A student's transcript is the official record of the student’s high school credits, final grades, and exams. Generally, a transcript is used by a college or other post-secondary institution to determine if a student meets its admission criteria. It may also be presented as evidence of high school graduation to employers. There are two different versions of the transcript: one, called a "student transcript," is organized by year and term. The other, the "student permanent record," has similar information but is organized by subject area.
Visit the Graduation Requirements page for more information about the courses and exams students need to graduate.
Former students can get copies of official transcripts from the last New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) high school attended. In order to get a transcript you must:
If your former school is permanently closed, you can use this look-up tool to find the school that now holds your records.
If you plan to visit the school in person, call first. Some schools set specific days and times for these requests. You can find the school location and phone number with School Search.
Former students who live outside of New York City can request records by mail. You can find the conact information for a school by using the School Search.
If you need additional assistance obtaining records from your current or former school, contact your high school superintendent's office.
If you are the parent or guardian of a student under the age of 18, you can ask for a transcript from your child’s school by making a written request. If your child is currently attending a NYCDOE school, he or she may also request an unofficial transcript from his or her guidance counselor at any time. Use the school search to find for contact information for your child's school.
When a student is 18 or older, the NYCDOE will only honor transcript requests from the student. Students can give written authorization to access records.
Employers, colleges, and other higher education facilities usually request official transcripts. An official transcript is signed and stamped by an authorized NYCDOE staff member and sealed in an envelope that is signed at the seal to assure the recipient of its authenticity. A transcript is considered unofficial unless it is signed and stamped and delivered in a signed, sealed envelope.
High schools usually give students unofficial transcripts periodically during their enrollment. This allows for students and families to keep track of progress toward meeting graduation requirements.