School & program information
California high schools are eligible to establish an “a-g” course list if they are a diploma-granting institution and are accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
Charter schools & networks
Dependent charter, independent charter and charter school networks can all establish "a-g" course lists. Depending on the relationship of the charter school to their district or school network, the school can add to their "a-g" course list approved courses from other high schools within their district or network without undergoing a full course review.
Nonclassroom-based / independent study schools
The University defines a nonclassroom-based / independent study school as a public, charter or private high school in which at least half of the students receive 80 percent of their instruction off campus. These schools must comply with the University’s independent study policy to be eligible to establish and maintain an “a-g” course list.
All online schools must operate according to the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Programs and be accredited to set up an “a-g” course list. An online school is defined as a diploma-granting institution that offers courses through Internet-based methods, with time and/or distance separating the teacher and learner.
Online course publishers
Online course publishers and their courses must meet iNACOL's Standards for Quality Online Courses in the areas of content, instructional design, student assessment, technology, and course evaluation and support.
UC grants program status to programs and organizations that offer standardized high school curriculum. California high schools can add the program’s "a-g" approved courses to their school’s course list without having to submit a complete course content description.