Academic Requirements for Graduation

Students may earn a Local Diploma, a Regents Diploma, or an Advanced Regents Diploma.

While an Advanced Regents Diploma is not a requirement for college entrance, it is a desirable goal because it means a student has successfully completed more challenging courses in all academic areas. Please consult with our Guidance team for more information. The following chart outlines these options:

Course & Examination Requirements


English 4 4 4
Social Studies 4 4 4
Mathematics 3 3 3
Science 3 3 3
Health 0.5 0.5 0.5
The Arts 1 1 1
CORE CREDITS 15.5 15.5 15.5
Language Other Than English 1 1 3
Physical Education 2 2 2
Sequence Courses/Electives 5 5 3
TOTAL REQUIRED 23.5 23.5 23.5



English Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
3 RE Mathematics No No Yes
World History Yes Yes Yes
US History & Government Yes Yes Yes
Science Yes Yes Yes
2nd Science No No Yes
Language Other Than English No No Yes
PASSING GRADE 55% 65% 65%

General education students must pass all five required Regents exams at a score of 65 or above. Students entering 9th grade in 2009 or earlier are eligible to substitute Regents Competency Tests (RCT’s) for Regents Exams or score a minimum of 55% on Regents Exams to be eligible for a local diploma.

In addition, to earn an Advanced Regents diploma, a student must take and pass two additional math and one science Regents exam with a grade of at least 65% and complete either:

  • A language other than English (total 3 credits)
  • Career and Technical education (5 credits), plus one credit in a language other than English
  • The arts (5 credits), plus one credit in a language other than English.
  • A commencement level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics

See your Guidance Counselor with any questions.