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UHS Course Planning Guide 2023-2024



The purpose of this guide is to serve as a resource for both students and parents regarding courses offered at Ukiah High School.  This should not replace a student meeting with their counselor to design a program tailored to the individual needs of each student.


Ukiah High School adopted a new permanent schedule beginning with the 2021-22 school year.  It is known as an 8 Period A/B Block Schedule.  This schedule offers eight classes over the course of the full year.  There are 4 classes each day.  There are A (Purple) and B(Gold)  days.  The many benefits of the schedule for students include:

  • Increased access to the courses and programs.
  • Increased academic support within the school day.
  • Program and support access equal to other high schools.
  • Block periods to foster hands-on, engaged student learning.
  • Time for students to complete work during the school day.
  • Students can complete multiple goals beyond graduation requirements.


The Ukiah Unified District Board of Education approved the following requirements for graduation:

ALL STUDENTS must successfully complete a minimum of 230 credits, not more than 40 of which may be physical education.  Students receive 10 credits for every yearlong course completed, unless it is an hours-based course.

Graduation requirements include:

  1. Four years of English
  2. Three years of Social Studies including:
  3. One year of World History or AP European History
  4. One year of U.S. History or AP U.S. History
  5. One year of American Institutions or AP Comparative Government
  6. Two years of Mathematics, including one year of Algebra.
  7. Two years of Science: one biological (life), one physical or two years of agriculture or one of each
  8. Two years of Physical Education.
  9. One year of visual or performing arts OR one year of foreign language OR one year of career technical education.
  10. Nine Elective courses

*Graduation requirements for the Class of 2023 will remain the same on an 8 period day.  Beyond the Class of 2023 will be reviewed in the 2022-2023 school year.


A grade of “C” or better is required for all A-G classes being taken for college entrance.  For the Spring of 2020 (Due to Covid) a grade of “P” is acceptable.  To request a grade of “P” for the Spring of 2020 please have your parent email your counselor.  For a complete list of UHS A-G Classes click here: Ukiahi A-G Course List 2022-2023

(A) History/Social Science – 2 years required.  Two years of history/social science, including one year of U.S. History or one-half year of U.S. History and one-half year of civics or American Government; and one year of world history, cultures and geography.

(B) English – 4 years required.  Four years of college preparatory English that includes frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature.  Not more than two semesters of ninth grade English can be used to meet this requirement.

(C) Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 years recommended.  Three years of college preparatory mathematics that includes the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two and three dimensional geometry.  Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or this entire requirement, as many math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.

(D) Laboratory Science – two years required, three years recommended.  Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three disciplines:  biology (which includes anatomy, physiology, marine biology, aquatic biology, etc.), chemistry and physics.  Laboratory courses in earth/space sciences are acceptable if they have as prerequisites or provide basic knowledge in biology, chemistry or physics.  The appropriate two years of an approved integrated science program may be used to fulfill this requirement.  Not more than one year of ninth grade laboratory science can be used to meet this requirement.

(E) Language Other than English – two years required, three years recommended.  Two years of the same language other than English.  Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading and composition.  Courses in language other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grade may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent in its own courses.

(F) Visual and Performing Arts – one year required.  One unit (one year or two semesters) of coursework in visual and performing arts (dance, drama/theater, music or visual arts)

(G) College Preparatory Electives – one year required.  One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in “a-g” above, chosen from the following areas:  visual and performing arts, 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).

For UC admissions, 11 A-G courses must be completed prior to the 12th grade/last year of high school/secondary school. No particular course pattern is required for this review. 



California Community Colleges are schools such as Mendocino College, Santa Rosa Junior College and College of the Redwoods.  All high school graduates are eligible for admission.  There are no specific high school courses or grade point averages required for entrance, but a lack of prerequisites may prevent enrollment for the desired college courses.


UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding Regents and Chancellor’s scholarships. If students choose to submit test scores as part of their application, they may be used to determine eligibility for the California statewide admissions guarantee, as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after they enroll.

The California State University (CSU) will continue to temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2022-2023 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies for the following terms: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 admission cycles. 

*Registration materials for SAT Reasoning Test, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests are available in the counseling office.  The school testing code number is 053580.


Students who are considering athletics at a Division I or II college after high school need to register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center at center.  

Here is a link to NCAA Core Courses at UHS.  Please see your counselor for more information.



All Ukiah High School students should graduate having successfully completed either the A-G college entrance requirements or a CTE Pathway.  Students who complete above and beyond A-G or CTE Pathway completion will be recognized with High Achievement or Highest Achievement in our UHS Graduation Program for the Class of 2022 and beyond. This should be strongly considered when selecting your classes.

Click here for more details: UHS Graduation with Achievement 



There are three ways to complete college classes while  attending Ukiah High School.  Concurrent Enrollment, Dual Enrollment or applying to be a part of Middle College. 


UHS students can be concurrently enrolled at Mendocino College.  Students must complete a MCC College application and submit a K-12 Special Admissions form to their counselor for approval.  Approval is based on the student's current academic progress and overall workload so as to ensure success.  Students can take coursework at MCC to satisfy part of their UHS Graduation requirements, for credit recovery, and to get a jumpstart on college.  Students must work closely with their counselor to ensure the course they are planning on taking counts for what the student intended.  For every one college unit, the student is awarded 3.33 credits of high school.  The UHS registrar will request the student's transcript after the course is completed for the grade and credit to appear on their high school transcript.  Students can use one college course to count as part of their number of required classes for a legal high school class schedule.  Students should research further with individual campuses whether transferable courses will count toward that particular subject area or toward elective as this varies from campus to campus.


UHS offers a number of Mendocino College Courses on campus.  These courses are only open to UHS students.  Students who are interested in taking a Dual Enrollment course must complete a Mendocino College Application for Admission AND a CCAP Agreement form.  The CCAP agreement form must be signed by the CTE Coordinator for approval.  Students who do not complete the necessary paperwork required for Dual Enrollment will be dropped from the course.


Students are considered CTE Pathway completers when they complete two courses in the same pathway with a C or better.  Completing a CTE Pathway is a way for students to prepare themselves to be college and career ready when they graduate from Ukiah High School.  Students who focus on a Pathway acquire the skills necessary for entry into well-paid careers with high potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction.  This planning guide identifies courses that are part of a specific pathway offered at Ukiah High School.  Pathway courses can be found within the CTE section and subject specific sections.  Once a student completes a CTE Pathway they are strongly encouraged to complete a CTE Internship.  See this link for more information about CTE classes. 


Advanced Placement Courses give students the opportunity to take College Board Approved coursework that gives students an AP experience and AP College Credit with the passing of the subject area AP exam with a score of 3 or better.  The courses are taught by AP trained teachers.  Students should research further with individual campuses whether a passing score on specific AP Exams will count toward that particular subject area or toward elective as this varies from campus to campus.


The Seal of Biliteracy is a Seal recognized by the State of California for students demonstrating proficiency in both English and one other language.  The requirements include demonstrating proficiency in the English Language by receiving a Standard on the SBAC assessment in English AND completion of all high school graduation requirements in English with a 2.0 or above overall, attained proficiency level on the ELPAC assessment (for English Learners only).  Additionally, the proficiency in another language can be demonstrated by ONE of the following:  Receive at 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Language Test in a language other than English, completion of a 4-year language course of study with a 3.0 or higher of which an AP Language course is included to demonstrate oral proficiency, OR passing the SAT II Foreign Language Exam with a score of 600 or higher.  Click here for more information on our Seal of Biliteracy Pathways.


A 3 Year Commitment to MESA, FFA, Leadership, Performing Arts, Yearbook, Journalism, Community Service, Academic Team Competitions or Athletics demonstrates dedication to programs available at Ukiah High.  If you have the desire to commit to one of these passions at Ukiah High let your school counselor know!



Bolded Course ID# denotes CSU/UC approved course   

A-G letter denotes which specific A-G requirement is satisfied with that course

(9-12) denotes grades in which a student may take a course.

(Pathway Course) denotes Career Technical Education Pathway Courses 

Courses are listed by subject area.  Subject Areas are highlighted in yellow.

Dual Enrollment denoted in bold with Mendocino College (Dual Enrollment)

Prerequisites listed are courses or grades needed to take the course

Placement listed are courses that require you to place at that level


In order to have the most desired schedule possible, it is important for students to work with their counselor during the normal Spring scheduling cycle. Once schedules are released in August, changes are not guaranteed.  Priority will be given to students who are missing a class for graduation, are in the wrong level, or need a course to complete their A-G requirements, or who completed summer work that impacts their course selection.  Students are expected to take care of these changes prior to the first day of school and will be made based on space in classes.

*Click on the Links for Course Descriptions.  Course Descriptions include information about the class including grade level range, placement, prerequisites, and a course blurb.

Career Technical Education (CTE) Courses Click Here

Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Courses Click Here

English Courses Click Here

Math Courses Click Here

PE Courses Click Here

Science Courses Including CTE Science Options Click Here

Social Science Options Click Here

Special Education Courses Click Here

Support Classes Click Here

World Language Courses Click Here

Additional Courses and Electives Click Here

Please note:  Additions and corrections to the 2022-2023 Planning Guide should be reported to room A-13 for inclusion in next year’s publication.