High School Planner Instructions

ADDING SCHOOLS

To start the High School Planner, first select the high school you are attending and any high schools previously attended.

To select your high school, click the 'add' button under My High Schools. In the new browser window, you may search for your school by school name or city in the search box or browse through the alphabetical lists. Select the school and click the 'Ok' button.

If your high school is not on the list, click 'Not On List' button and type in the name of your school.

If you attend high school in California, be sure to find your school from the list rather than typing in the school name. Selecting a California school from the list allows the Planner to use real course information from your school so that you do not have to manually enter all courses.

ADDING COURSEWORK

In Areas A through G, enter all college preparatory high school courses that you have completed, that you are currently enrolled in, or that you plan to complete prior to enrollment at a CSU campus. Click the “add” button on each screen to add courses for that Area.

HELPFUL HINTS

HONORS/AP/IB COURSES

You may claim honors points in calculating the GPA for a maximum of eight semester courses taken in the 11th or 12th grade, including up to two IB, AP or honors courses with 11th- or 12th-grade course content taken in the 10th grade.

Honors courses must be designated as honors or advanced placement on the University of California's a-g list. Your counselor can help you determine which courses are considered honors. Make sure that you indicate the type of honors course taken and the terms for which honors credit was granted.

COLLEGE COURSES (BACCALAUREATE-LEVEL)

SUBJECT MATTER VALIDATION

For all courses in Mathematics (Area C), all courses in Foreign Language (Area E), and for all Chemistry courses in Area D2, if you receive a grade of D in the first semester and a grade of C or higher in the second semester, you will receive two semesters of credit.

Additionally, CSU policy only allows for two (2) semesters worth of credit for Algebra I-classified classes, regardless of how many semesters were taken. This applies to two-year Algebra I classes offered at some high schools.

Satisfactory completion of a final year of study validates prior study in math, chemistry, and languages other than English. Completion of an advanced course in the same subject presupposes knowledge of the previous course(s).

For example, satisfactory completion of a second year of foreign language will validate the first year. The second year of algebra will validate first-year algebra but will not validate geometry. The CSU high school requirement in mathematics (algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra) may be validated with higher-level college preparatory mathematics courses such as trigonometry, analytic geometry, and calculus. Integrated math studies that appear on the UC "a-g" list will satisfy the subject requirements certified.

REPEATED COURSES

Enter only information for the course in which you received the higher grade.

SUMMER COURSEWORK

For courses taken in the summer, select the grade level AFTER the summer you took the course in (e.g., Geometry taken between the 9th and 10th grades is listed as a 10th grade class).

If the course was worth one semester of credit, enter the grade in summer semester 1. If the course was worth a year of credit but you only received one grade, enter the same grade in both summer semester 1 and summer semester 2.

WAIVER OF LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH REQUIREMENT

SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS SATISFIED BY ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTS

SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS SATISFIED BY SAT SUBJECT TESTS

* Please do not claim SAT subject test credit when you have already completed the appropriate high school or college course(s).

Subject Area Exam Name Minimum Score
Required
Social Sciences/US History/Government American History 520
Social Sciences/US History/Government World History 470
English Writing Test 680
Mathematics Mathematics Level I 540
Mathematics Mathematics Level II 510
Laboratory Science Biology 540
Laboratory Science Chemistry or Physics 530
Foreign Language Chinese 460
Foreign Language French or French with Listening 490
Foreign Language German or German with Listening 460
Foreign Language Modern Hebrew 440
Foreign Language Italian 460
Foreign Language Japanese 460
Foreign Language Korean 460
Foreign Language Latin 480
Foreign Language Spanish or Spanish with Listening 460

HIGH SCHOOLS WITH A BLOCK SYSTEM

If your school uses a block system (full year course completed in one half of a school year), list the course name once and final grade earned twice. Select the Semester term type.

HIGH SCHOOLS WITH A TRIMESTER SYSTEM

If your school uses a trimester system where three grades are given for a year-long course, please note the following:

HIGH SCHOOLS WITH A QUARTER SYSTEM

If the four quarter grades convert to two semester grades on your transcript, enter the semester grades and select "Semester" as the term type.

If four separate grades are recorded on your transcript, enter all four grades into the fall, spring, summer 1, and summer 2 and select "Quarter" as the term type.

HIGH SCHOOLS WITH YEAR-LONG COURSES

If you are on a yearly schedule (receiving a grade once for a year-long class), specify each course grade twice. For example, if you received an "A" for the course, enter the grade into both Fall semester and Spring semester.

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