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The California State University

9th Grade

Take elective courses that meet the CSU’s admissions standards:

  • Take the “a-g” courses listed at right to meet the CSU’s admission requirements: college prep English, Algebra I or Geometry, and a foreign language.
  • Aim for As and Bs in all your classes; focus on homework and develop good study skills.
  • Begin or update your Academic Planner on California Colleges.
  • Take elective courses that meet the CSU’s admissions standards:
    • History
    • English
    • Math
    • Science
    • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Join clubs, play sports and volunteer. This is a good way to develop and expand your interests.
  • Explore different career options.

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.

10th Grade

10th Grade

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

More about 10th grade

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

Prepare and Apply

Prepare and Apply

Use California Colleges to set up your Academic Planner. If you are an undocumented student, learn more about the admissions process.

Visit Cal State Apply to compare colleges and apply to the CSU.

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