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Pathway to College

The following year-by-year course selections, admissions tests, and college preparation activities are recommended for students planning to attend the University of California (UC), the California State University (CSU), or other highly selective private and independent universities.  While admission requirements are not the same for all colleges and universities, a strong academic program, along with focused extracurricular activities and community service always give students the best chance of being admitted to the school of their choice. Also see the Half Moon Bay High School Student Planning Guide for a suggested course of study.


The "a-g" Subject Requirements
The college preparatory course pattern is also known as the a-g subject requirements. The University of California is responsible for reviewing high school courses in the state of California to certify that they meet the college preparatory standard. To satisfy the UC subject requirements, students must complete 15 units of UC-approved high school coursework. (A unit is equal to an academic year, or two semesters, of study - which would be a total of 30 semesters or 150 credits in the HMBHS system.) Beginning with the class of 2012, 11 units of coursework must be completed by the end of junior year. Check out the site below for the “a-g” Subject Requirements link for more information, as well as to view the list of courses at HMBHS that fulfill them. 


Should focus on academics and extracurricular activities. The 9th grade is a critical year in terms of social and academic adjustment. Encourage students to get involved at school in whatever ...more


Students should not only continue to focus on academics and extracurricular/volunteer activities, they should increase in their rigor and responsibilities. This can look like Advanced/AP Courses as ...more


Continue to focus on academics and extracurricular/volunteer activities. This is perhaps the most important year in terms of the college application process. For most colleges (i.e. the UC and CSU ...more


The summer between the Junior and Senior year is the most important time to seriously research which colleges you might be interested in. HMBHS students have access to NAVIANCE, a one-stop shop for ...more