Graduation Requirements

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

Subject RequirementGreen Dot Graduation RequirementUC 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.
CAHSEESchool and State requirementNot required for UC or CSU admission.


High School Diploma and Commencement Ceremony

Refer to Green Dot's recommended guidelines in Policy B 3.0 - High School Diploma and Commencement Ceremony

Earning a Diploma

A student can only earn a diploma from a Green Dot school once he or she has done the following:

  • Completed all graduation requirements with regard to classes and credits
    • Any student who has not met all credit requirements by the date of graduation must complete all units by the summer of his/her graduation year in order to earn a diploma from a Green Dot school. Otherwise, the student must either earn the diploma the following year or take alternate routes to receiving a diploma from a non-Green Dot school

Commencement Ceremony Participation Requirements

A student may participate in his/her school's commencement ceremony if one of the following is true:

  • The student has met all of the school's graduation requirements with regards to classes and credits, and met all of the school's commencement ceremony requirements (see below):
  • The student is deficient 10 or less credits, has met all of the school's commencement ceremony requirements (see below), and has signed up to make the credits the summer immediately following graduation; and/or
  • In addition, each Green Dot school may require its students to complete any or all of the following to be eligible to participate in the school's commencement ceremony (all of which are not required fro UC or CSU admission):
    • Completing applications to at least three colleges
    • A senior project/portfolio and a senior exit interview; and
    • 10 community service hour at a non-profit organization for every year the student is enrolled at a Green Dot school (Green Dot recommends 10 hours per school year).
    • No fails senior year

A student may be prohibited from participating in the commencement ceremony for academic, behavioral, or other reasons at the school Principal's discretion and with the appropriate Cluster Director's approval.


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

Community Service40 hours (10 hours per year since student enrolled at ARB)
Parent Volunteer Hours140 hours (35 hours per year since student enrolled at ARB)
College ApplicationsProof of application to a minimum of 3 colleges/universities
Senior AttendanceStudents 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 InterviewStudent must successfully present completed Senior Portfolio at the scheduled Exit Interview.
Grades (for Commencement)No Fails senior year (S1 and S2)
Student DebtsAny 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 InfractionsOutstanding 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:
    SubjectCredit Units
    AHistory/Social Science30
    ELanguage Other Than English20
    FVisual and Performing Arts10
    GCollege Prep Elective10
    -Green Dot Electives80
  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:
    Credit Units
    ELanguage Other Than English10
  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.

Order Your Transcript

Green Dot Public Schools has chosen Parchment for all transcript requests

Send your official transcript anywhere in the world with just a few clicks!

Student, parents, and alumni can use Parchment, the leader in eTranscript exchange, to send high school transcripts electronically, securely and confidentially, all with real-time tracking.

To order your transcript, click the big ORDER YOUR TRANSCRIPT banner below. The first thing you’ll do is create an account, then you’ll place your order, and then you can track your order 24/7.

Visit to access the Parchment Student Tool Kit Containing:

  • Video Tutorials
  • User Guides
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Support Resources

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

Green Dot’s uniform requirements are maintained and enforced to provide students with a safe and collegial environment aligned to Green Dot’s mission. Although each Green Dot school may modify school colors as needed for school safety, students must adhere to the requirements below at all times.

  • Belts: If a belt is worn, acceptable colors are tan, brown, black, white gray or maroon. They must be a standard width, and properly worn at waist level. Belts may be webbed, braided or leather. Belts and belt buckles must not have logos, studs, chains, writings, or initials.
  • Footwear: Only closed-toes dress shoes or tennis shoes. No house shoes, slippers, or sandals.
  • Hair: Hair must be neat, clean, and fixed such that it does not hang in the student’s face. Beards and mustaches must be neatly trimmed.
  • Headwear: No bandanas, wave caps, or sweatbands are allowed. Students may wear ribbons, rubber bands, barrettes, or headbands.
  • Jackets/Coats/Sweatshirts: Must be black, white, gray or maroon without writing, initials, emblems, or logos of any kind except the school name. Students may not wear hoods in class. School appropriate college sweatshirts/sweaters in black, white, gray or maroon are allowed at all times.
  • Pants/Shorts: Only trouser-style khaki pants/shorts. Sweatpants are not allowed. Trousers must be at least ankle length but not touching the ground. The trouser hem must not be frayed or ripped. It is not permissible to cut the leg seam. Shorts must reach the top of the knee in length. Pants/shorts must be worn at waist level and not at the hip.
  • Shirts: Only collared shirts, preferably polo-style are to be worn. The only approved logo or name is the school name. 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 black, white, gray or maroon and must be worn under the shirt.
  • Skirts/Skorts: Skirts/skorts must be khaki style, an appropriately fitted size, and fall just above the student’s kneecaps.
  • Tights/Leggings: Only black, white, gray or maroon may be worn under skirts of the appropriate length.
  • Sweaters: Only V-neck pullover, crew-neck pullover, or cardigan in black, white, gray or maroon. All sweaters must be worn over a uniform shirt.

Uniform Violation
Violations of the above Uniform Requirements must not result suspension. Green Dot recommends that its schools follow these steps upon a violation:

  1. provide a loaner uniform, if available;
  2. notify parents, then;
  3. a school-based consequence (students should only be removed from classrooms for egregious violations)

Animo Ralph Bunche has the following guidelines for appropriate attire

  • Dress Down Days - The Principal or designee authorizes and approves all Dress Down Days. They may reflect a particular holiday and/or theme (spirit days); however, the following guidelines are to be observed on all Dress Down Days:
    • Students are permitted to wear clean and untorn jeans, slacks, shorts, or any appropriate bottoms, so long as they are not form fitting (no leggings without other bottoms covering the leggings) and they comply with the same length requirements as uniform bottoms
    • Students are permitted to wear T-shirts, sweatshirts or other shirts/blouses provided they are modest and do not make reference to drugs, alcoholic beverages, taverns, offensive activities, etc. “Double meaning” T-shirts are not permitted. At no time are midriff T-shirts, sweatshirts or other casual shirts/blouses to be worn as well as clothing that expose the midriff (stomach/waist).
    • Undergarments may not be visible at any time.
    • Only closed-toe and closed-heel shoes are permitted. Socks must also be appropriate and not reference items as listed in #2.
    • Headgear (hats, beanies) is permitted outdoors only.
    • Any student who has doubt about what to wear, should simply not wear it and we recommend students carry their uniform items in case any issues arise.
  • Professional Attire - The Principal or designee authorizes and approves all Professional Attire.
    • Full length dress pants/ slacks may be worn.
    • Students may wear dresses and skirts as long as these are not tight and are knee length or longer.
    • Students may wear blouses with sleeves or suit jacket.
    • Students may wear button-down, long-sleeve, collared dress shirts, tucked in, with tie.
    • Clothing must not be tight or reveal undergarments or be see-through.
    • No cut-offs, shorts, jeans, or sweat suits.
    • Closed dress shoes must be worn. High-heels must be within 2 – 3 inches.

If a student is not dressed in appropriate professional attire, the student will be subject to consequences for dress code violation.

  • Stallion Pride - Stallion Spirit is scheduled every Monday.
    • Students may wear pre-approved Advisory/ARB Club/ARB sports shirts/sweatshirts with jean or khaki bottoms only, that align to the uniform guidelines.
    • All shirts/sweatshirts must first be approved by the Principal or designee.
    • Advisory and club shirts/sweatshirts must have the ARB logo, unless pre-approved by the principal or admin designee.
    • The minimum size of the logo is two inches.
    • Students not wearing Stallion Spirit gear must wear the uniform.
  • Athletics - On game days, athletes may wear their jersey with the appropriate bottoms only, that align to the uniform requirements. If the coach has communicated professional attire for game day, the guidelines of professional attire must be adhered to. Students not wearing athletic gear must wear the uniform.
  • 10/23 College is for Me - On every 10th and 23rd of the month students may wear T-shirts or sweatshirts from any two or four year college/university*. The T-shirt or sweatshirt must be worn at all times and the college/university logo must be visible at all times. NO homemade shirts or sweatshirts are allowed. Only jean or khaki bottoms may be worn.
    *Exceptions may be made if the 10th or 23rd falls on a weekend.

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: Ryan McDonnell