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Graduation Requirements and University Admissions


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 credit. Generally, students are enrolled in six classes per semester, plus a period of College and Career Prep, for a total of 3.25 credits per semester, or 6.5 credits in a year.

Basic SUSD Graduation Requirements

Credits are earned for courses that are passed with a grade of D or higher.

  Arizona UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

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 additional credits

English

4 units: Composition or Literature

Mathematics 4 units: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and an 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 or CTE

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)

 

Any unit of CTE or any combination of two semesters in the same CTE program (approved by the Arizona Dept. of Education)

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, as itemized in the table above.

 

Admission by comprehensive review: Students who do not meet the assured admission criteria will be considered through Comprehensive Review. The review process for applicants in this category will include a more comprehensive review. This includes a review of the following:

 

Academic Factors

Every application is reviewed by up to two different reviewers before a final decision is made. Factors such as class rank, strength of curriculum, performance in curriculum, grade point average in required core academic courses, and ACT and/or SAT test scores will be considered for students’ admission, scholarship award, and consideration for the UA Honors College. During the review process students may be asked to provide additional information, such as test scores or 7th semester transcripts. Please note: Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.

Extracurricular Factors

Other factors may include leadership, service, work experience and extracurricular activities; personal characteristics, attributes, and talents; and the ability to benefit from and contribute to a diverse and challenging learning environment.

Optional Statement

The inclusion of an optional short answer, personal narrative or statement to the UA application gives students the opportunity to include unique life experiences and personal achievements in the application.

Arizona State 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 1120 SAT (Math and Critical Reading Sections Only) composite score or
  • Top 25% class rank
  • And have no deficiencies in the required course requirements

Applicants must successfully complete the ASU competency requirement. Admission may be granted with one deficiency in no more than two competency areas. Deficiencies cannot be in both math and laboratory science. Students must earn a minimum 2.00 in any subject area.

Arizona residents may be conditionally offered admission through an Individual Review.  Through this process, Admission Services will review all available information about a student's application, carefully considering all aspects of a student's academic background and accomplishments. Submission of an ACT or SAT test score is highly recommended. In some cases, additional information might be requested.

 

Northern Arizona University

Students will be offered admission with a 3.0 or higher core GPA* and have no deficiencies in the required college preparatory courses.  

They will be considered for admission with a 2.5 core GPA* and no more than one deficiency in any two areas in the college preparatory courses. If you have a combination of a math and lab science deficiency, you are not admissible.

 

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 your 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 no longer 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.

 

Class Status

In order to make academic progress, a student must earn credits and in some cases earn specific credits.  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 First year of high school
Sophomore Second year of high school
Junior 11 credits including 2 years of math, 2 years of science, one year of social studies
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.

Transcripts

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. Transcripts must be requested from the school registrar 48 hours in advance.


Published by admin on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 12:21pm
Last modified on: Wed, 06/28/2017 - 6:26am