SVUSD Graduation Requirements

  • A summary of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District’s graduation requirements are as follows:


      • There are three course plans to accommodate different student needs.


      • These plans include: Plan CR (all students – college and career ready); Plan FB (foreign born students age 15 or older without accessible records); Plan IL (individualized learning plan for students with Individualized Educational Plans, Section 504 Plans, students with exceptional needs or for students whose parents decide to opt-out of the College and Career Ready Plan). All students, regardless of plans, will receive the “same” diploma.


      • Plan FB and IL will be a voluntary option for eligible students. The student along with his/her parent or guardian will have to sign a waiver stating that they understand that an alternate plan will not satisfy UC or CSU requirements, and may limit the student’s opportunities for post- secondary colleges or institutions. Details for the waiver process will be developed with the Sonoma Valley High School Counseling Department.


      • Plan IL2 is reflective of the current graduation requirements at Sonoma Valley High School and Creekside High School with the exception of the deletion of Keyboarding as a graduation requirement and the inclusion of a year of lab science (previously it was a non-lab science).


      • Keyboarding has been replaced by Geography for ninth grade students. This was decided on by the high school staff. Geography is a semester-long course and will be a required course for all ninth grade students but will not be a graduation requirement.


      • Pupils cannot obtain a waiver for year two of Physical Education unless they have passed at least five of the six sections of the Fitnessgram. Under previous law, a student could waive year two of PE regardless of whether she/he passed the Fitnessgram. Currently, the law provides that students must pass five of six sections of the Fitnessgram, to even be considered for a year two waiver.


      • A California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) exemption has been added for students with disabilities. In 2009, the legislature enacted Education Code Section 60852.3 to provide that students with disabilities did not need to pass CAHSEE to receive a high school diploma, if certain conditions are met.


      • In order to obtain a high school diploma, a student must complete the Senior Project, the credits and courses required by the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, and must pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).


    The rationale for changing the graduation requirements is so that ALL students enter ninth grade on a path that leads to college and career readiness – ACCESS and OPPORTUNITY for ALL. We know that some students will need alternative routes– as has always been the case, and these options are provided under this plan.

    SVUSD defines “college” as any type of post-secondary education or training. This may include trade and/or technical schools, military schools, junior colleges, work-based training opportunities or 4-year universities – the options are truly endless and SVUSD students deserve nothing less.