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 Gabrielino High School – Ninth Grade Registration Information

For the 2017-2018 School Year


Welcome to Gabrielino! We are excited about the opportunities that await you. In order to prepare for your meeting with your counselor, please be aware of the information below, and use the information to help pick your classes for next year.


All ninth grade students are required to take six classes. A seven period day may be an option for some students, depending on the additional class. Please be aware that the extra class is considered “zero period” and begins at 7:00 am.


All ninth graders are enrolled automatically into the following classes:


  • Physical Education or Sport
  • Biology*
  • College Preparatory Transition/Health
  • Math*
  • English**


This leaves room for one elective choice (possibly 2 electives if a zero period is desired).


* Appropriate math and science placement will be determined by the GHS math or science department, and will be based on student achievement, including grades, the MDTP test, and Smarter Balanced test.


** Students will have the opportunity to test for Honors English placement at a later date. Students who are designated English Language Learners will be placed in the appropriate level of English based on their fluency level.


We ask that each freshman choose their elective from the list below. Descriptions for each of these courses is available online at the Gabrielino Website, under the “Academics” tab. Classes with a “*” require teacher approval. Classes with a (P) meet the A-G college entrance requirements.


Foreign Language

Spanish 1 (P)

Spanish 2 (P)*

Mandarin 1 (P)

Mandarin 2 (P)*

Visual and Performing Art (VAPA)/ Career Technical Education (CTE)

Introduction to Art (P)

Concert Band (P)*

Pageantry (zero period course)*

Orchestra (P)*

Marching Band (zero period course)*

Vocal Ensemble (P)

Show Choir (P)*

Beginning Drama (P)

Woodshop AB

BASIC Comp Prog (P)


Journalism *

Yearbook *

Beginning Speech

Peer Helping *

Counselors (by students' last names):

A-Dug and new enrollments       Ms. Hagge
Duh-La                                          Ms. Bustamante
Le-Nea                                          Ms. Borja
Neb-Thae                                      Ms. Ly
Thai-Z                                            Mr. Saporito
College/Career                             Mrs. Machado


The goal of the counseling department is to schedule every student for success.  The counselor, student, and family will consider each student’s goals and aspirations, prior testing, past classroom performance, and level of courses in planning for each year’s course of study. 


A maximum of 40 credits (8 classes) may be taken in a semester.


If you would like to schedule an appointment with the student’s counselor, please call the GHS Student Center, 626-573-2453.



English = 4 years (2 semesters and 10 credits each year)
Mathematics = 2 years (including Algebra)
World History = 1 year
U.S. History = 1 year
Government = 1 semester /Economics = 1 semester
Life Science course = 1 year (Biology or higher)
Physical Science course = 1 year (Chemistry or higher)
Physical Education = 2 years (PE, athletics)
CTE or Fine Arts or Foreign Language = 1 year
Electives = 70 credits (each semester of any course is worth 5 credits).



The UC and CSU systems have identical entrance requirements which are known as the A-G requirements.  They are as follows, for both systems:

  • requirement is two (2) years of history/social science
  • requirement is four (4) years of English
  • requirement is three (3) years of mathematics with at least Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2
  • requirement is two (2) years of laboratory science (1 year of life science and 1 year of physical science)
  • requirement is two (2) years or level 2 of the same foreign language
  • requirement is one (1) year of visual/performing arts (drama, choir, music, oral interpretation, or art)
  • requirement is one (1) year of college prep elective


These are the minimum entrance requirements for both systems.  The UC/CSU systems have always and will continue to recommend that students take an additional year of mathematics, science, and foreign language.  The UC’s also expect students to be enrolled in mathematics in their senior year.


The majority of private universities have the same eligibility requirements as the UC/CSU systems although some may recommend an additional year or two in foreign language, math, or science. Students are encouraged to research the individual private university websites through Naviance for their requirements in order to plan their high school courses accordingly.  We encourage students to discuss their interest in private universities with their counselor and parents as early as possible.



The San Gabriel Unified School District prohibits unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student by anyone, based on the student's actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status or pregnancy, physical or mental disability,  sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics at any district school, school activity, program and/or employment. All inquiries or concerns regarding discrimination, equity and Title IX complaints or issues should be directed to the Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services (Discrimination/Equity and Title IX Coordinator) at (616) 451-5400, 408 Junipero Serra Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776.