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California High School Exit Exam

Current law requires all students to pass an examination (score of 350 or higher in each subject area) in language arts and mathematics in accordance with the statewide academically rigorous content standards adopted by the State Board of Education. The test is mandatory for all students graduating.

Students take the exam for the first time in their sophomore year. They are allowed to retake the exam multiple times in order to be eligible for a diploma. Students have the opportunity to take the test one time in the 10th grade, two times in the 11th grade and up to five times in the 12th grade. However, the results for the May test date are not received in time to qualify the student for participation in the graduation ceremony.

To help students prepare for the CAHSEE exam, the high school offers preparatory classes. Please contact the Assistant Principals office at x2911 or your student's Counselor for more details.

For further information, the California Department of Education provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the California High School Exit Examination.