academics grad requirements

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet or exceed all the following requirements in order to be eligible for graduation:

  • Have no “F” on the transcript that has not been remedied.
  • Complete the specified Christian service hours required for each grade level (See Christian Service)
  • No outstanding HW Jugs
  • No outstanding fees

Verbum Dei High School meets, and in some cases exceeds, the minimum requirements for the UC/CSU system. Below is a chart showing what is required for graduation at Verbum Dei High School, based on the requirements of the Cristo Rey Network and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:

Category & Subject Years

  • History / Social Science 3
  • English 4
  • Mathematics (Algebra 1 and higher) 4
  • Science 3
  • Language Other than English 2
  • Visual & Performing Arts 1
  • Theology* 4
  • Health/PE 1
  • CWSP* 4
  • Elective 1

*Transfer students are not required to earn Religion, Computer or CWSP credits for the years during which they did not attend a Catholic high school or Cristo Rey Network high school.

Participation in Commencement

Participation in Commencement Exercises is a privilege. A student may participate in commencement exercises with one F on their transcript, although the student is not eligible for a diploma. A student earning two or more failing grades will not be allowed to participate in commencement exercises. In addition to academic achievement, students must also demonstrate behaviors consistent with the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation. Therefore, the administration reserves the right to prohibit students from participating in any graduation activities.

Honors at Graduation

The Valedictorian, Salutatorian and other honorees are recommended by faculty and administration. Final approval is made by the Principal of Verbum Dei. The Valedictorian normally must have achieved an overall grade point average that is within the top 10% of his class. The Valedictorian also must have demonstrated outstanding achievement in incorporating the Grad at Grad in all aspects of his life. The Salutatorian is to be the graduating senior who is runner-up in the Valedictorian selection process.

Academic Honors

Academic Honors normally are conferred upon graduating seniors according to the following standards of excellence in scholastic achievement (Overall Cumulative GPA):

  • Summa Cum Laude 3.7-4.0
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.4-3.69
  • Cum Laude 3.0-3.39