El Camino Real Charter High School
A-G Requirements
A-G Requirements

College Admission:

To be eligible for admission to a four-year university, students must meet subject requirements.  These requirements represent the minimum academic standards for eligibility.  Meeting the minimum eligibility requirement does not guarantee admission.


College Subject Requirements


Please note that UC’s recommend or require students to complete above and beyond the minimum requirements for admissions.
(A)  2 Years of Social Studies (World History, U.S. History, Government)
(B)  4 Years of English
(C)  3 Years of Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
      4 years recommended
(D)  2 Years of Lab Science (Biology, Chemistry)
      3 years recommended
(E)  2 Years of Foreign Language
      3 years recommended
(F)  1 Year of Visual/Performing Art
(G)  1 Year of Electives from any category (A-F)

Information about online classes

  • You cannot just take a class online without it being on the approved UC Doorways to meet college entrance requirements
  • You can check A-G Course List to see if your class is an approved course from an approved program by typing in “online” on the search engine
  • Not all classes are UC approved even though the program/school may be approved; You must check the individual classes
  • Community College online Lab Science “D” classes are now approved for UC/CSU but the class must include a “wet” lab
  • You cannot take an online high school science class without a “wet lab”; most high school science classes are still not approved but it is up to you to check
  • No Visual Performing Arts (VPA) “F” class is approved online
  • Remember that these online classes/programs/schools may be approved for UC/CSU but not for NCAA
  • Please contact the school/program for availability and the cost of the class/program

How to calculate the GPA

Calculating GPAs Handout

This weighted GPA is important because it is used to establish class rank that is reported to private and some public out-of- state colleges.


A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, Fail=0

A=5, B=4, C=3, D=0 Fail=0 (AP classes only)

What’s Included:

All classes taken 9th, 10th, 11th, & first half of 12th grades.


Only AP classes; no honors courses

Method of Computing:

Compute the un-weighted GPA including all classes even those that have been repeated. For AP classes only, use A=5, B=4, C=3



This weighted GPA is used by UC and CSU to establish eligibility and admissions for UC and CSU schools


A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, Fail=0 (regular classes)

A=5, B=4, C=3, D=0, Fail=0 (UC approved Honors, AP, & college classes)

What’s Included:

Only academic (A-G) classes taken after the 9th grade-11th grades.


UC approved Honors, AP, and college level classes in grades 10 & 11 receive an extra point per semester

Method of Computing:

If a class has been repeated after a mark of “D” or Fail”, the second grade is used. Courses may be repeated only once. Students may earn up to eight semesters of honors/AP points. No more than four extra points (2 honors/AP classes) can be used in 10th grade.

What approved honors courses get an extra point on the UC/CSU GPA?

H US History, H American Lit/Cont Comp, H Math Analysis, H Chemistry, H Physiology, H Physics

Online UC/CSU GPA calculator:                https://secure.csumentor.edu/planning/high_school/gpa_calculator.asp


Cal Grant (Financial Aid)

This un-weighted GPA is used to determine eligibility for certain Cal Grants. These are rewards of money given to eligible California residents who continue their education in the State of California.


A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, Fail=0

What’s Included:

All classes taken after the 9th grade except PE/ROTC classes.



Method of Computing:

Compute the un-weighted GPA in 10th and 11th grades. If a class has been repeated after a mark of “Fail”, use only the higher grade in the computation if the class has been retaken in 10th or 11th grades.


Info on Repeating Classes

UC/CSU GPA:  If the same identical course (level and title of the course) is repeated, the higher grade will be calculated in the GPA.  If the course is repeated but different levels such as Honors/AP is retaken at a regular level, you must include both grades in your GPA.

ECR GPA: The repeated grade does not replace the lower grade. Every class you take is calculated into your GPA.  Making up a “C” grade in a class will not be posted on the ECR transcript.

Info on College Classes: College classes will be added to your high school transcript only if you need the credit to graduate from high school or the class fulfills a high school graduation requirement.  You will not get an extra point on the ECR GPA.  If the college classes do not go on your high school transcript, you can still report the classes on your application (to the UC/CSU schools)

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