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To graduate from LCC, all students must complete at total of 70 elective credits. Each semester elective is 5 credits, while each full year elective course is 10 credits. Once a student completes a core class requirement (ex: 2 years of science) then any additional years taken in that area will count towards the elective requirement. Students may take as many elective classes as their schedule will allow (with the exception of a teacher assistant or office aide position).
IB- International Baccalaureate
La Costa Canyon High School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
To graduate from LCC, all students must earn a passing grade in 30 credits of math and pass Integrated Math I/Algebra I. Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1 taken in middle school will satisfy the requirement but no high school credit will be granted for courses taken at the middle school.
To apply to most four-year colleges, students must earn a "C" or higher in at least Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2 and Integrated Math 3 or Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II and an additional math course may be recommended or required. Middle school course(s) may be used to satisfy college entrance requirements. Students may take as many math courses as their schedule will allow, but prerequisites and department recommendations should be followed.
For an overview of all math coursework, review the SDUHSD Math Pathways and read the course profiles carefully. See the LCC Math Department website for IB (International Baccalaureate) Math Course Pathways.
PE- Physical Education
To graduate from LCC, all students must pass 20 credits of physical education and the State-mandated health curriculum which is integrated into Year One PE, Freshmen Football and Dance.
Students may take as many physical education classes as their schedule will allow. Per district course selection guidelines, no course requests can be made to accommodate athletics or off campus athletic activities. The only way to guarantee that a student will not have a class during a specific period or term is to request a specific unscheduled ("free") period.
To graduate from LCC, all students must earn a passing grade in 10 credits of a Practical Art (Career Technical Education) course. Students may take as many Practical Art classes as their schedule will allow.
Practical Art is not a requirement for UC/CSU entrance.
To graduate from LCC, all students must earn a passing grade in 10 credits of a life science and 10 credits of a physical science.
To be eligible to apply to 4 year colleges, a student must take at least one year of a biological science and one year of a physical science. Two lab sciences are required for entrance for most 4 year colleges. For competitive colleges and universities, it is recommended to take 3 to 4 years of lab science. Check the specific college and university websites for entrance requirements to be sure.
Please see the Science Pathways Chart as well as the information provided.
To from graduate from LCC, all students must earn a grade of "D" or higher in World History (grade 10) , U.S. History (grade 11), and American Government/Economics (grade 12).
To apply to most four-year colleges, students must earn at least a "C" or higher in World History and U.S. History and Government.
Students may take electives at any time, provided that the elective is offered at their grade level.
Visual and Performing Arts
To graduate from LCC, all students must earn a passing grade in 10 credits of a visual art or a performing art.
To apply to most four-year colleges, students must earn at least a "C" or higher in an approved visual or performing art. Students may take as many visual or performing arts as their schedule will allow, but prerequisites and department recommendations must be followed.
It is not required to take a World Language to graduate from LCC.
To apply to most four-year colleges, students must earn a "C" or higher in two years of the same language other than English minimum (three to four years is recommended). Students may take as many world languages as their schedule will allow, but prerequisites and department recommendations should be followed.
Middle school course(s) may be used to satisfy college entrance requirements as long as a student takes a year of language in high school, but no high school credit will be granted for course(s) taken at the middle school.