Graduation Requirements

ACLC's Rigorous Expectations

ACLC graduation requirements exceed the UC/CSU A-G Course Requirements. In addition, graduates must demonstrate proficiency in learning, thinking, and technological skills as well as personal, interpersonal and community competencies such as self-direction, teamwork, service and leadership.  Seniors create and post a Learner Portfolio website documenting their achievements.

Academic Proficiencies

Satisfactory completion of ACLC and UC-approved high school courses including:

A. History/Social Studies (3 years)
Modern World History (10 credits)
U.S. History (10 credits)
American Government (5 credits)

Economics (5 credits)

B. English (4 years)

English 1/2/3/4 (40 credits)

C. Mathematics (3 years)
Algebra 1 (10 credits)
Geometry (10 credits)

Algebra 2 (10 credits)

D. Science (3 years)
Physics (10 credits)
Chemistry (10 credits)

Biology (10 credits)

E.  Language other than English (2 yrs)

Two years of the same language at the high school level (20 credits)

F.  Visual and Performing Arts (1 Year)

(10 credits)

G.  College-preparatory elective (1 Year)

(10 credits)

Contemporary Community Citizenship

Four years (4 credits)

Current Life Issues (1 year)

(5 credits)

Physical Education or ROTC (2 Years)

(20 credits)

Additional Courses

as needed to reach 230 credits

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Learner Portfolio

The Learner Portfolio must include:

  1. A personal resume
  2. A personal vision with 20-year action plan
  3. A reflective essay that:
    1. sums up learning and growth experiences at ACLC
    2. gives evidence that the learner meets or exceeds the ACLC Graduate Profile Standards (see below)
  4. 3-5 examples of the learner's best work during years at ACLC, including one from an ACLC math or science course and one from an ACLC humanities course
  5. Documentation of the required internship experience

Additional Proficiencies

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ACLC Learning to Learn Skills (see below) via the Learner Portfolio
  2. Meet or exceed the ACLC Graduate Profile Standards (see below) as evidenced by the Learner Portfolio
  3. Community Service--complete at least 20 hours of community service per high school year, including a purposeful Senior Project that involves or improves the community
  4. College-Level Coursework--complete at least one college course transferable to CSU/UC
  5. Internship Experience--complete, document and reflect on at least 20 hours of internship experience in a career/professional setting

ACLC Learning to Learn Skills

Time and Task Management
Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
Oral Communications
Effective Presentations
Individual Teamwork
Teaming Strategies
Teaching Others
Democratic Leadership
Ownership of Community
Judicial System Interaction
Personal Visioning
Systems Thinking
Technology Skills

ACLC Graduate Profile Standards

  1. Personal Qualities--Displays self-esteem, responsibility, self-management, integrity and honesty, sociability, and humanity
  2. New Basics--Communicates, reads, writes, listens and speaks in English and one other language; shows historical, cultural, geographic and economic understanding; thinks scientifically and applies mathematical techniques and scientific principles to everyday life; appreciates and uses the arts; nurtures own health and well-being
  3. Thinking and Reasoning--Knows how to learn and reason, visualize and think creatively, analyzes patterns and systems, uses data to consider alternatives, makes decisions, solves problems, improves systems
  4. Interpersonal Abilities--Participates as a team member, helps others learn, shows leadership, negotiates, works well with others from diverse backgrounds, values multiple perspectives and democratic processes
  5. Technological Expertise--Selects and applies technology appropriately and can troubleshoot technical problems