• Graduation Requirements

    Per the Agua Fria Union District Course Description Guide

    A total of 22 credits are required for the 2020-2021 school year for a student in the Cohort of 2021. And pass the Civics Test. These credits shall be earned as follows:



    English   4 Credits

    English I, English II, English III, English IV 


    Mathematics  4 Credits

    Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one additional math course that includes significant mathematics content)


    Science  3 Credits

    (Biology and two additional lab science courses)


    Social Science  3 Credits

    (World History, Am/AZ History, Government/Free Enterprise)


    Personal Development (P.E. & Health)  1 Credit


    International Languages  1 Credit


    Fine Arts or CTE  2 Credits


    Electives  4 Credits


    22 Total Credits

Senior Checklist

  • College & Career Plan 12th Grade

    All Year

    • Go to college fairs and college preparation presentations hosted by college representatives.
    • Apply for scholarships Keep a list of upcoming dates and deadlines and check back. Those deadlines are passing fast, make sure you give yourself time to process and complete all requirements.
    • Work hard all the way to graduation—second-semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility.
    • Stay involved in after-school activities, and seek leadership roles if possible.
    • If you are taking AP classes, sign up and study for AP tests
    • Check with your counselor to make sure that you are on track and discuss post-secondary plans



    • Narrow your list of colleges to between five and 10.
    • Create a list of pros and cons for each college on your list. Factor in expense, scholarship opportunities, and majors available. Create a list of safety, match, and reach schools to apply to. Apply to the colleges you are interested in, which also meet your needs
    • Plan to visit as many of these colleges as possible.
    • Make a list of qualities that are important to you in making your college decision. Create a set of questions based on those qualities. Meet with admissions counselors and ask all of your questions.
    • Meet with a counselor about your college choices.


    • Write first drafts and ask teachers and others to read them if you’re submitting essays. If you’re applying for an early decision, finish the essays for that application now.
    • Review College Depot’s Essay Tips handout for scholarship and admissions essays on our website here: http://bit.ly/2wFcCTh


    • Ask teachers, coaches, club sponsors, and counselors for recommendations if you need them.
    • It is best to let them know you need a letter at least 1-2 months in advance of the application deadline.
    • Give each recommender an outline/résumé of your academic record and your extracurricular activities.
    • For each recommendation, provide the recommender with all the required information to appropriately send your letter.
    • Well before your college application deadlines, request your official high school transcripts from the high school registrar to be sent to the colleges to which you’re applying.
    • Give the registar the proper forms at least two weeks before the colleges require them.


    • Register for your SAT/ACT if you haven’t already, take it again to increase your score.
    • The most popular test date for Seniors is in
    • Counselors can help you find Fee Waivers. You can take up to 2 ACTs and 2 SATs for free if you qualify for a fee waiver!
    • Taking these tests earlier in the year allows colleges to view your scores, which can help in the admissions process.


    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): To apply for most financial aid, you’ll need to complete the FAFSA. 1 is the first day you can file the FAFSA.
    • After you submit the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks. This document lists your answers to the questions on your FAFSA and gives you some basic information about your aid eligibility. Quickly make any necessary corrections and submit them to the FAFSA processor.


    • Apply to the colleges you have chosen. Prepare your applications carefully. Follow the instructions, and PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DEADLINES!
    • Prepare early decision/early action or rolling admission applications as soon as possible. 1–15: Colleges may require test scores and applications between these dates for early decision admission.



    • Review your college acceptances and compare the colleges’ financial aid offers.
    • Review your financial aid awards: Not all financial aid awards are the same, so it’s important to choose the aid package that’s best for you and your family. Be sure to note what you have to do to continue receiving financial aid from year to year, and how your aid might change in future years.
    • Work with a counselor to resolve any admission or financial aid problems.


    • Contact a school’s financial aid office if you have questions about the aid that the school has offered you.
    • In fact, getting to know your financial aid staff early is a good idea no matter what—they can tell you about deadlines, other aid for which you might wish to apply, and important paperwork you might need to submit.


    • When you decide to inform every college of your acceptance or rejection of the offer of admission and/or financial aid by May 1
    • Colleges cannot require your deposit or your commitment to attend before May 1.
    • Send your deposit to one college only.
    • Talk to your counselor if you have questions.


    • Take any AP® Exams. The first two weeks of May Show what you’ve learned in your AP classes. A successful score could even earn you credit, advanced placement, or both in college.



    • Send your final high school transcript to your college. If you filled out the proper paperwork, the school registrar should have sent it. Check.


    • If you are going to live on campus or away from home: Pack, pack, and pack!
    • Make sure that you have necessities that will make life away from home easier.
    • Think about expenses, try to shop sales, consignment, and thrift stores! Every little bit helps and makes it easier to pay tuition next year!
    • Register for fall college classes. Research the general requirement classes your college requires.


    • Prepare your college book list. Figure out which textbooks can be bought online and which ones you will need to buy from the school bookstore.
    • Look into buying used textbooks or renting instead of buying.
    • You can also resell textbooks at the end of the year. In some cases, it may be best to wait until your professor gives specific instructions for textbooks.




Junior Checklist

  • College & Career Plan 11th Grade

    All Year

    • Go to college fairs and college preparation presentations hosted by college representatives.
    • Get to know your teachers. They will likely be writing college recommendation letters for you.
    • Make lists of your abilities, social/cultural preferences, and personal qualities. List things you may want to study and do in college.
    • Make a file to manage your college search, testing, and application data. If appropriate (for example, if you’re interested in drama, music, art, sports, etc.), start to gather material for a portfolio.
    • Develop a list of 15 or 20 colleges that are of interest to you. You can find many colleges at which you’ll be happy and get a great education. The college search is about exploring who you are and what you want and then finding colleges that will meet your goals.
    • Visit some local colleges — large, small, public, and private. A visit to a college campus can help you decide if that college is right for you. Make a plan ahead of time to get the most from your visit. Attend college fairs, too.
    • Register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center if you are an athlete planning to continue playing a sport in college (ncaaclearinghouse.net).
    • Create a résumé — a record of your academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and work experiences since you started high school.



    • Meet with your high school counselor every year to discuss your progress and future plans. The more your counselor knows about you, the more he or she can help you along the way.
    • Your five-year high school plan
    • Senior Course Selection
    • Post-high-school goals


    • Take the PSAT/NMSQT which is given in October.
    • You must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program.
    • If you plan to ask for testing accommodations (because of a disability), be sure the College Board has approved your eligibility.


    • Take the ASVAB- The ASVAB tests are designed to measure aptitudes in four domains: Verbal, Math, Science and Technical, and Spatial.
    • A multiple-choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces.


    • Take on leadership roles if time allows in your co-curricular activities


    • Sign up to take the ACT in the spring.
    • To prepare for the ACT, you can access free ACT practice tools at ACT.org including thousands of interactive questions, video lessons, practice tests, and more.



    • Take the SAT. The test is typically offered in March, May, and June.
    • Make sure you start preparing for the test several months in advance using the tools available at satpractice.org.
    • And remember, if you’re not happy with your scores when you get them, you might want to test again in the fall.


    • Ask a counselor or teacher about taking the SAT Subject Tests in the spring.
    • You should take them while the course material is still fresh in your mind. You can download The SAT Subject Tests Student Guide, which offers testprep advice, from SATSubjectTests.org.


    • Before leaving school for the summer meet with your counselor if you are considering military academies or ROTC scholarships. If you want a four-year ROTC scholarship, you should begin the application process the summer before your senior year.



    • Get your FSA ID: Before you can fill out your FAFSA, you need to get a username and password (also known as an FSA ID).
    • You’ll use your FSA ID to confirm your identity when accessing your government financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. Learn about the FSA ID, and create yours.

    Note: You must create your own FSA ID; if your parent creates it for you, that’ll cause confusion later and will slow down the financial aid application process. (By the way, you can watch a video about creating your FSA ID)


    • Use the FAFSA4caster financial aid estimator, and compare the results to the actual costs at the colleges to which you will apply. To supplement any aid FAFSA4caster estimates you might receive, be sure to apply for scholarships. Your goal is to minimize the number of loan funds you borrow so you have less to pay back later.
    • Find a part-time job, or participate in a summer camp or summer college program.


    • Narrow down the list of colleges you are considering attending. If you can, visit the schools that interest you.


    • Start applying-many university applications open in July


Sophomore Checklist

  • College & Career Plan 10th Grade

    All Year

    • Update your four-year high school plan. Review your plan to align it with your courses and post-high school goals


    • Take the PSAT/NMSQT. Although this test is usually given in the 11th grade, it is also often offered in the 10th grade. That’s because it provides valuable feedback through the Student Score Report. You can then work on any of your academic weaknesses while there is still plenty of time to make improvements.


    • Continue to participate in meaningful co-curricular activities. If the activity you’re interested in doesn’t exist in your high school, start a new club! Co-curricular activities can help you develop time management skills and enrich your high school experience.
    • If you need to work to help support your family or take care of a family member, colleges understand and will take that into consideration
    • If you’re interested in playing sports in college, research the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility requirements. The NCAA requires completion of certain core courses; you can find the specifics at net.


    • Meet with your high school counselor again to discuss your progress and future plans. The more your counselor knows about you, the more he or she can help you along the way.
    • Your four-year high school plan
    • Junior Course Selection
    • Post-high-school goals


    • Attend a West-MEC Open House Events - West-MEC is a Career Technical Education (CTE) program school that prepares students to enter the workforce and pursue continuing education. Program applications open in the fall for junior and senior programs.



    • Attend CVHS Annual Spring College & Career Fair
    • Meet and speak with college representatives and local career agencies
    • Consider your CVHS Career Pathway when visiting with reps.


    • Are you interested in attending a U.S. military academy? If so, you should request a precandidate questionnaire.


    • Tour college campuses. If possible, take advantage of vacation or other family travel time to visit colleges and see what they’re like. Even if you have no interest in attending the college you are visiting, it will help you learn what to look for in a college.


    • Participate in summer enrichment programs offered by organizations and colleges. Look for programs that offer financial assistance.


Freshman Checklist

  • College & Career Plan 9th Grade

    All Year

    • Create a four-year high school plan. Think about what you’d like to accomplish in the next four years.
    • Make sure you know which high school courses are required by colleges and that you’re taking the right classes as early as the ninth grade. You can ask your counselor about what those “right” classes are.
    • Get to know the levels of courses offered by your school.


    • Participate in co-curricular activities. Academics aren’t everything. Explore your interest in a sport, school club, music or drama group, or community volunteer activity.
    • Remember that colleges would rather see real involvement in one activity instead of a loose connection to several.
    • If you’re interested in playing sports in college, research the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility requirements. The NCAA requires completion of certain core courses; you can find the specifics at net.


    • Meet with your high school counselor. Your counselor knows how to help you get the most out of high school. Be sure to take some time during the school year to discuss
    • Your four-year high school plan
    • Sophomore Course Selection
    • Post-high-school goals


    • Start thinking about your life after school, including the types of jobs that might interest you. Identify your strengths & interests —skills,  likes, and dislikes — not just in classes but also in every area. Take the Strength Explore and Learning Styles assessment in Naviance. This will help you focus on your goals.
    • Talk to other people, such as your school counselor, teachers, recent college graduates who are working, professionals in the community, etc., about careers you might find interesting.


    • Attend CVHS Spring College & Career Fair
    • Meet and speak with college representatives and local career agencies
    • Consider your CVHS Career Pathway when visiting with reps.


    • Start a list of your awards, honors, paid and volunteer work, and extracurricular activities. Update it throughout high school.
    • Keep your running list in an easily accessible location such as your Google Drive
    • You will need the information you’ve gathered during your senior year while applying to colleges and scholarships


    • Save for college. It’s not too late to put money aside for college. Every little bit helps! Learning about financial aid early on can also help you down the road.
    • Work with one of your parents to estimate your financial aid using FAFSA4caster and be sure to save for college.


    • Explore summer opportunities. Summer Enrichment Program applications open and close early in the spring. Look for a job, internship, or volunteer position that will help you learn about a field of interest.