Graduation Requirements

Area
RequiredSubjects &Passages
Years
Credits
Total Minimum Credits Required
I
Humanities


80
English440
US History10
World History10
Civics.5 5
Economics.5 5
Global Awareness & Volunteer Service Passage
II
Logical Inquiry


50
Math (including Algebra I)20
Biological Science10
Physical Science10
Logical Inquiry Passage
III
Creative Expression
& Personal Awareness



80
Community Leadership & Service420
Visual & Performing Arts
OR
Foreign Language
110
Physical Education220
Creativity Passage
Adventure Passage
Career Exploration Passage
Practical Skills Passage
IV
  Electives

30
In any combination of Areas 1-330
Total Passage Credit
in Discipline Areas above
50
Total Credits Required
240

What distinguishes the PCCHS program from other area high schools?
An emphasis on project-based learning through six Passages makes PCCHS unique.

What is a Passage?
A passage is a student initiated course of learning and self-development. Students explore personal, professional and academic interests through a project which they plan, document and display when completed. Each Passage is guided and evaluated by a Passage Council made up of a faculty member, a peer, and a community mentor. Each Passage is awarded 5 or 10 credits. Passages are a way for students to personalize their high school education.

Are there any other requirements?
All PCCHS students must pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) prior to graduation. Students take the CAHSEE in the spring of their 10th grade year and have the opportunity to retest in subject areas they do not pass in both their 11th and 12th grade years. The state requires that all students pass both the language arts and math portions of the test prior to graduation.

Students must complete 80 hours Community Service, half of the hours must be service to the Pacific School and half must be to anon-profit or service oriented for-profit organization. For more about Community Service, see the Community Service How To page.

Students progressing to the University of California or the California State University must successfully complete two years of a language other than English and follow other coursework requirements. See the Courses Required for Graduation and University Admission page.