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Graduation Guidelines

Bishop O'Connell High School offers a curriculum which is designed to prepare students for admission to the leading colleges or university. For the most adequate college preparation, it is recommended that students follow the sequence of courses indicated by the asterisk (*).

For graduation, Bishop O'Connell High School requires a minimum of 26 credits, to be distributed as follows:

Graduation Requirements




4 units


4 units


3 units,  *4 units


3 units,  *4 units

Foreign Language+

2 units  *4 units

Health and Physical Education

2 units

Social Studies, History

4 units

Fine Arts

1/2 unit


1/2 unit


3 units,  *4 units

+ Students must finish two years of a language at Bishop O'Connell High School or any other accredited high school before taking a different language. (This does not include middle school credits.)

* Recommended sequence of courses for leading colleges and universities.

Credit earned in the eighth grade for subjects normally taken in grades 9-12 (e.g. Algebra 1, first year of a language, etc.) may be counted toward fulfillment of the required courses after a qualifying test has established proficiency, but will not reduce the overall requirements of 26 units for graduation from O'Connell. In addition, grades from previous schools are not included in a student's reported GPA.

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