Graduation Requirements

New York State High School Graduation Requirements differ depending on the year a student first enters 9th grade. Students can obtain a Graduation Requirements card from their Guidance Counselor. The cards outline the credits, Regents examinations, and scores required for high school graduation. Graduation Requirements cards are color-coded and dated to correspond to the year of initial entry into 9th grade. The cards are intended to help students and parents, in consultation with the school counselor, determine the number of credits, the distribution of credits by subject area, and the scores required on the Regents Exams to receive a local, Regents, or Advanced Regents diploma. A Diploma Requirements Worksheet can help track student academic progress throughout high school.

The Graduation Requirements cards also provide guidance on the courses and assessments students can complete to  prepare for college and careers. The Office of Postsecondary Readiness provides additional resources about developing the knowledge, skills, and competencies to graduate high school and successfully pursue a rigorous postsecondary pathway.  For more information, refer to the College Planning Handbook and the parents' guide to Planning for Success: Supporting Transitions through High School to College and Career.   


To access the Graduation Requirements cards, Diploma Requirements Worksheet and Parents' Guide to Graduation Requirements, please click on the links below:

General Graduation Requirements

Students with Disabilities Graduation Requirements

Career and Technical Education Students Graduation Requirements

  • For more information on Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, please visit the CTE Website
Diploma Requirements Worksheet

For more information on mathematics exam requirements for the Advanced Regents diploma, click here.


Translated Versions of Graduation Requirements

Arabic      

General Education

Students with Disabilities

Career and Technical Education (CTE) 

 Bengali  

General Education

Students with Disabilities Career and Technical Education (CTE) 
 Chinese  

General Education

Students with Disabilities Career and Technical Education (CTE)  
 French  

General Education

Students with Disabilities Career and Technical Education (CTE) 
 Haitian Creole  

General Education

Students with Disabilities Career and Technical Education (CTE) 
 Korean  

General Education

Students with Disabilities Career and Technical Education (CTE)  
 Russian  

General Education

Students with Disabilities Career and Technical Education (CTE)  
 Spanish  

General Education

Students with Disabilities Career and Technical Education (CTE)
 Urdu  

General Education

Students with Disabilities Career and Technical Education (CTE)  


Transfer, Discharge, and Graduation Code Guidelines

This document provides detailed information about the usage of transfer, discharge, and graduation codes for the 2011-2012 school year.  For more information about student attendance, click here.  School officials and Children First Network team members should visit the Attendance page on the Principals' Portal for additional resources to support students.


Requesting Student Records

Current and former students seeking copies of their transcripts or academic records should request this information directly from their last NYC Department of Education high school. To make a request at the school, students must complete this form and bring proof of ID. Translated versions of this form are provided below:
Arabic  Bengali  Chinese  English  French  Haitian Creole  Korean  Russian  Spanish  Urdu
  • If the last school the student attended is no longer open, the student should go to a designated school that is open on the campus of the prior school. For assistance locating the designated campus school, students may contact the nearest borough high school superintendent's office.
If students need additional assistance obtaining records from their school, they may contact a borough high school superintendent's office. The superintendent's office will work with the student's former school to provide requested records.

Note: a new federal immigration initiative known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allows undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as children and who meet certain criteria to be considered for work authorization and relief from deportation. Candidates must provide documentation that they meet eligibility criteria; school records are a possible form of documentation, among other documents the City made be able to provide. Former students seeking records to document eligibility for consideration of deferred action should follow the procedures for transcript and records requests outlined above.