High School Graduation
California high school students in foster care have the highest dropout rate and lowest graduation rate among any at-risk student subgroup. East Bay Children’s Law Office’s Education Advocacy Program assists Alameda County foster youth in achieving their high school completion goals by helping them to identify the different paths to graduation available to them.
Are There Reduced Credit Requirements Under AB 167/216?
Foster youth who transfer schools any time after completion of their second year of high school
Click here to view California’s minimum high school graduation requirements.
Do You Have a Right to Partial Credits?
California high schools are required to accept and award partial credits for any coursework satisfactorily completed by foster youth even if the youth transfers schools prior to completion of the course. Foster youth are not required to retake courses or portions of courses they have already completed at another school.
How Does AB167/216 Affect College Admissions?
Both the UC and CSU systems require applicants to have completed UC-approved “A-G” coursework requirements prior to admission. Foster youth should be aware that these requirements are more extensive than the reduced credit requirements under AB167/216 and chose coursework accordingly. Schools are not permitted to prevent foster youth from taking or retaking courses required for admission to UC and CSU schools.
EBCLO’s High School Graduation Toolkit
Foster Youth Graduation Exemption Requirements Fact Sheet
This Fact Sheet outlines graduation requirements for foster youth and potential exemptions to local requirements.
Transition Services to Support College and Career Fact Sheet
This Fact Sheet shares resources to help youth complete high school and transition into college and career.
Know Your RIghts
It can be challenging for youth and young adults to know the rights that they have. This page is a great start.
Transition Aged Youth (TAY)
EBCLO works with many TAY, and we’ve compiled tips for young people who are participating in extended foster care or want to return to extended foster care.