A-G Courses

(As taken from the University of California Website)

To be considered for admission, you must complete 15 year-long high school courses with a grade of C or better — at least 11 of them prior to your senior year.

The intent of the “a-g” subject requirements is to ensure that students have attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study.

Courses from California high schools used to satisfy the “a-g” subject requirements must be certified by UC and appear on the school’s “a-g” course list. These courses are to be academically challenging, involving substantial reading, writing, problems and laboratory work (as appropriate), and show serious attention to analytical thinking, factual content and developing students’ oral and listening skills.

Keep in mind that taking approved high school (“a-g”) courses isn’t the only way to satisfy these requirements. You also may meet them by completing college courses or earning certain scores on SAT, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.

A) History/social science Two years, including one year of world history, cultures and historical geography and one year of U.S. history, or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of American government or civics.
B) English Four years of college preparatory English that includes frequent and regular writing, reading of classic and modern literature, and practice listening and speaking.
C) Mathematics Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.
D) Laboratory science Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
E) Language other than English Two years of the same language other than English or equivalent to the second-level of high school instruction.
F) Visual and performing arts One year, including dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.
G) College-preparatory elective One year chosen from the “a-f” courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely for use as “g” electives.

Every year, LGA will include in its Course Catalog all of the AP classes that will be offered.  This will help students prepare for the AP exam they will take as well.  Please click on the image below to learn more about AP exams.

College Board - Advanced Placement Courses