Golden Valley Charter School

An intro to High School

High School at Golden Valley Charter School – Introductory Information

The following items will provide you with an introduction to some key elements of the GVCS high school program. Your EF will also go over these items with you.


Your EF will provide you with a High School Course Catalog. 

Plan to talk with your student and EF about college/career goals and a course load will be designed to fit those expectations. Be sure to let your EF know if those goals change. Course selections will be reviewed each semester.

All non-elective courses must be selected out of the GVCS High School Course Catalog. Electives may be selected out of the catalog or they may be created. Created courses must be submitted for approval prior to beginning the course.

Students must register for their courses each semester/year. A signed Course Selections form is used to register a student for his/her courses. Any changes to courses must be immediately communicated to the EF.

A student may drop a class through the end of the 6th week of the semester and/or change subject level (e.g. a-g to regular) through the end of the 10th week of the semester. Any course not dropped by the end of the 6th week will appear on the student’s transcript.

Students must maintain a minimum course load of 25 credits. A student that attempts more than 40 credits must save all of his/her work in every subject for evaluation and portfolio review.

All students must take and pass an approved Algebra 1 course. If this was not completed in middle school then it must be taken in high school.

All students must take at least one semester-length high school course in any subject area utilizing an online curriculum.

GVCS has certain course enrollment requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled in math and English in 9th and 10th grade.
  • Students must be enrolled in World History in 9th or 10th grade.
  • Students must be enrolled in United States History in 11th grade.
  • One year of a physical science and one year of a life science must be completed prior to the end of 11th grade.

Grades for AP and Honors courses are weighted. Keep in mind that, depending on the final grade, a weighted grade can have either a relatively significant positive or negative impact on the academic GPA.

The “a-g requirements” are a sequence of high school courses required for admission to the University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU). High school students must complete the entire required pattern of a-g courses in order to be eligible for admission to any UC or CSU campus.

  • A GVCS student may meet the UC/CSU a-g requirements through a combination of (1) online courses (2) community college courses and/or (3) AP or SAT testing options. UC/CSU does not allow the use of fully online courses for Visual/Performing Arts or Lab Science.
  • Please consult with your EF for more details about meeting the requirements for eligibility for admission to the UC and/or CSU system.

A “Basics” level class should only be taken with the following understanding:

  • A 4-year university or even another high school may not recognize basics credits. Many colleges view Basics courses as remedial, not rigorous enough for them to recognize credits earned in these courses. 
  • GVCS excludes the Basics course grade from the student’s GPA.  An “A” earned in a Basics course is not factored into the GPA, and thus does not help to balance out lower grades.

Community college courses may be taken above and beyond the minimum of 25 high school credits at GVCS. If desired and applicable, college course work may be used to meet a GVCS graduation requirement. Content of the community college course must be checked before the start of the course to insure it meets standards for the desired high school grad requirement, and an official college transcript must be submitted to GVCS at the conclusion of college semester in order to receive the high school credit.

  • If a college course is used for high school credit, it may not be available as college transfer credit in the future.