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Students are required to take four years of English in grades 9-12. The foundation of each course is based on the Common Core State Standards. These standards cover the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. 

The Santa Barbara Unified School District offers two levels of course offerings. College-prep courses prepare students for passing the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), graduating from high school and enrolling in college classes upon graduation. The second level of classes are accelerated and students can earn English college credit in high school. These courses include: advanced placement (AP), international baccalaureate (IB), and Santa Barbara City College dual enrollment courses. College prep and accelerated courses meet the requirements for college entrance.

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy