Graduation Requirements

The A-G requirements are the minimum requirments for admission into the California State University or University of California system.

Subject Requirement Green Dot Graduation Requirement UC and CSU Admission Requirement
History/Social ScienceUC/CSU Requirement A

30 Semester Credits

10 Credits World History

10 Credits U.S. History

5 Credits U.S. Government

5 Credits Economics or

10 Credits AP Government

20 Semester Credits (equivalent to two year-long courses or four semesters) of history/social science courses are required. Coursework must includeWorld History, Cultures, and Historical GeographyU.S. History/American Government (Civics)
EnglishUC/CSU Requirement B

40 Semester Credits

10 Credits English 9

10 Credits English 10

10 Credits English 11 or

AP10 Credits English 12 or AP

40 Semester Credits (equivalent to four year-long courses or eight semesters) of college preparatory composition and literature are required. Both reading and writing components must be included in the courses.
MathematicsUC/CSU Requirement C

30 Semester Credits

10 Credits Algebra I

10 Credits Algebra II

10 Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, Mathanalysis, or Calculus


10 Credits of the same Math AP course

30 Semester Credits (equivalent to three one-year courses) of college preparatory mathematics are required. Forty Semester Units are strongly recommended.

Lab Science

UC/CSU Requirement D

20 Semester Credits

10 Credits Biology

10 Credits Chemistry orPhysics

Laboratory Science20 Semester Credits (equivalent to two one-year courses) of laboratory science are required. Students must have at least two of the foundational subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. CSU campuses demand that one science must be a life science (biology, etc.) and the second science a physical science (chemistry, physics, etc.). Thirty credits are strongly recommended.

Language Other Than English

UC/CSU Requirement E

20 Semester Credits

10 Credits Spanish I

10 Credits Spanish II

10 Credits of the same Spanish AP Course

20 Semester Credits (equivalent to two, one-year courses) of coursework in a single language. Thirty credits are recommended.

Visual and Performing Art

UC/CSU Requirement F

10 Semester Credits

One year-long course in one of the following: Art, Drama,Dance, or Music

10 Semester Credits (one year-long course) required in any of the following categories: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.

College Prep Elective

UC/CSU Requirement G

10 Semester Credits

See description in UC and CSU Admission Requirement column.

10 Semester Credits (equivalent to one year-long course, or two semester long courses) This requirement may be satisfied in one of two ways: a) completion of one additional UC-approved "a-f" subject course; or b) completion of a course that has been specifically approved for the "g" elective area.
Green Dot Electives

80 Semester Credits

May include:Additional College Prep Electives

Physical Education





Curriculum Skills/Intervention

Other Electives

Not required for UC or CSU admission.
CAHSEE School and State requirement Not required for UC or CSU admission.

Earning a diploma versus commencement ceremony

To earn a diploma a student must meet all requirements related to courses/credits AND pass both sections of the CAHSEE.

To participate in the commencement ceremony, students must meet the diploma requirements along with the following: (see the following table):

Requirements to Participate in Senior Activities, which Include:

Requirements to Participate in Senior Activities, which Include: Prom, Grad Night, Senior Week Activities, and Commencement Ceremony 

Requirement Task
Community Service 40 hours (10 hours per year since student enrolled at ARB)
Parent Volunteer Hours 140 hours (35 hours per year since student enrolled at ARB)
College Applications Proof of application to a minimum of 3 colleges/universities
Senior Attendance Students may only be absent a maximum of 5 times per course, including excused absences, per semester. Every three tardies to any class will count as an absence. Students who exceed the number of absences will have senior privileges taken away.
Senior Portfolio and Exit Interview Student must successfully present completed Senior Portfolio at the scheduled Exit Interview.
Grades (for Commencement) No Fails senior year (S1 and S2)
Student Debts Any student who has an outstanding balance will not meet requirements for participation in Senior ActivitiesOutstanding debt may include: Lunch balances Textbooks / novels College tours AP tests School trips/functions
Discipline Infractions Outstanding Administrative Contracts

Graduation Requirements

High school students must meet the following requirements to earn a diploma and graduate:

  1. Complete all course requirements and have the minimum number of credit units, including 160 Core Academic Courses (UC/CSU A-G courses) and 80 Green Dot electives for a total of at least 240 credit units:
    Subject Credit Units
    A History/Social Science 30
    B English 40
    C Mathematics 30
    D Science 20
    E Language Other Than English 20
    F Visual and Performing Arts 10
    G College Prep Elective 10
    - Green Dot Electives 80
  2. All students must pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to graduate. Students first take the test in the 10th grade and have chances to retake the test in the 11th and 12th grades. More information is available on the California Department of Education website.
  3. Every student must show proof that he or she completed 3 university applications. Students must bring proof of acceptance or denial. Incomplete applications will not be accepted! Acceptable forms for proof of application include: college correspondence via letter, e-mail, or online printout indicating acceptance or denial of admissions.
  4. Students must complete 40 community service hours before graduation. These hours are to be turned into advisory teachers before the end of the school year.
  5. Students must serve all detentions and suspensions and clear all other disciplinary obligations.
  6. Students/parents must pay all financial debts owed to the school.

Students will be recognized as Distinguished Graduates if they meet the following additional requirements:

  1. Fulfill the recommended A-G requirements, which require the following additional credit units:
    Subject Additional
    Credit Units
    C Mathematics 10
    D Science 10
    E Language Other Than English 10
  2. Complete an additional 20 community service hours before graduation.
  3. Complete at least one UC/CSU transferrable cource with a "C" or above grade, or earn a passing grade (3 or above) on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) Exam.
  4. Finish high school with a weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Academic & College Resources

Welcome to the California State University EPT/ELM System

Who should take the test

The California State University (CSU) requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam prior to enrollment in the CSU. Your scores will determine which Math and English courses you should take to begin your career at CSU. You may be exempt from taking the EPT or ELM based on your scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the CSU's Early Assessment Program (EAP) tests in English and Mathematics, the SAT®, ACT®, or Advanced Placement® (AP). This site will determine if you are exempt as part of the registration process. For more information about the EPT and ELM click on the EPT/ELM Information Bulletin link below. 

Financial aid websites:

Dream App application


Academic and College Resources

Testing Resources

The following pages contain information on each test, practice questions, and other resources:

The College Application Process

1. Plan for college beginning in 9th grade

The University of Southern California's "Preparing for College Guide" offers detailed descriptions of what students need to do at each grade level to be a competitive applicant. The CSU Planning Guide offers similar recommendations.

2. Check admission requirements

The California State University requirements and the University of California A-G requirements should guide the courses that you take in high school. Green Dot high schools use the A-G requirements as graduation requirements, so most students on track to graduate will complete the required coursework.

3. Develop a list of colleges to apply to

Helpful resources to guide your college search include:

  • is the state's official website that provides information about higher education in California for students and parents.
  • CSU Mentor is designed to help students and their families learn about the California State University (CSU) system and has information on planning for college, applying to college, and financial aid.
  • is a search enginge for colleges in California.
  • U.S. News College Rankings provides a list of the top colleges.
  • The Princeton Review is a search engine that allows you to set the parameter (your interests, majors, public or private school, size, etc.) and then gives you a list of schools that fit your profile.
  • My College Options is a search engine that matches your interests with colleges that fit those interests.
  • provides prospective students with a virutal tour of hundreds of college campuses. It is a great way to get a feel for the campus that might be too far away for a weekend drive.
  • Black Excel has college information for African American students.
  • Art Institutes International is an association of some of the top private Art schools in the country, with links to all of them.
  • Colleges That Change Lives is a non-profit that helps students expand their college search process beyond ratings and rankings.
  • Landmark College is designed to help those with ADHD and learning disabilities get their associate's degree and gain the tools to advance their education to a four-year school.
4. Complete your college application

After you have decided where you want to apply, you need to complete the applications:

If you need to submit copies of your transcript, you can request them electronically. Instructions for using the service can be found here.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions
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Colleges and universities prefer to receive transcripts electronically through Parchment!


Financing College

Don't let the high cost of college discourage you or your child. Numerous sources of financial aid can help you afford even the most expensive schools. In fact, nearly half of all college students receive some financial aid. The key is to start saving and researching now. Consider the types of college your child might attend (public, private, urban, rural), the requirements of your potential major (books, supplies), and living costs (housing, transportation, food). Estimate your child's financial needs, and begin saving money each month. Many banks offer special college savings accounts.

Financial Aid

You and your child can apply for several types of aid from federal and state agencies, private foundations, and colleges.

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation and should be the first stop for students seeking financial aid. By completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students are considered for federal student aid. Many other financial aid programs require that students first fill out the FAFSA (including Cal Grants). To fill out the FAFSA, you will also need to complete the application for a Federal Student Aid PIN.

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) is the principal state agency responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending California colleges and universities. Students can apply for the Cal Grant program and several other financial aid programs through the CSAC website.

Undocumented students who are eligible for AB 540 are now eligible to receive financial aid from the State of California. To apply for California State aid, AB 540 students must complete the California Dream Act Application and the Cal Grant GPA Verification process. More information on AB540. Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) also provides college information and scholarships for undocumented students.

LA Cash for College provides free assistance to Los Angeles students and familes applying for federal and state financial aid. Visit their website to find out more about the workshops and other services they offer.

Many colleges and universities also provide financial aid to their students. You should ask each college on your list what their financial aid policies are and what it takes to apply for financial aid. Many colleges will require that you fill out the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE before applying for financial aid.


Scholarships are awarded to students based on several criteria. Your child can receive a scholarship for academics, athletics, community service, and many other endeavors. is a great Web site to search for scholarship opportunities. Your child can fill out an online profile and the website will match their profile with potential scholarships. The Minority Scholarship Search allows students to search for scholarships that are open to students of their race. Other organizations that offer college scholarships include:

Policies & Forms

Uniform Policy

Students are to concentrate on cleanliness, neatness, good taste, and safety. The regulations listed below are to be observed by all students at all times.

Shirts. Only maroon, collared shirts, polo-style are to be worn. The only approved logo or name is that of Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School. All shirts must be tucked in at all times during school hours. When both hands are raised, the shirt must be long enough to remain tucked. All undershirts must be white, grey, black or maroon and must be worn under the shirt, not over the shirt.

Athletics/Scholar. Students involved in athletics or who have earned scholar status (3.0+) may wear the approved grey, collared polo-style shirt in lieu of the maroon uniform shirt.

Pants/Shorts. Only trouser-style khaki pants/shorts are to be worn. Trousers are to be worn at least ankle length but not touching the ground. The hem must not be frayed or ripped and sweat pants are not allowed. It is not permissible to cut the leg seam. Shorts must reach the top of the knee in length. Pants and shorts must be worn at the waist, not at the hip.

Skirts/Skorts. Khaki skirts/skorts must be the appropriate size and must fall just above the student’s kneecaps.

Sweaters/sweatshirts. V-neck pullover, crew-neck pullover or cardigan in solid maroon or grey may be worn. All sweaters must be worn with a uniform shirt underneath. The ONLY emblem allowed on sweaters and sweatshirts is the school log.

Jackets/Coats. Must be all grey or black with NO writing, emblems or logos of any kind except Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School.

Tights/Leggings. Only solid white, grey, black or maroon may be worn under skirts of the appropriate length.

Headwear. No hats, bandanas, wave caps, or visors are allowed on campus. Students may not wear their hoods during the school day. Girls may wear ribbons, rubber bands, barrettes, or headbands. No sweatbands are allowed on your wrists or your head.

Belts. If a belt is worn, it must be a tan, brown or black, standard width belt, and it must be properly worn at waist level. Belts may be webbed, braided or leather. Belts and belt buckles may not have logos, studs, chains or initials.

Footwear. Dress shoes or tennis shoes. All footwear must have closed toes and closed heels. No house shoes, slippers, or sandals of any kind are allowed.

Hair that is neat, clean, and fixed in such a way that it does not hang in the face facilitates student learning, as do beards and mustaches that are neatly trimmed.

(page 11 in Student Handbook)

Electronics Policy

Maintain electronic devices out of sight during school hours.

Progressive Steps:

  1. Verbal warning,
  2. Item is confiscated the 1st time and will be returned at the end of the day,
  3. Item is confiscated the 2nd time and will be returned one week later,
  4. Item is confiscated the 3rd time and will be returned at the end of the semester to a parent.

Steps will be logged in student’s electronic file.


(Page 23 in the Student Handbook) 

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Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School

1655 E 27th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Phone: (323) 232-9436

Principal: Nancy Padilla-Flores