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California “a-g” requirements  Who uses them?  What are they used for?  What are they, and how will I meet them?  Does JFK offer everything I will.

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1 California “a-g” requirements  Who uses them?  What are they used for?  What are they, and how will I meet them?  Does JFK offer everything I will need to meet them?

2 Who uses the “a-g” requirements?  California State System  University of California System (Only public, state schools use the “a-g” requirements. Private colleges and universities each have their own admission requirements.)

3 California State Universities  California Polytechnic University, Pomona  California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo  California State University, Bakersfield  California State University, Channel Islands  California State University, Dominguez Hills  California State University, East Bay  California State University, Fullerton  California State University, Long Beach  California State University, Los Angeles  California State University, Monterey Bay  California State University, Northridge  California State University, Sacramento  California State University, San Bernardino  California State University, San Marcos  California State University, Stanislaus  Chico State University  Fresno State University  Humboldt State University  Maritime Academy  San Diego State University  San Francisco State University  San Jose State University  Sonoma State University

4 University of California Campuses  University of California, Berkeley  University of California, Davis  University of California, Los Angeles  University of California, Merced  University of California, Riverside  University of California, San Diego  University of California, San Francisco  University of California, Santa Barbara  University of California, Santa Cruz

5 What are the “a-g” requirements used for? “The intent of the "a-g" subject requirements is to ensure that students can participate fully in the first-year program at the University in a wide variety of fields of study. The requirements are written deliberately for the benefit of all students expecting to enter the University, and not for preparation for specific majors. UC faculty consider the Subject Requirement to be effective preparation, on many levels, for undergraduate work at the University. This pattern of study assures the faculty that the student has attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study. Fulfillment of the "a-g" pattern also demonstrates that the student has attained essential critical thinking and study skills.” (http://www.ucop.edu/a-gGuide/ag/a-g/welcome.html)

6 How will I meet these subject requirements? “a” History/Social Science (2 years required) Two years of history/social science, including one year of world history, cultures and geography; and one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government.

7 How will I meet these subject requirements? “b” English (4 years required) Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing and reading of classic and modern literature.

8 How will I meet these subject requirements? “c” Mathematics (3 years required, 4 years recommended) Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.

9 How will I meet these subject requirements? “d” Laboratory Science (2 years required, 3 years recommended) Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three core disciplines: biology, chemistry and physics. Advanced laboratory science classes that have biology, chemistry or physics as prerequisites and offer substantial additional material may be used to fulfill this requirement.

10 How will I meet these subject requirements? “e” Language Other than English (2 years required, 3 years recommended) Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. Courses in languages other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement.

11 How will I meet these subject requirements? “ f ” Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) (1 year required) A single yearlong approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: theater, music, performing or visual arts.

12 How will my child meet these subject requirements? “g” College Preparatory Electives (1 year required) One year/two semesters, in addition to those required in "a-f" above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non- introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the "e" requirement or two years of another language).

13 Does Kennedy offer everything I will need to meet the “a-g” requirements? “a” History/Social Studies (2 years required) World History (10 th grade) US History (11 th grade) American Government (12 th grade)

14 Does Kennedy offer everything I will need to meet the “a-g” requirements? “b” English (4 years required) Language Arts 2A/B (10 th grade) Language Arts 3A/B (11 th grade) Expository Reading and Writing A/B (12 th grade) Completion of English 1A and 1B at Norco College will cover 12 th grade Language Arts (3 years available at Kennedy )

15 Does Kennedy offer everything I will need to meet the “a-g” requirements? “c” Mathematics (3 years required) Algebra 2 A/B Geometry 1 A/B Pre-Calculus A/B Calculus A/B Probability and Statistics 1 A/B

16 Does Kennedy offer everything I will need to meet the “a-g” requirements? “d” Laboratory Science (2 years required) Biology Chemistry Physics Natural Science

17 Does Kennedy offer everything I will need to meet the “a-g” requirements? “e” Language other than English (2 years required) Spanish 1 A/B Spanish 2 A/B Foreign Language taken at Norco College

18 Does Kennedy offer everything I will need to meet the “a-g” requirements? “f” Visual & Performing Arts (1 year required) Visual Arts: Offered through Norco College Arts classes Performing Arts: Dance Team

19 Does Kennedy offer everything I will need to meet the “a-g” requirements? “g” College Prep. Electives (1 year required) One extra year (two semesters) chosen from “a” – “e” or One year (two semesters) of AVID Senior Seminar, Economics, Geography, Political Science, or any class taken at Norco College.

20 College Admissions Testing Required by UC and CSU Systems SAT Reasoning Test (3 parts: Math, Critical Reading, and Writing) or ACT Assessment plus Optional Writing (5 parts: Math, Reading, Science, English and Writing) The UC System also requires two (2) SAT Subject Test Scores. These must be in two different areas, chosen from the following: English, history/social studies, mathematics (Level 2 only), science or language other than English.

21 Important things to remember: 1. Meet with your counselor regularly to make sure you are on track to meet A-G requirements. 2. Take the Princeton Review Assessment, the PSAT and the Practice SAT and use them to study for the SAT and ACT tests as well as subject tests later on. 3. Your GPA matters! Especially your 10 th and 11 th grade year! 4. What are you looking for in a College? Find the right fit. 5. What is a College looking for in you? Develop your community service and leadership potential early in high school.

22 Important Testing Websites  Scholastic Aptitude Testing (SAT): American College Testing (ACT):


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