High School Courses

The ACLC curriculum is based on California Common Core Standards and has been reviewed and approved by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the University of California.

Typical courses for each year of high school

The example below shows a typical path through high school and some of the choices to be made. Starred (*) courses are available as honors courses. At least 230 credits are needed for ACLC graduation. Each learner's yearly schedule is determined individually, in consultation with the school counselor.

9th Grade
Contemporary Community Citizenship (1 credit)
English 1 (10 credits)
Algebra 1 (10 credits)
Physics* (10 credits)
Spanish 1 (10 credits)
Current Life Issues (5 credits)
Independent PE (10 credits)
One of:
Leadership Class (10 credits)
College Preparatory Elective (10 credits)
Elective Course (10 credits)
Total: 66 credits
10th Grade
Contemporary Community Citizenship (1 credit)
English 2 (10 credits)
Geometry (10 credits)
Chemistry (10 credits)
Spanish 2 (10 credits)
Modern World History/US History* (10 credits)
Independent PE (10 credits)
One of:
College Course (10 credits)
Leadership Class (10 credits)
Studio or Digital Arts Class (10 credits)
College Preparatory Elective (10 credits)
Total: 71 credits
11th Grade
Contemporary Community Citizenship (1 credit)
English 3* (10 credits)
Algebra 2 (10 credits)
Biology* (10 credits)
Modern World History/US History* (10 credits)
One or two of:
College Course(s) (10-20 credits)
Leadership Class (10 credits)
Studio or Digital Arts Class (10 credits)
College Preparatory Elective (10 credits)
Total: 51-61 credits
12th Grade
Contemporary Community Citizenship (1 credit)
Senior Seminar (5 credits)
English 4* (10 credits)
Government* (5 credits)
Economics (5 credits)
Some combination of:
ACLC*/College Math Course (10 credits)
ACLC/College Science Course (10 credits)
Leadership Class (10 credits)
Other College Course(s) (10-30 credits)
Total: 56-76 credits
High School Electives:
  • Art and Studio Art
  • College and Career Planning
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing & Poetry
  • Digital Music
  • Digital Video Studio
  • Environmental Science
  • Leadership (Student Government)
  • Judicial Leadership
  • Pre-calculus
  • Spanish 3
  • Visual Communication

Elective offerings may vary from year to year.

Honors Courses:

Honors courses can help learners achieve competitive eligibility for admission to the University of California and other top universities. ACLC offers the following Honors courses:

  • Honors Biology
  • Honors English 3
  • Honors English 4
  • Honors Physics
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Honors US History
  • Honors US Government