Plan For Success!

While our guidance counselors meet with every student throughout the year, we encourage students to be proactive about their high school education and beyond. This page provides the information you need to explore college and career options as well as to ensure success during your high school years.

Counseling Center

Success is not a happy accident—it takes careful planning and preparation. At University Park, we work with students and families to develop post-graduation goals and map their path to future success by hosting parent workshops throughout the year. Be sure to watch our calendar for upcoming classes including:

  • Becoming College Ready
  • College Application Process
  • Financial Aid for College

And feel free to contact us at (213) 765-9084 ext. 302 with other college-related concerns. Dr. Hallman is always available to help. 

Graduation Requirements

Students at University Park must meet minimum requirements in order to graduate. These requirements meet and/or exceed California Department of Education standards and admission requirements for the University of California and California State University. We encourage all students to take additional courses beyond those required to be competitive for college admissions. 

One semester equals five credits.

  • 30 credits Career Pathways (3 years)
    • Must include 10 credits of engineering
  • 20 credits college-prep electives (2 years)
    • Must include 10 credits of information technology
  • 40 credits English (4 years)
  • 20 credits foreign language (2 years)
  • 30 credits history/social sciences (3 years)
    • Must include U.S. History and U.S. Government/Civics
  • 40 credits math (4 years)
    • Must include Algebra 1
  • 25 credits physical education (2 ½ years)
    • Must include 1 semester of Health/Life Skills
  • 30 credits science (3 years)
    • Including labs
  • 10 credits visual/performing arts (1 year)
  • Service-learning/business internship

We also encourage students to complete a senior portfolio highlighting their academic record, awards, electives, and extracurricular activities to use when applying for work or college. Each portfolio should also include a resume, letters of recommendation, and a personal goal statement.