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Take Control of Your Future!
Do you want more knowledge, more job opportunities, and a lot more money?  College is for you! The world is changing everyday and it is harder to find well paying jobs if you do not have a college degree ...so if you want the freedom to choose a good career and earn a high salary, then you should start preparing for college while you are still in middle school.
Be Prepared
Right now is the best time to prepare for college.  During the next four years, you need to take the right courses, including Algebra in the 8th grade, to help you get into the college that best suits your needs.  The chart below lists the minimum courses that are required for freshman admission to the California State University, the University of California, and many independent colleges and universities.  This pattern of courses is the same as recommended for community colleges. 
High School Planning Chart
Requirement (A-G Courses)                        
 Years Required
A. History/Social Science
U.S. History, U.S. Government, Civics, World History Cultures, and Geography
 2 Years. One year U.S. History or 1/2 year U.S. History and 1/2 year of U.S. Civics or American Government. CSU requires one additional year of Social Science. UC requires one additional year of World History, Cultures and Geography. UC requires one year of History/Social Science completed by the end of the 11th grade
 B. English
 4 Years of college preparatory English composition and literature. UC requires a minimum of two years of English - three preferable - completed by the end of the 11th grade.
 C. Mathematics
Algebra, Geometry, Intermediate Algebra, or Higher Level Mathematics
  3 Years. Four years recommended. Algebra in the 8th grade recommended. UC requires two years of Mathematics to be completed by the end of the 11th grade.
 D. Laboratory Science
 2 Years. CSU requires one year of Biological Science and one year of Physical Science. UC recommends three years with at least two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics. UC requires at least one year of Laboratory Science to be completed by the end of 11th grade.
 E. Language Other Than English (Foreign Language)
 2 Years. UC recommends three years. American Sign Language is acceptable. UC requires one year to be completed by the end of the 11th grade.
 F. Visual & Performing Arts
Dance, Drama/Theater, Music, Visual Art
 1 Year of the same course.
 G. College Preparatory Electives
1 One additional year of academic courses in any of the above A-G areas or a year of another approved alternative elective.
UC requires at least 11 of the A-G courses to be completed by the end of the 11th grade.