid=6D7C506FEA511200724822855FEADC49?execution=e1s1
TOO FEW AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINOGRADUATES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A 4-YEARCALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY35%59%41%27% 26%39%29%43%31%41%74%89%83%59%68%0%20%40%60%80%100%All Asian White African-AmericanLatinoHighSchoolGraduationRateHigh School and A-G Graduation Rates by Race/Ethnicity, 2009-10HS GradsNOT MeetingA-GRequirementsHS GradsMeeting A-GRequirements
ACADEMIC RIGORColleges look at How difficult each student’s course load iscompared to academic options offered atschool Whether students keep up rigorous schedulesand/or drop too many core classes as they goup in grades Academic reputation of school Particular strength and exploration inparticular content areasACADEMIC RIGOR
SO… Take the most challenging courses possible while keepinggrades as high as possible. Make a four year plan and make sure all your classescount. Take honors and AP classes in stronger content areas ifplanning to apply to top colleges. Continue to increase rigor in higher grades. Most colleges, including the UCs and Cal States, do notaccept Ds in any A-G classes. Do not drop core content in junior or senior year. Use summers for advancement and enrichment, not justfor fulfilling high school graduation requirements. Understand that colleges will compare student academicchoices to those offered at school. If foreign language is a struggle, consider sign language.One year at community college equals two years for CSUand UCs and many colleges.
NEW UC Admissionspolicies…1. California students are guaranteedadmission if: You rank in the top 9 percent ofCalifornia high school students, according toour 2012 admissions index. To see theindex, http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/freshman/applying-fall-2012/2012-admissions-index/index.html2. You rank in the top 9% of students at yourhigh school. We refer to this as "Eligible inthe Local Context" (ELC).3. You take 11/15 A-G courses before senioryear.
Academic Advancement If you run out of classes at your high school, take classesat your local community colleges. High school studentsget AP credit for these classes. Taking advancedclasses impresses colleges, and they are free (except forfees and books). If you have time, also take communitycollege or state university classes in areas that interestyou such as Psychology or Art History. Consider takingEnglish 101 to enhance your reading and writing skills. Note community colleges are cutting back so sign up asearly as you can or look to take classes at local four yearuniversity. Find other academic programs, such the UC Cosmosprogram for science, to advance, deepen, or expand youracademic interests. For example, here is a list ofprograms for students interested in math.http://www.ams.org/employment/mathcamps.htmlhttp://www.petersons.com/summerop/specnote.asp Free online classes through MIT and Stanford. If you need to retake a class because of a lowgrade, consider Brigham Young online. Please clear lowgrades early. Dont wait until your senior year. Get thisapproved from your school first.http://ce.byu.edu/is/site/courses/highschool.cfm
Making Up Classes Take classes through adult schools. Take classes through summer school. Take classes by adding another class to school yearschedule. Take classes online. Some free or very low cost providers of online classes-Check at your high school.
Validation Validation occurs to help with certain math and foreignlanguage issues. If you’re not sure, check this website. http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/q-and-a/validation/ http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/files/CC11_SatisfyingA-G_final.pdf
It’s Time To Meet CollegesSearch out NACAC College Fairs.NACAC College FairPasadena Convention CenterThursday, April 259-12; 6-9 p.m.Hundreds of colleges and dozens of free workshops.http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/SpringNCF/Pages/default.aspxCash for College and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund do fallconventions. Many of other free workshops are offered around thearea.
SO WHERE DO WE GO FROMHERE?1. UC admissions fact sheetshttp://statfinder.ucop.edu/default.aspx2. New York Times. College admissions articles and new bloghttp://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/3. College Board-SAThttp://www.collegeboard.com5. ACThttp://www.actstudent.org6. My Websitehttp://www.getmetocollege.org/hs7. National Association of College Admissions Counselors(NACAC)http://www.nacacnet.org/StudentResources/CollegePrep/Pages/default.aspx
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