Rising to Your Highest Potential: The A-G Requirements


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I presented this to 350 juniors at the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts High School in LAUSD. They must still voluntarily complete the A-G requirements required for admissions to the UCs and CSUs. This presentation demonstrates the importance of not only completing these requirements but also in rising to their highest potential in this prime year of high school.

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Rising to Your Highest Potential: The A-G Requirements

  1. 1. THE A-G REQUIREMENTS: A COLLEGE READINESS PRIMER Dr. Rebecca Joseph rjoseph@calstatela.edu
  2. 2. TO LEARN MORE       Email  rjoseph@calstatela.edu Phone  323-646-5759 Facebook  Getmetocollege Freeadvice Iphone,iPad,Google application  All College Application Essays Twitter  @getmetocollege Website  getmetocollege.org/hs (focus on first generation and under-represented students)
  3. 3. WHAT COLLEGES LOOK FOR IN MATCH STUDENTS  Grades  Academic Rigor (including senior year)  Standardized Test Scores  Strong applications  Great essays  Counselor Reports  Extracurricular Activities  Teacher Letters of Recommendation  Other Unique Features
  4. 4. GRADES Grades are the best predictor of how well a student will do in college.  Colleges look for students who demonstrate  Continuous strong performance  Upward progression in performance  Particular academic strengths  Exceeding basic admissions requirements. For example, in California, going beyond the A-G requirements required by the UC and CSU systems. For top privates, taking advanced classes in and out of high school. 
  5. 5. What Are the A-G Requirements    The A-G Requirements are a sequence of 15 high school courses, GPAs, and grades that students must complete to qualify for the Cal State and UC campuses. Starting with the freshman (9th graders) class of 2013, LAUSD will now use the A-G requirements as their graduation requirements. Older classes will be held to LAUSD’s former requirements.
  6. 6. A-G Requirements A. History/Social Science – 2 years required Two years of history/social science, including one year of world history, cultures and geography, one year of U.S. history, or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government. B. English – 4 years required Four years of college-preparatory English. No more than one year of high ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement. C. Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 years recommended. Algebra 2 is minimum for Cal States and UCs. Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and twoand three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.
  7. 7. MORE A-G REQUIREMENTS D. Laboratory Science – 2 years required, 3 years recommended Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry and physics. Advanced laboratory science classes that have biology, chemistry or physics as prerequisites and offer substantial additional material may be used to fulfill this requirement, as may the final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects. E. Language Other than English – 2 years required, 3 years recommended Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. Courses in languages other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses. Foreign students who receive 800 on SAT II foreign language or approved AP score can test out of language requirement. One year of sign language at a community college also can count.
  8. 8. MORE A-G REQUIREMENTS F. Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) – 1 year required A single yearlong approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art. dance, drama/theater, music or visual art. G. College-Preparatory Electives – 1 year required One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f" above, chosen from the following areas: engineering, technology, visual and performing arts (nonintroductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the "e" requirement or two years of another language).
  9. 9. A-G Requirements       15 minimum courses to be eligible to go to a four year university right after high school and review the following points: Students must receive a C or better in order for those courses to count. THIS MEANS Ds DO NOT COUNT. ELLS must pass four years of high school English. ESL 4 counts as 9th grade English. Each school has a school specific list of A-G classes. Here is official list for your school https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/app/home;jsessi onid=278FA72B91F799DA86B1553A219B51F 5?execution=e1s7
  10. 10. Turning A-G Into CSU/UC Readiness • GPA requirement for UC (3.0) and CSU (2.0) • AP/Honors/CC courses give an extra GPA point • For UC, students must complete 11 out of the required A-G 15 courses must be completed by the end of their junior year (really time your application is submitted)
  11. 11. TOO FEW AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO GRADUATES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A 4-YEAR CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY High School Graduation Rate 100% 80% 60% High School and A-G Graduation Rates by Race/Ethnicity, 200910 89% 83% 74% 29% 68% 59% 43% 39% 31% 40% 41% 59% 20% 41% 35% 27% 26% AfricanAmerican Latino 0% All Asian White HS Grads NOT Meeting A-G Requirements HS Grads Meeting A-G Requirements
  12. 12. ACADEMIC RIGOR ACADEMIC RIGOR Colleges look at  How difficult each student’s course load is compared to academic options offered at school  Whether students keep up rigorous schedules and/or drop too many core classes as they go up in grades  Academic reputation of school  Particular strength and exploration in particular content areas
  13. 13. SO…          Take the most challenging courses possible while keeping grades as high as possible. Make a four year plan and make sure all your classes count. Take honors and AP classes in stronger content areas if planning to apply to top colleges. Continue to increase rigor in higher grades. Most colleges, including the UCs and Cal States, do not accept Ds in any A-G classes. Do not drop core content in junior or senior year. Use summers for advancement and enrichment, not just for fulfilling high school graduation requirements. Understand that colleges will compare student academic choices to those offered at school. If foreign language is a struggle, consider sign language. One year at community college equals two years for CSU and UCs and many colleges.
  14. 14. NEW UC Admissions policies… 1. California students are guaranteed admission if: You rank in the top 9 percent of California high school students, according to our To see the index, http://admission.universityofcalifornia.e du/freshman/california-residents/admissionsindex/index.html 2. You rank in the top 9% of students at your high school. We refer to this as "Eligible in the Local Context" (ELC).
  15. 15. Academic Advancement If you run out of classes at your high school, take classes at your local community colleges. High school students get AP credit for these classes. Taking advanced classes impresses colleges, and they are free (except for fees and books). If you have time, also take community college or state university classes in areas that interest you such as Psychology or Art History. Consider taking English 101 to enhance your reading and writing skills.  Note community colleges are cutting back so sign up as early as you can or look to take classes at local four year university.  Find other academic programs, such the California State Summer School for the Arts or Otis’s Summer Art Progra http://www.csssa.org/ http://www.otis.edu/summer-art Free online classes through MIT and Stanford.  If you need to retake a class because of a low grade, consider Brigham Young online or National Virtual University High School Please clear low grades early. Don't wait until your senior year. Get this approved from your school first. http://ce.byu.edu/is/site/courses/highschool.cfm http://www.nuvhs.org/ 
  16. 16. UC A-G Guide http://www.ucop.edu/agguide/
  17. 17. Making Up Classes      Take classes through adult schools. Take classes through summer school. Take classes by adding another class to school year schedule. Take classes online. Some free or very low cost providers of online classesCheck at your high school.
  18. 18. Validation  Validation occurs to help with certain math and foreign language issues.  If you’re not sure, check this website. http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/qand-a/validation/ http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/files/ CC11_SatisfyingA-G_final.pdf  
  19. 19. Validation
  20. 20. Sample Transcript http://collegetools.berkeley.edu/popups /transcript_mrkd.htm
  21. 21. SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? 1. UC admissions fact sheets http://www.ucop.edu/news/studstaff.html 2. College Board-SAT http://www.collegeboard.com 3. ACT http://www.actstudent.org 4. My Website http://www.getmetocollege.org/hs 5. National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) http://www.nacacnet.org/StudentResources/CollegePrep/Page s/default.aspx
  23. 23. TO LEARN MORE       Email  rjoseph@calstatela.edu Phone  323-646-5759 Facebook  Getmetocollege Freeadvice Iphone/Ipad/Google application  All College Application Essays Twitter  @getmetocollege Website  getmetocollege.org/hs (focus on first generation and under-represented students)