Graduation Requirements

The O'Farrell High School Graduation Requirements




The O’Farrell Charter School (OCS) students in grades 9-12 must attend 8 consecutive semesters.


Grade Point Average

OCS students must maintain a cumulative weighted grade-point average (WGPA) of 2.0 or higher in scholarship, computed on the basis of A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0. The WGPA for graduation is computed from courses completed in grades 9-12. Advanced Placement (AP) courses and designated Honors and Advanced courses earn credit on a weighted or five-point scale: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 1, F = 0.  



OCS students must maintain a record of responsible citizenship. To participate in graduation ceremonies, students must meet a minimum standard of a 2.0 average in citizenship grades during senior year. The citizenship GPA is computed on a scale of E (excellent) = 4, G (good) = 3, S (satisfactory) = 2, N (needs improvement) = 1, U (unsatisfactory) = 0.


Senior Exhibition

OCS students in grade 12 are required to present a senior exhibition to a committee composed of OCS staff, a member of the community, and a parent or guardian.


Community Service

Each OCS student will be required to complete the following in order to meet their community service requirement:

  1. The student must actively participate in their homebase's community service project each year at OCS or complete a project approved by the principal.
  2. Complete an individual community service project approved by the student’s homebase teacher.


Computer Literacy

OCS students must demonstrate proficiency in the completion of a computer education course or completion of an approved course that incorporates computer education and computer applications.  A test may be used for grades 9-12 when a course is not accessible or possible.


Requirements by Subject Area

OCS students must complete a minimum of 44 semester credits, as specified below. Students are expected to meet California standards in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, visual/performing arts, and physical education, as well as the UC/CSU "A-G" course requirements. Students who become credit deficient must enroll in summer school to earn missed credits.


History/Social Sciences: 3 years (6 semester credits)

Grade 9 or 10: one year of world history and geography or advanced alternative; grade 11: one year of U.S. history and geography or advanced alternative; grade 12: one semester in government and one semester in economics, or one year in an advanced alternative.


English: 4 years (8 semester credits)

Grade 9: one year; Grade 10: one year; Grades 11 and 12: two years, including one year in a course that emphasizes American literature and one year from a prescribed list of English courses or advanced alternative. English as a Second Language (ESL) may be used to fulfill the eight-semester English requirement.


Mathematics: 3 years (6 semester credits)

One year in Integrated Math 1 (Algebra 1- 2), one year in Integrated Math 2 (Geometry 1-2), and one year in Integrated Math 3 (Intermediate Algebra) or other advanced option as approved by UC “c” subject area.


Science: 3 years (6 semester credits)

One year of life science in Biology or other option in the UC “D” subject area; one year of Physical Science in Physics or Chemistry, or other Laboratory Science course on the UC “d” subject area; and one additional year of science coursework in the UC “d” (laboratory science) or UC “G” (elective) subject areas.


Language other than English (LOTE): 3 years (6 semester credits)

3 years of a LOTE, in which 2 years are of the same LOTE. Students requiring additional academic support courses to meet I.E.P. goals may receive a waiver for one year of the LOTE requirement.


Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year (2 semester credits)

One year in a single UC "f" approved Visual and Performing Arts course.



Additional credits needed to reach a total of 44 credits may be earned by completing additional courses in the above areas and/or elective courses.


General Requirements

Physical Education: Two years (4 credits) required. OCS students must be enrolled in a physical education course in grade 9 and must earn four credits in grades 9-12.


Career/Technical Education Requirement

1 year (2 semester credits) of Career Development in 12th grade.