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KTL Charter School is fully accredited, for grades K-12, by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Thank you to all students who participated in the WASC accreditation visit!

Carnegie Units

California graduation requirements are recorded in Carnegie units, originally based on time spent on a course. Each Carnegie unit is a one year course of study, worth 10 credit units. A one semester course may equal 5 credit units or 2.5 credit units, depending upon the workload. An independent study credit unit is a minimum of 15 hours of coursework. The local school district sets the number of units required for high school graduation.

See the California Education Code for information about the state requirements for graduation.

Online Courses


Students in grades 11 and 12 with a 3.0 GPA and good citizenship may enroll in one or two online distance learning courses through the Young Scholar program at CSU Dominguez Hills. KTL has participated in the art appreciation, music appreciation, and theater appreciaion courses. See www.csudh.edu for more information about upcoming courses. There is no cost for these courses. Students must pay a $3.50 fee and place a $20 textbook deposit check at KTL, to be refunded upon completion of the course.


KTL accepts online coursework through BYU. For more information see BYU's page for e-learners. Note the "commerical" film clip Pausing Class.

For instructions on how to order the final exam, go to Ordering a BYU Final. All BYU final exams are comprehensive (covers the entire course), are closed book, and are proctored by a teacher (NOT taken on a computer).


Keyes Charter School is required by the California Education Code to distribute information about the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) to 11th and 12th graders.

Please carefully research the CHSPE, especially if you are considering the military or a college in another state, as only California public schools are required to accept it.

Here are a few facts about the CHSPE.

The CHSPE is voluntary and requires a registration fee of $92 each time it is taken.

The CHSPE should not be confused with the CAHSEE, the mandatory public high school exit exam.

The CHSPE is given in Modesto and other locations statewide.

Passing the CHSPE means that a student may be excused from a work permit and may leave high school under age 18 with PARENT PERMISSION.

Passing the CHSPE means that a student may leave high school to go to community college, however, the student will be responsible for paying for all college books and tuition. A student who remains at Keyes Charter School may take college classes part-time and will NOT be required to pay tuition or purchase textbooks.