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Competitive colleges look for students who have gone above and beyond the minimum requirements. While an Extended Studies Diploma is a local award and does not guarantee college admission, the higher level courses and the extent of commitment required will certainly enhance a student’s profile when applying to college.

To be eligible to receive a School District Five Extended Studies Diploma, a student must earn 28 units and perform 10 hours of community service work each year. Students are responsible for annually verifying community service.

  English Language Arts   4 units
  Math (including Alg 1, Geometry, Alg 2)   4 units
  Science (lab sciences)   4 units
  U.S. History and Constitution   1 unit
  Economics   1/2 unit
  U. S. Government   1/2 unit
  Elective Social Studies   2 units
  World Language (same language)   3 units
  Physical Education (PE), Band w/ (PE) or ROTC   1 unit
  Computer Science   1 unit
  CATE or Visual or Performing Art   1 unit
  Electives   6 units

COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK (10 hours each year)

Verification forms are available in the School Counseling Office or you can obtain here: Extended Studies Community Service Form .  These should be submitted annually to the appropriate counselor by May 1 during the 9th, 10th, 11th grade years, and by March 30 during the senior year.

The requirement of community service may be met in a variety of ways.  Community service projects will take place at times other than during the school day.  Examples of typical community service projects include such activities as the following: 

  • Working with community groups to build homes for families through such groups as Habitat for Humanity

  • Volunteering with such groups as Red Cross

  • Helping with environmental issues such as Adopt-a- Highway or Keep America Beautiful

  • Caring for elderly citizens

  • Candy-striping at a hospital

  • Working on a clean-up day at an orphanage

  • Serving meals with community groups such as Meals on Wheels

  • Raising funds to support a community group in such events as Multiple Sclerosis or Cancer Walkathon

  • Volunteering at the fire department

  • Working with Special Olympics

  • Other similar community service projects as approved by the principal or his/her designee.