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Graduation Requirements

Earning Credits: High schools issue semester credit (.5) for semester courses. Students who are enrolled in a semester course must remain for the full semester in order to receive semester credit. Generally, students are enrolled in six classes per semester, for a total of 3 credits per semester, or six credits in a year.

Basic SUSD Graduation Requirements

Credits are earned for successful completion of courses taken.


22 credits

4 credits in English
3 credits of social studies
1 credit of PE
.5 credit in health
3 years of science
4 years of math (algebra, geometry, algebra II and an additional course with substantial
math content)
1 credit of fine arts
or  1 credit of career technical education
5.5 elective credit

Class standing
0 - 4.75 = 9th
5 – 10.75 = 10th
11 – 15.75 = 11th
16 or above = 12th


4 units: Composition or Literature

Mathematics 4 units: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced math for which algebra II is a prerequisite
Laboratory Science 3 units: one unit from any three of the following: biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, integrated lab science (may include advanced study in one area)
Social Science 2 units: one unit of American History (US History) and one additional unit from: European/world history, economics, sociology, geography, government, psychology, anthropology
Second Language 2 units: two units of the same language
Fine Arts 1 unit: one unit of fine arts or any combination of two semesters of high school fine arts (e.g. drama, art, mariachi, folklorico, band)

Entrance to Arizona State Universities

The University of Arizona
Assured Admission: Students may earn admission to UA through the Assured Admission process if they are an Arizona resident, attend a regionally accredited high school, rank in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, and have no course work deficiencies* as prescribed by the Arizona Board of Regents.

  • Basic Academic Competency is demonstrated by a student completing all 16 units of required coursework in English, Mathematics, laboratory Science, social Science, Foreign Language and Fine Arts. Student must have a 2.0 overall GPA or higher in each subject area.

Admission by comprehensive review: Students who do not meet the assured admission criteria will be considered for admission holistically. The review process for applicants in this category will include a more comprehensive review. Factors such as class rank, strength of curriculum, performance in curriculum, grade point average in required core academic courses, and ACT and SAT test scores may be considered. Other factors might include leadership, service, and extracurricular activities; personal characteristics, attributes, and talents; and the ability to benefit from and contribute to a diverse and challenging learning environment.

Arizona State University & Northern Arizona University
Arizona residents will be offered admission if they meet the following:

  • 3.0 or higher GPA (this GPA is calculated using only the 16 core courses listed above under the entrance requirements) on a 4.0 scale or
  • 22 ACT or 1040 SAT (Math and Critical Reading Sections Only) composite score or
  • Top 25% class rank
  • And have no deficiencies in the required course requirements

Arizona residents may be conditionally offered admission if they meet the following:

  • 2.5 – 2.99 GPA (this GPA is calculated using only the 16 core courses listed above under the entrance requirements) on a 4.0 scale, or
  • Top 50% class rank
  • And have no more than one deficiency in any two subjects in the course requirements. Students with a combination math/science deficiency are not admissible. Conditionally admitted student may be required to participate in academic assistance programs.

All three state universities will consider your application and a decision will be made when they receive:

  • An official high school transcript. Transcripts are official if sealed in an envelope by your high school counselor or registrar and sent directly from Desert View High School.
  • Scores from either the SAT or ACT (college entrance exams). To submit your scores, indicate the universities of your choice as a score recipient on the test registration form. Scores posted on your high school transcript are also acceptable.
  • Test scores are not required to review your application for admission, but they are required for most scholarships.
  • A $25 non-refundable application fee for all students. Fee waivers are available from your counselor.

Following is the Academic Competency Requirement Checklist that further explains the University Admissions Criteria.

Class Status

Your child's class status is determined by the total number of credits earned by the beginning of each semester. Credits required for the four class levels are as shown in the chart below. Students do not advance to the next class level until they have earned the necessary number of credits.

Freshman Fewer than 5 credits
Sophomore 5 or more, but fewer than 11 credits
Junior 11 or more, but fewer than 16 credits
Senior 16 or more credits

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The grade point average, or GPA, identifies the level of academic achievement at which your child is performing. GPA's are calculated at the end of each semester by averaging the grades in all the high school classes your child has taken to that point. The result of the calculation is expressed according to the following 4-point scale:

A average = 4.0
B average = 3.0 - 3.99
C average = 2.0 - 2.99
D average = 1.0 - 1.99

The GPA determines where a student stands within his or her class. This number becomes especially important when it comes time to apply for scholarships to college. Students must rank in the top 25% of their graduating class or have a 3.0 grade point average for unconditional admission to the state universities.


A transcript is an official record of the classes your child has taken in high school. The grades from December and May, as well as the credits earned for those classes, are recorded on the transcript. The GPA that your child has accumulated by the end of each semester is also recorded on the transcript. This is the official document that is required for scholarships and admissions to post secondary schools. Copies of transcripts must be requested from the school registrar 48 hours in advance.

Tutoring Opportunities

  • All teachers are available for after school tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Many teachers are available on other days as well. As schedules vary, it is important to check with the teacher as to their availability.
  • Additional tutoring opportunities vary from year to year. See your counselor for information.