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College and University Entrance Requirements

​What are your goals?

  1. A high school diploma

  2. Preparation to enter a community college

  3. Preparation to enter a California State University

  4. Preparation to enter a University of California

  5. Preparation to enter a private college

Requirements for Butte College

  1. High school graduate of an accredited high school or a student who has passed the California High School Proficiency Exam and who presents a high school transcript of record.

  2. Non-high school graduates who are 18-21 years of age. Non-graduates are admitted as provisional students.

  3. New students are limited in enrollment until they have taken assessment tests in English, reaching, and mathematics. 

College Prep

State Colleges and Universities

Bakersfield, Cal Polly, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Hayward, Humbolt State, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacrament, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Marcos, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Vallejo (Maritime Academy)

To be eligible for admission to the university as a freshman you must meet the requirements listed below:

  1. Be a graduate of a California high school and a legal resident for tuition purposes.

  2. Have a grade point average and composite score on the ACT or total score on the SAT which places you among the top one-third of California high school graduates.

  3. Have completed, with grades of C or better, the comprehensive pattern of course requirements listed below:

    1. 2 years — History and Social Science (including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government AND 1 year of social science)

    2. 4 years — English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature)

    3. 3 years — Math (4 years recommended) including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics (take one each year)

    4. 2 years — Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science)

    5. Language Other Than English (2 years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable)  

    6. 1 year — Visual and Performing Arts

    7. 1 year — College Preparatory Elective (approved electives — courses selected from English, mathematics, social studies, laboratory science, agriculture, foreign language, and the visual and performing arts.)

University of California

To be eligible for admission to the university as a freshman, you must meet the subject requirements listed below:

  1. 1. Complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (a-g courses) with a letter grade of C or better, with at least 11 courses finished prior to the beginning of your last year of high school. The 15 courses are:

    1. a. History — 2 years

    2. b. English — 4 years

    3. c. Mathematics — 3 years

    4. d. Laboratory science — 2 years

    5. e. Language other than English — 2 years or equivalent to the 2nd level of high school instruction

    6. f. Visual and performing arts — 1 year

    7. g. College-preparatory elective — chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the university — 1 year

  2. 2. Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (3.4 if you're a nonresident) in these courses with no grade lower than a C.

  3. 3. Meet the examination requirement by taking the ACT Plus Writing or SAT with Essay by December of your senior year. They don't require SAT Subject Tests, but certain programs on some campuses recommend them, and you can use subject tests to satisfy the requirements listed above.



Pleasant Valley Baptist Schools offers a highly academic program in a safe and loving environment. Our goal is that each and every Kindergarten student will be able to read from their textbooks by the end of the year. They are taught phonetic rules from the beginning of the school year. All students are also taught Bible, arithmetic, spelling and handwriting. They also learn basic science and heritage studies. Our Kindergarten students will develop a love for learning that will help them all through their academic career. Arts and crafts, physical education, and music are also a part of the Kindergartener’s schedule. Our kindergarten meets for a half or full day.

Elementary School

Elementary School


Our elementary students are taught to love the Word of God through Bible stories, memory verses, and songs. They are taught the character traits and principles on which they can build a successful Christian life. One of our goals is to be sure that each of our students has asked Jesus Christ to be their Saviour and know for sure that they are on their way to Heaven. Our Bible curriculum is designed to help each student meet those goals.



Using the A Beka Book arithmetic and Saxon Math curriculums, our elementary students learn the following arithmetic concepts:


First Grade

  • Number recognition from 1-1000 and counting by ones, twos, threes, fives, and tens, with odd and even numbers, before, between and after numbers, including place value

  • Addition facts through 13 and three-digit addition with carrying

  • Subtraction facts through 13 and two-digit subtraction

  • Story problems

  • Counting and combining coins

  • Basic arithmetic concepts such as telling time, using a ruler, English measures, thermometers, and calendars.

Third Grade

  • Recognition of place value in numbers

  • Addition and subtraction facts, checking addition problems with carrying, subtraction problems with borrowing

  • Multiplication facts 0-12 and multiplication problems with borrowing

  • Division facts 1-12 and working and checking a division problem

  • Story problems with up to four steps

  • Counting money and solving money problems using the decimal point correctly

  • Fraction terminology and basic understanding of fractions

  • Solving problems with parentheses and finding the unknown number in an equation

Fifth Grade

  • Place value of whole numbers and decimals

  • Mastery of fundamental operations and story problems

  • Rounding off whole numbers, money, decimals, and mixed numbers

  • Converting measures within the same system and solving measurement equations

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals

  • Solving algebraic equations, graphing ordered pairs

  • Squares and square roots

Second Grade

  • Number recognition from 1-10,000 and counting by ones, twos, threes, fours, fives, and tens, with odd and even numbers, before, between and after numbers, including place value

  • Addition and subtraction facts through 18, column addition, four-digit addition with carrying, and four-digit subtraction with borrowing

  • Multiplication facts 0-5, Division facts 1-5

  • Story problems

  • Counting and combining coins and bills

  • Basic arithmetic concepts such as estimation, rounding, drawing and measuring lines, unit fractions, making change, and Roman Numerals

Fourth Grade

  • Recognition of place value of whole numbers and decimals

  • Mastery of fundamental operations and story problems

  • Estimation, averaging, and factoring

  • Working with English and metric measures, including converting, area and perimeter, basic geometric shapes

  • Roman numerals

  • Addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions

  • Divisibility rules

  • Making Change

Sixth Grade

  • Place values of whole numbers and decimals

  • Maintaining skills in fundamental operations

  • Story problems/Problem solving strategies

  • Adding, subtraction, and multiplying measures

  • Prime factoring, ratios and proportion

  • Percent, probability

  • Reading thermometers, converting Celsius to Fahrenheit and Fahrenheit to Celsius

  • Equation solving/introduction to basic algebra

  • Latitude, longitude, and time zones

  • Banking, finding interest, and installment buying

  • Reading electric and gas meters


Beginning in the first grade, practical knowledge of capitalization, sentence diagramming, punctuation, and parts of speech is combined with an emphasis on composition and appreciation of good literature. Students will also learn about using suffixes and prefixes, syllabication, alphabetizing and the use of the dictionary. The writing of letters, stories, and compositions teach our students to communicate with others well.

Reading and Spelling

Each of our elementary students learns to read advanced materials through the use of an extensive reading program offering through Bob Jones University Press Materials. Our students are taught to read in Kindergarten using the phonics method, and this instruction in reinforced and mastered as they attend elementary school. Phonics is a vital part of any good reading program. Through phonics, a student is able to sound out more than 80% of the words in the English language, enabling him to quickly become an effective and independent reader. Phonics concentration enables students to read, comprehend, and spell at higher-than-normal levels.


From insects and invertebrates to molecules and mass, students will learn how man has classified and organized God’s creation. Each year, the students will enjoy units on health and the human body, energy, animals, plants, seasons, conservation, earth and space, and matter. Sixth grade students will begin basic chemistry concepts.

History and Geography

Students study United States History, California History, World History and Geography. They will also learn the importance of individual responsibility and the importance of citizenship. It is a goal of Pleasant Valley Baptist Schools that each of our students learns the importance of patriotism and respect for the governmental authorities that each citizen has.

Middle School

Middle School

Seventh Grade

  • Old Testament Survey

  • English 7

  • Math 7

  • Life Science

  • World History

  • Physical Education

  • Keyboarding 1

Eighth Grade

  • New Testament Survey

  • English 8

  • Math 8

  • Earth Science

  • US History

  • Physical Education

  • Elective

Electives: Junior high students will be offered electives as class time and staff permits. The following electives are among those electives that could be offered:

music, art, home economics, auto shop, interscholastic athletics, cheerleading.

High School

Ninth Grade

  • World’s Greatest Events

  • English 9

  • Computers

  • Basic Science

  • Physical Education

  • Algebra I

Eleventh Grade

  • Life of Christ

  • English 11

  • Geometry

  • Spanish 1

  • U.S. History

  • Elective

Tenth Grade

  • World’s Most Influential People

  • English 10

  • World History

  • Biology

  • Physical Education

  • Algebra II

Twelfth Grade

  • Life’s Prophecy

  • English 12

  • Government

  • Economics

  • Advanced Math

  • Additional Electives


Senior high students will be offered electives as class time and staff permits. The following electives are among those electives that could be offered:

     music, art, home economics, auto shop, interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, teacher’s assistant, Consumer math, and Business math.

     All students will be required to take Health and Computers at some time during their four years of high school. Both courses must be passed in order to graduate from Pleasant Valley Baptist Schools.

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church

13539 Garner Lane

Chico, CA 95926


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