To graduate from high school, Russell Westbrook Why Not? High School  (RWWNHS) students must earn a minimum of 210 credits.

The recommended graduation requirements are outlined in  the table below:
High school graduation requirements may vary by the school with approval from the LA Promise Fund Schools Committee.

The A-G requirements are the minimum requirements for admission into the California State  University (“CSU”) or University of California (“UC”) system.

From 9th to 10th : 50 semester credits
From 10th to 11th : 100 semester credits
From 11th to 12th : 160 semester credits



A) History/Social Science
Two years of history/social science,  including:
One year of world history, cultures, and geography (maybe a single yearlong course or two one-semester courses), and one year of U.S. history or one-half year of  U.S. history and one-half year of civics or  American government.

Credits Required for Graduation: 30 Credits                                                 RWWNHS Course  Offerings :

  • World History
  • US History
  • AP US History


B) English
Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent writing, from brainstorming to final paper, as well as reading of classic and modern literature.  No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.
(RWWNHS Students may  substitute one year of Designated ELD  3A/B or Designated ELD 4A/B for English  9 for credit toward this requirement)

Credits Required for Graduation: 40 Credits

RWWNHS Course  Offerings :

  • Common Core English/Language Arts 9
  • Common Core English/Language Arts 10
  • Common Core English 11
  • Common Core English 12


C) Mathematics
Three years (four years recommended) of college-preparatory mathematics that includes the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement.

Credits Required for Graduation: 30 Credits

RWWNHS Course  Offerings :

  • Integrated Math I
  • Integrated Math II
  • Integrated Math III
  • Statistics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • AP Calculus


D) Laboratory science
Two years (three years recommended) of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry and physics. The final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects may be used to fulfill this  requirement.

Credits Required for Graduation: 20 Credits

RWWNHS Course  Offerings :

  • The Living Earth
  • Chemistry in the Earth System
  • Physics in the Universe
  • STEM Elective
  • Environmental Studies


E) Language other than English

Two years, or equivalent to the 2nd level of high school instruction, of the same language other than English is required.
(Three years/3rd level of high school instruction recommended). Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding,  and include instruction in grammar,  vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. American Sign Language and classical languages, such as Latin and  Greek, are acceptable.

Credits Required for Graduation: 20 Credits

RWWNHS Course  Offerings :



F)Visual and Performing Arts

One yearlong course of visual and  performing arts chosen from the following:  dance, drama/theater, music or visual art


Credits Required for Graduation: 20 Credits

RWWNHS Sample Course  Offerings :

  • Intro to Digital Video
  • Fundamentals of Mass Media
  • Fundamentals of Digital Audio Design
  • Stage Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Filmmaking 1
  • Filmmaking 2
  • Photography 1
  • Photography 2
  • Photography Production
  • Cartooning and Animation
  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Theatre/Play Production


G) College-Preparatory Elective

One year (two semesters), in addition to  those required in “a-f” above, chosen from  the following areas: visual and performing  arts (non-introductory-level courses),  history, social science, English, advanced  mathematics, laboratory science and  language other than English (a third year in  the language used for the “e” requirement  or two years of another language)

Credits Required for Graduation: 40 Credits

RWWNHSSample Course  Offerings :

  • Any non-introductory  “F” course, additional  core class, or world  language class


Additional School Requirements

Physical Education

Credits Required for Graduation: 10 Credits

RWWNHSCourse  Offerings :

  • PE 9

Transfer students

Transfer students who have failed required coursework at their former school will be enrolled in credit recovery classes. Transfer students who arrive from schools with less rigorous graduation requirements, and are consequently in danger of not meeting the requirements of LAPCHS#1,  may utilize elective periods to fill in the requirement gaps. Counseling  staff or the school Principal must clear this coursework for transfer before the credits will be applied toward graduation.

Graduation Requirements for Students with an IEP, 504 Plan, or ILP

Students with an IEP or 504 Plan
A student with an active IEP or 504 Plan is eligible to graduate under the Minimum Graduation Requirements if:

● the student’s IEP or 504 Plan indicates that the student is scheduled to receive a high school diploma by fulfilling RWWNHS Minimum Graduation Requirements; and

● the student’s IEP or 504 Plan indicates how the student’s disability or suspected disability adversely impacts the student’s progress towards meeting regular graduation requirements.