The "a-g" Requirements - What Students & Families Need to Know
Currently, too many Oakland students are not graduating high school ready for the challenges of college or the workplace.
- Only 35 percent of Oakland’s high school seniors graduate with the necessary coursework to attend college each year.
- The numbers are even lower for students of color, low-income and special education students, immigrants, and English Language Learners.
In an effort to increase educational equity and provide challenging academics to all students, the OUSD Board of Education voted in June 2009 to align OUSD’s high school graduation requirements with state public college entrance requirements, called the "a-g" standards, to go into effect in the fall of 2011.
What are the "a-g" Requirements?
The University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems require entering freshmen to complete certain courses in high school. These courses are called the "a-g" requirements because of the letter each subject area is assigned: "a" is for History/Social Science, "b" is for English, and so on.