Preparation for College
Our graduation requirements are aligned with the minimum course requirements for most four-year colleges. Students are kept on-track with a demanding core course curriculum. Colleges pay close attention to the courses students select and complete in high school and along with GPA, the rigor of a student’s course curriculum are the two most important factors in the admission review. We want our students to have success in their admission process, but more importantly we want to set students up for success in their college courses. When appropriate, students should challenge themselves to take courses that exceed the minimum requirements.
The University of California and the Cal State University require a minimum 15-unit pattern of courses for admission as a first-time freshman referred to as the UC/CSU A-G course requirements. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. A grade of C- or better is required for each course you use to meet any subject requirement.
|Number of Years
|History and Social Science
|3 (4 years recommended, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher)
|2 (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science)
|Language (other than English)
|2 (2 years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable)
|Visual and Performing Arts
|1 (dance, theater, music, or visual art)
|College Preparatory Elective
|1 (additional year chosen from the above areas)
Each year, DLS submits our coursework for approval. Click the following link to view the current year UC/CSU approved course list.
We provide a comprehensive and robust College Counseling program. The Co-Directors of College Counseling are specialists in the college planning and admission process. Class presentations begin in the fall of sophomore year. College evening programs for parents and students begin with the Frosh/Soph College Night in the spring semester.
Our College Advisory program starts with three weekly sessions in the spring semester of our student's Junior Year, during 7th period. All seniors are required to take College Advisory for Seniors. These classes happen during 7th period. The purpose of College Advisory is to provide timely and essential college application information to our seniors in small groups on a consistent basis.
Visit our College Counseling webpage for more information about our program.
Students and parents are always welcome to contact the Co-Directors of College Counseling with questions about the college search, selection, and application process.