FRESNO CALIFORNIA ACADEMY
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In planning a course of study, students should consult with their advisors, speak with current teachers for placement recommendations, review the course of study guide for updated requirements, and complete a four-year academic planning guide. Rising seniors should also consult with their college counsellor. In general, each course of study should
meet all graduation requirements;
create a well-rounded, balanced experience;
match strengths with appropriate challenges, and develop in less confident areas; and
provide opportunities and enthusiasm for growth, exploration, and risk taking.
Yearly course selections should be made with a four-year program of courses in mind.
Graduation Requirements in FCA:
Academic Credits: 21 (1 year-long course = 1 credit)
Students need also fulfil departmental requirements:
English: 4 credits
Mathematics: 3 credits
Science: 3 credits of lab sciences, including Biology
History & Social Science: 2 credits, including US History and Civics
Modern & Classical Language: 2 credits, through Level 3 of a language.
Arts: 2 credits in any combination of Music or Visual Arts
Elective Courses: 5 credits in any combination of courses from any department, excluding required courses
Community Service: 40 hours, prior to beginning the Senior Internship
Senior Internship Project: Successful Completion
Athletics/Co-Curricular: 4 years, 2 years per season.
FCA strongly recommends the following course of studies:
4 years of English
4 years of Mathematics
4 years of a Modern or Classical language
3-4 years of Science
3-4 years of History & Social Science
years of Music
1-2 years of Visual Arts
The required minimum for each semester’s work is five 5 academic courses. Students are strongly encouraged to take 6 academic courses each semester through junior year. FCA strongly recommends that students not take more than 6 academic classes so that they have an open block in their schedule for doing school work, pursuing extra help, or for taking advantages of other opportunities on campus.