The district's school board voted this week to begin laying the groundwork for the new graduation standards.
Those standards will take effect in the 2010-11 school year, when they will be applied to the freshman class, and include a second year of foreign language study and a full-year of a visual or performing arts course, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The American Civil Liberties Union has been pushing districts up and down California to adopt the UC standards. So far, San Diego is the first in the county to move toward the change.
"It is downgrading how a larger percentage of Caucasian students in the northern areas, like La Jolla High School, have a complete education for students, but in schools like Mission Bay, where the majority of students belong to a minority race, quality education is not enforced," Mission Bay High School junior Lula Berhe, 17, told the board.
Not every board member agreed. Trustees Katherine Nakamura and John de Beck said enforcing UC requirements might lead to increased dropout rates, overburden already-busy counselors and make it tough for students to pursue vocational education programs, the Union-Tribune reported.
"Legislation of a curriculum as a `one size fits all' bothers me," de Beck said during Tuesday's board meeting. "It's not right to force kids into a curriculum when they have career plans."
Less than 40 percent of San Diego students currently take the classes needed to get into the UC system, according to the Union-Tribune. Costs of adding more college-prep courses in San Diego have not been addressed, the Union-Tribune reported.
San Diegans are going online to raise money to help make ends meet amid a partial government shutdown prolonged by a impasse over President Trump's demand for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego played host to thousands of people demonstrating in the third annual Women's March, which also took place in dozens of other cities across the country.
Three people robbed a San Carlos jewelry store on Saturday afternoon, then fled before officers were able to arrive, police said.
A record number of County employees will be hitting the streets next week to help count homeless people in the region.
People choosing not to vaccinate are now a "global health threat," according to the World Health Organization.