Indio High School Graduation Requirements 

Each year students take what are called "core" classes. These classes are required for every student who receives a diploma from the Desert Sands Unified School District. To graduate, students need 220 total credits. In addition, beginning with the class of 2006, students must also pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).*see below*


CAHSEE + 220 Required Credits = Graduation Requirements!

The required classes are as follows:

Social Studies:
3 years (30 credits)

  • 10th grade - World History (one year - 10 credits)
  • 11th grade - U.S. History (one year - 10 credits)
  • 12th grade - American Gov't (one semester - 5 credits)
  • 12th grade - Economics (one semester - 5 credits)

English: 4 years (40 credits)

  • English I
  • English II
  • English III
  • English IV

Math:  3 years (30 credits) This began with the class of 2010.

  • Algebra I
  • Other (example: Geometry)
  • Other

Science: 2 years (20 credits)

  • One year of life science (Biology)
  • One year of physical science ( Chemistry , Physics , or Earth Science)
  • bold = Meets A-G requirements to attend a 4 year school

Fine Art or Foreign Language: 1 year (10 credits)

  • one full year of the same visual or performing art or one full year of a foreign language

Physical Education: 2 years (20 credits)

Electives: (70 credits or as many elective credit you need to meet the 220 total credits)

**Credits are gained by completing a semester (or more) of coursework and achieving a passing grade of a "D" or higher. Students who receive an "F" grade receive ZERO credit for that entire semester!


California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

Math and English Tested

Passing with a score of 350 - 379

Proficient with a score of 380+