Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a total of 190 credits in grades 9-12.
  2. Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in courses that satisfy graduation requirements.
  3. Pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).
  4. Complete a Senior Project.

Credit Requirements Per Grade Levels

0 - 49.0 9th Grade
50 - 99.9 10th Grade
100 - 129.9 11th Grade
130.0 + 12th Grade

Earning Required Credits

For all 60 minute classes:

  1. 12–week classes earn 5 credits.
  2. 6–week classes earn 2.5 credits.

For Life Skills, or 0 Period and any other 35&endash;minute classes:

  1. 12–week classes earn 2.5 credits.
  2. 6–week classes earn 1.2 credits.

Credit Requirements by Subject Area

To graduate from Dewey, students must have earned at least 190 credits from among the following:

A. English

  • Students will earn 40 credits of English over the equivalent of eight semesters.
  • Students are required to complete English 1, 2, 3, and 4.
  • Each of the four English classes is equal to two semesters.
  • All English courses are college preperatory.

B. Sciences

  • Students will earn 20 credits of science over the equivalent of four semesters.
  • Students are required to complete the equivalent of two semesters of Physical Science.
  • Students are required to complete the equivalent of two semesters of Biology.
  • These science classes are not college preperatory.

C. Mathematics

  • Students will earn 20 credits of math over the equivalent of four semesters.
  • Students can take the equivalent of four semesters of Algebra (2 semesters of Alg. A and 2 semesters of Alg. B).
  • Students may wish to substitute the equivalent of two semesters of Algebra for the equivalent of two semesters of Geometry.
  • Algebra and Geometry classes are both college preperatory.

D. Social Science

  • Students will earn 30 credits of social science classes over the equivalent of six semesters.
  • Students are required to complete the equivalent of two semesters each of World History and US history.
  • Students are required to complete the equivalent of one semester each of American Government and Economics.
  • All social science classes are college preperatory.

E. PE/ROTC/Health

  • Students will earn 20 credits of Physical Education/ROTC/Health over the equivalent of four semesters.
  • These classes are not college preperatory.

F. Electives

  • Students will earn 50 credits of electives over the equivalent of ten semesters.
  • Examples of elective courses are multicultural studies, Life Skills, languages, art.
  • For a more detailed list of elective courses and their descriptions, please contact the Dewey High School counselor.
  • Elective courses vary for college preperation.

G. Art and World Languages

  • Students will earn 10 credits of art and world languages over the equivalent of four semesters.
  • When students have more than 10 credits in these subjects, the remaining credit is applied to elective requirements.
  • These courses vary for college preperation.

Why Dewey Doesn’t Give Ds and Fs

In order to graduate from Oakland high schools students need a 2.0 grade point average. By not giving Ds we prevent the frustration of students who earn the credit they need to graduate, but not the grade point average. The credit they earn with a C- or higher will automatically keep them on track with their GPA. We also do not give Fs. At Dewey Ds and Fs earn an NC (No credit). Unlike an F, an NC does not affect grade point average, again keeping students on track for the 2.0 or higher GPA they need to graduate.

Why Dewey Has a Trimester System

As you can see from the tables below, the trimester system can earn credit more quickly than in a traditional semester system the regular comprehensive high schools use. In the same amount of time you can take 15 courses instead of 12. Not only do you need less credits to graduate from Dewey, but you can earn those credits 25% faster.

Semester System Trimester System
   6 classes per semester 4.5 classes per trimester
x 5 credits per class x 5 credits per class
x 2 semesters x 3 trimesters
= 60 credits per year = 67.5* credits per year

*All students have the option of taking Cyberhigh classes to accelerate their learning and earn more credits per year.