Graduation Requirements

  • Graduation Requirements

    High School education in PUSD has expanded to prepare our graduates for an ever-changing world and a global economy.  We are providing students more of the advanced skills they need to be  successful, productive citizens who are future-ready.  We are committed to providing every student with a foundation of knowledge and character necessary to excel in higher education, work, and life.

    PUSD's new graduation requirements reflect our Graduate Profile and are aligned with the district's vision and mission.  The new guidelines address:

    •  21st Century Skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity/innovation),
    • College and Career Readiness,
    • Global Citizenship, Cultural Competency, and other attributes for graduates to lead a Healthy life

    **Beginning with the Class of 2019, all PUSD students must complete all three requirements to graduate with a high school diploma**:

    1.   220 Credits of Required Coursework

    2.   40 hours of Community Service or Work-Based Learning (WBL)

    3.   Graduate Portfolio and Defense

    For complete details, please read the November 2017 letter with updated graduation requirements. Carta en español 

    High School Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2019 and Beyond HERE  


    Graduation Profile 

    Students are encouraged to explore academic disciplines while refining their individual talents and interests.  Participation in athletics, extra-curricular activities, leadership, and community service is encouraged to foster personal and intellectual independence.  Upon graduation, each of our students will be: 

    • Critical thinkers
    • Creative & Innovative Thinkers
    • Communicators
    • Collaborator
    • Prepared for College & Career
    • External & Internal Values: Culturally Competent Citizens
    • Healthy in Mind & Body

     These are seven major components in the Grad Profile.    

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