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Middle school

Middle school

Read books, get good grades, and prepare for high school.

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9th Grade

9th Grade

Start taking “a-g” courses and aim for As and Bs.

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10th Grade

10th Grade

Challenge yourself with college prep English and Geometry or Algebra II.

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11th Grade

11th Grade

Explore the CSU campuses and register for the SAT or ACT.

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12th Grade

12th Grade

Send in your CSU application early and finish out the year strong! Applications are accepted October 1 through November 30.

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Get Involved

Get Involved

Follow your interests and help your local community by volunteering.

Learn more about volunteering

a-g Courses

a-g Courses

The California State University requires the following college preparatory pattern of classes for admission:

  1. History and Social Science
    2 years (1 year of U.S. History and 1 year of Social Science)
  2. English
    4 years required
  3. Math
    3 years (4 years recommended)
  4. Laboratory Science
    2 years with a lab class
  5. Language other than English
    2 years of the same language
  6. Visual and Performing Arts
    1 year
  7. College Preparatory Electives
    1 year of any college preparatory subject

For more information on a-g requirements, visit Cal State Apply.

Brush up on your English and math skills at the CSU Success website.

Helpful tips

Helpful tips

Developing strong study skills and time management will help you get through school and succeed in life!

  • Pay attention in class
  • Take good notes
  • Eat well and get rest
  • Read all assignments
  • Form a study group to test your knowledge with your friends

Check out these other helpful tips:

Successful study techniques

Find resources for homework

Tips for writing effectively

Improve your critical thinking

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