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Graduation Requirements and Credits

Students must earn a total of 230 credits to graduate and receive a diploma from Rio Mesa High School. This page contains two (2) different charts to explain how requirements and credits work:

  • Chart 1 (in English and in Spanish) shows the number of required credits students must earn in any given subject area to meet graduation requirements compared to A-G university admission requirements.
  • Chart 2 shows the possible number of credits students can earn our traditional semester system. 

For any students who plan to apply to a four-year university, ensure your courses are A-G approved by checking the official UC A-G high school articulation list. Make sure you click on the correct tab to select the year you took or plan to take the course.

Read the detailed OUHSD Board Policy for graduation requirements.


Chart 1:

First page of the PDF file: RioMesaGraduationPoster11X17Final23
First page of the PDF file: RioMesaGraduationPoster11X17FinalSpanish


High School Graduation Credits

The number of classes a student takes and passes with a grade of “D” or better will determine the number of credits a student earns. Chart 2 shows the number of credits students can earn in a semester system.

Chart 2: Traditional Semester System

Each class in a semester is worth 5 credits.

6 classes (at 5 credits each) = 30 Credits 

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Annual Credit Total
6 Classes per Semester 30 Credits 30 Credits 60 Credits