Santa Barbara Unified School District

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English / Language Arts

40 credits of high school English/Language Arts are required for high school graduation.

Social Studies

30 credits of high school social studies are required for high school graduation.


30 credits of high school mathematics are required for high school graduation. Completion of Math I, Math II and/or Math III prior to grade 9 shall satisfy the requirements for those specific courses, but shall not exempt the student from the requirement to complete three mathematics courses in grades 9-12.


20 credits of high school science are required for high school graduation.

Additional Courses

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)

10 credits of foreign language or visual or performing arts are required for high school graduation.

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Foreign Language

10 credits of foreign language or visual or performing arts are required for high school graduation.

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Physical Education

20 credits of physical education are required for high school graduation.

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5 credits of health are required for high school graduation.

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Ethnic Studies

5 credits of ethnic studies are required for high school graduation, beginning with the class of 2024.

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45 credits of electives are required for high school graduation. Credits earned beyond the graduation requirements for other subjects will apply towards the elective credit requirement.

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Career Technical Education

Arts, Media, and Entertainment

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The Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry sector offers jobs that require a vast range of creative and technical knowledge and skills. Flexibility and adaptability to a rapidly changing professional landscape are key elements to an individual’s ultimate success in a career in arts, media, and entertainment. Consequently, most of the professions found in this sector require students to become familiar with information and skills across several different academic disciplines and career pathways as well as within their primary pathway.

Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway Production and Managerial Arts Pathway

Building and Construction Trades

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A strong demand for workers continues in the Building Trades and Construction industry sector, and that demand increases as populations, businesses, and local economies expand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction is among the top ten of the nation’s industries. Nationally, more than one million construction jobs will be created over the next decade, with job categories ranging from laborers to engineers to contractors.

Residential and Commercial Construction Pathway

Education, Child Development, and Family Services

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Education, Child Development, and Family Services is one of the fastest-growing industry sectors in the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, three of the ten fastest-growing segments of this industry sector are child care services; individual, family, community, and vocational rehabilitation services; and community and residential elder care services. Another career in this sector, teaching, will continue be one of California’s most vigorous areas of employment.

Education Pathway Family and Human Services Pathway

Engineering and Architecture

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The Engineering and Design industry sector provides a strong foundation in engineering and design for students in California. To prepare students for the vast scope of job opportunities in this field, middle schools, high schools, regional occupational centers and programs, apprenticeship programs, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities provide education and training in engineering-related occupations. The demand for engineers in a variety of specializations throughout the state and the nation will remain high.

Engineering Technology Pathway

Health Science and Medical Technology

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Health Science and Medical Technology continues to be one of the fastest-growing industry sectors in California, offering numerous opportunities and benefits. Of the more than 300 careers within this sector, about 41 percent require professional-level preparation; about 33 per-cent, technical-level preparation; and 26 percent, assistant-level preparation. The Health Science and Medical Technology pathways and careers offer options to match a variety of the aptitudes, interests, abilities, and academic achievement of students.

Patient Care Pathway Public and Community Health Pathway

Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

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The Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation industry sector includes California’s fastest-growing industries: travel, recreation, and food and hospitality. Nearly 900,000 jobs are directly supported by the travel industry, making tourism the state’s third largest employer. The California restaurant industry is the largest employer in the state. Students choosing a career in this industry sector are eligible for positions throughout the world, with potential for advancement and ready availability of continuing employment.

Food Service and Hospitality Pathway

Information and Communication Technologies

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Information Technology (IT) careers involve the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. IT careers are available not only in the IT industry but also in every other sector of the economy. The IT sector contains some of the fastest-growing industries, such as software publishing, Internet publishing, service providers, Web search portals, and data-processing services.

Software and Systems Development Pathway

Manufacturing and Product Development

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The Manufacturing and Product Development industry sector is an important part of California’s economy, producing a wide range of products, including computers, communications equipment, electronic components, high-tech instruments, apparel, metal products, chemicals, plastics, aircraft, ships, missiles and space products, and search and navigation equipment. Both large and small manufacturers are important participants in the electronics, multimedia, and other emergent regional industrial clusters.

Machining and Forming Technologies Pathway Product Innovation and Design Pathway

Marketing, Sales, and Services

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Marketing, the transfer of goods and services among businesses and consumers, affects the economy at every level. According to California occupational employment projections, retail trade will be the fastest-growing industry in the state. As businesses in America evolve to compete successfully in the global marketplace, a growing need exists for employees with business expertise and the ability to analyze and respond to emerging trends. This sector is designed to prepare learners for careers in planning, managing, and performing marketing activities.

Entrepreneurship/Self-Employment Pathway


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Transportation plays a crucial role in our society because moving people and goods is central to everything America does. As the Transportation industry sector continues to expand significantly, it will continue to adapt to changing technology and repair techniques as vehicle components and systems become increasingly sophisticated. Examples include developments in rocket technology, super-capacity jet airplanes, hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell technology affecting automobiles, and diesel trucks that run on biodiesel or other alternative fuels.

Systems Diagnostics, Services, and Repair Pathway

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara (SBUnified) prohíbe la discriminación, el hostigamiento, la intimidación y el acoso escolar en los programas educativos, actividades o en el empleo por razones de ascendencia real o percibida, edad, color, discapacidad, género, género con el que se identifica, género con el que se expresa, nacionalidad, raza o etnia, condición migratoria, creencias o costumbres religiosas, orientación sexual, estado paternal, embarazo, estado familiar o civil, estado militar o asociación con una persona o un grupo con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. El SBUnified requiere que el personal de la escuela adopte las medidas inmediatas para intervenir cuando sea seguro hacerlo si él o ella es testigo de un acto de discriminación, hostigamiento, intimidación o acoso escolar.

El Consejo de educación prohíbe el acoso sexual contra los empleados y los alumnos del distrito. El Consejo también prohíbe cualquier conducta de represalia o medidas contra cualquier persona que reporte, presente una queja o testifique sobre la misma, o de otro modo apoye al denunciante que aduzca el acoso sexual.

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The Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUnified) prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, immigration status, religious beliefs or customs, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. SBUnified requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

The Governing Board prohibits sexual harassment of district employees and students. The Board also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against any person who reports, files a complaint or testifies about, or otherwise supports a complainant in alleging sexual harassment.

The information on this website was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The Santa Barbara Unified School District reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend the information, requirements and policies contained on this website at any time and without prior notice.