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Credits Required



Student grade level progress will be measured with A-G grade level benchmarks in addition to credits.


Freshman (Grade 9) = 50

Sophomore (Grade 10) = 105   

Junior (Grade 11 )  = 160

Senior (Grade 12) = 210 

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Graduation Requirements

Things To Do

Freshman Year

  • Develop good study habits. Grades are the most important factor colleges consider.
  • Learn about extra-curricular activities and choose to participate in some.  ISLC has a many clubs that you can be a part of. Many colleges consider talent and leadership in the admissions process so it is important to show them you have been involved in extracurricular activities. Besides, they are the fun part of school!
  • Join ISLC TRIO program or AVID.
  • Develop a 4 year academic plan. You can do this with your Academic Counselors.
  • Attend college info sessions.
  • Consider taking the PSAT

Sophomore Year

  • Meet with college TRIO representatives.
  • Take the PSAT test.
  • Update your 4 year academic plan.
  • Be certain you are fulfilling all course requirements to graduate.
  • Consider taking the SAT Subject tests if you are completing an Honors or AP course that is one of the SAT Subject tests.
  • Begin to research some college choices. A great way to do this is by using This website has an interest inventory which allows you to answer questions about yourself and then get suggestions about majors, careers, and colleges that might be a good fit for you.

Junior Year

  • Visit with TRIO representatives  throughout the year.
  • Research college choices – Use Collegeboard as a resource
  • Take a Career and College Search (
  • Register to take the ACT exam / SAT Reasoning exam / SAT Subject test - check for winter and spring dates on and .
  • Take the PSAT test in October. In your junior year, you can qualify for scholarships through the PSAT.
  • Prepare for the SAT/ACT!
  • Visit counseling office for more college information.
  • Review your 4 year academic plan, as well as graduation and college entrance requirements.
  • Schedule an appointment in the spring with your counselor - invite your parents.
  • Take AP exams in May.
  • During the summer, work on your college essay, take a college class, attend a summer program. Remember, the summer before your senior year is the last time you can take a class that will be included in your GPA when applying to college.

Senior Year

  • Finalize the list of colleges and universities to apply to by October.
  • Visit with TRIO Representatives throughout the Fall semester.
  • Visit with your counselors  about your college plans.
  • Register for SAT Reasoning, SAT II & ACT (if necessary) no later than December.
  • Complete the Cal Grant Verification and FAFSA financial aid forms before the March deadline.
  • Complete  the CSS Profile if required by college.
  • In December notify Counselor if 7th semester grades are to be sent to colleges.
  • Register for AP exams in March.
  • Request final transcript.
  • Notify Counselors of all college decisions.
  • Apply for housing early - check refund policy.
  • Don’t develop “senioritis” - colleges have been known to revoke admissions.
  • Celebrate Graduation!



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LAUSD and ISLC High School Graduation Requirements


LAUSD Course and Exam Requirements


"LAUSD has aligned its graduation requirements with the California State University (CSU) A-G requirements, beginning with the graduating class of 2016. Students must earn a grade of "D" or better in "A-G" courses, and meet California Department of Education Requirements in addition to satisfying LAUSD additional requirements for graduation." - As provided by LAUSD's Graduation Requirements page.


Class of 2016

210 Credits


Class of 2017

210 Credits



3 Years of Social Studies

World History A/B

US History A/B



4 Years of English

Engilsh 9 A/B

English 10 A/B

Amer. Lit/Cont. Composition



3 Years of College Prep Math

Algebra 1 A/B

Geometry A/B

Algebra 2 A/B


(4 years of Math recommended for University)


2 Years of College Prep (Lab) Science


Physical Science


(3 Years of Science recommended for University)


2 Years Foreign Language 


2 Years of Physical Education


1 Year Visual or Performing Art


1 Year College Prep Elective


1 Semester Health



ISLC Requirements


14 Semesters of Electives

(this can include college prep, advanced math, foreign language, additional fine arts and/or technical arts)


Computer Literacy requirement

(take and pass 1 computer class) 


Service Learning Experience

(120 hours of community service)


Career Pathway

(120 hours of internship service)


Capstone Project