Graduation Requirements

Regents Diploma

Required Courses: Credits

  •  English: 4
  • Social Studies: 4
  • Math: 3 (see footnote a)
  • Science: 3 (see footnote a)
  • Foreign Language: 1
  • The Arts: 1 (see footnote c)
  • Health: 0.5
  • Physical Education: 2
  • Electives: 3.5

Total 22

Traditional Path Required Exams (Passing score of 65 and above)

  • Common Core Algebra
  • Common Core English
  • Global History Regents
  • Science Regents 
  • U. S. History Regents 

Advanced Regents Diploma

Required Courses: Credits

  • English: 4
  • Social Studies: 4
  • Math: 3 (see footnote a)
  • Science: 3 (see footnote a)
  • Foreign Language (see footnote b)
  •  The Arts: 1 (see footnote c)
  • Health: 0.5
  • Physical Education: 2
  • Electives: 4.5 (see footnote b)

Total 22

Traditional Path Required Exams (Passing score of 65 and above)

  • Algebra,  Geometry &Algebra II (3 exams)
  • Common Core English
  • Global History Regents
  • Two Science Regents
  • U. S. History Regents

Footnotes:

a. If available, a commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both.

b. To earn the advanced designation, the student must complete one of the following:

  • A language other than English (total of 3 credits).
  • Career and technology education (5 credits), plus one credit in a foreign language.
  • The Arts (5 credits) plus one credit in foreign language.

c. The Arts include dance, music, theater and visual arts.

Pathway Assessment Options

All students must pass the following 4 required Regents exams or the corresponding Department approved alternative examination found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/hsgen/archive/list.pdf: 1 Math Regents exam, 1 Science Regents exam, 1 Social Studies Regents exam, and the English Language Arts Regents exam. In addition all students must choose 1 of the following assessments:

  • Additional Math Regents exam in a different course or Department Approved Alternative; or
  • Additional Science Regents exam in a different course or Department Approved Alternative; or
  • Additional Social Studies Regents exam in a different course or Department Approved Alternative; or
  • Additional English assessment in a different course selected from the Department Approved Alternative list; or
  • An approved CTE Assessment after successfully completing an approved CTE program
  • A Department Approved pathway assessment in the Arts
  • A Department Approved pathway assessment in a Language other than English (LOTE)

    * The safety net is in place for qualified students. A local diploma option will be available for select students through an appeals process and the Special Education Department.

    *As the New York State Department of Education adopts new policies, graduation requirements may change in future years.