Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to spend the full four years in high school. Attending summer school or carrying more than a normal load during the regular school year should be regarded as an enrichment of the student’s education, rather than an accelerated program.

Class standing will be based on the total number of credits successfully achieved.

To be eligible for:

  • Sophomore activities, a student must have completed 50 credits.
  • Junior activities, a student must have completed 100 credits.
  • Senior activities, a student must have completed 155 credits.


A senior will not be awarded a diploma and may not participate in the graduation ceremony until he/she has completed all requirements and accumulated the total credits necessary. All financial obligations, including a graduation fee, must be met before the student can participate in commencement exercises.

Students are expected to be at VCHS with a full 7 period course load, unless participating in a technical program or college program in the senior year. Seniors meeting graduation requirements may be permitted to have an unscheduled first or last period. They must, however, leave campus or be in supervised areas during this unscheduled time.

THE TOTAL MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE IS 240. 

Requirements for graduating classes of 2016 and later

CREDITS
YEAR 
SUBJECT AREA        
40
4
Bible*
40
4
English
30
3
Math
10
1
Physical Education / Health
20
2
Science
30
3
Social Studies / History
0
0
Technology
10
1
Visual & Performing Arts
40
4
Electives
20
2
Foreign Language

* Bible is required for each semester of attendance at VCHS. Required Bible credits are waived for any semester that the student does not attend VCHS. These credits are then added to the required elective credits.

 

Requirements for graduating classes of 2015 and earlier

 CREDITS 
 YEAR 
SUBJECT AREA
40
4
Bible*
40
4
English
30
3
Math
20
2
Physical Education / Health**
20
2
Science
40
4
Social Studies / History
20
2
Technology***
10
1
Visual & Performing Arts
20
2
Electives***

*Bible is required for each semester of attendance at Valley Christian High School. Required Bible credits are waived for any semester that the student does not attend VCHS. These credits are then added to the required elective credits.

**Freshmen must take PE. It is highly recommended that the second year of PE be in the junior year. Successful participation in two sports after 9th grade qualifies a student for 10 units of PE credit.

***Students must either take the Computer Software course, or pass the challenge test for this requirement.

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