Graduation & Promotion Requirements

 All students entering the 9th grade as of September 1999 must pass 5 regent exams in order to graduate high school. New York state Regents examinations are given at the end of academic courses that are geared toward college preparation. They must pass the ELA, Global Studies and U.S. History Regent exams, a math regent and a science regent exam. All students must meet the requirements for a regent diploma to be able to graduate high school. All students must accumulate a minimum of 44 total credits and pass the 5 regent exams.


English 8

Global Studies 4

U.S. History and Government 2

Participation in Government 1

Economics 1

Mathematics 6

Science 6

Foreign Language 2

Health Education 1

Art 1

Music 1

Major  7

Physical Education 4

Total 44

Students must also pass the following Regent’s exams:

Exam                                   Year Taken
Science                                9th                                                         
Mathematics                          9th
Global Studies                        10th
U.S. History and Gov't             9th
English Language Arts              9th

The courses and exams listed above represent only minimums. Many students graduate with credits well above the basic minimum. Some students even graduate with the prestigious Advanced Regents Diploma.

To receive an Advanced Regent Diploma, students must pass the following Regent’s examinations in addition to completing the requirements for the regular regent diploma.

  1. The Spanish Regent (must complete 6 Spanish credits as opposed to only 2 for the regular regent diploma)
  2. An additional Mathematics Regent
  3. An additional Science Regent

No March Policy

According to Board of Education policy, only students who have successfully completed the requirements (courses and exams) for a regent or local diploma PRIOR to graduation day will be permitted to participate in graduation ceremonies.

Promotion Policy

The new Chancellor regulations on promotion require all students to attend school and all their classes 90% of the time in order to be promoted or to graduate.

Grades Requirements
6 to 7 to 8 to 9 Pass English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, Pass Standardized tests at level 2 or better.
From 9th to 10th Earn 8 credits
From 10th t0 11th Earn 20 credits with at least 4 English and 4 Social Studies credits
From 11th to 12th Earn 30 credits
From 12th to Graduation Earn 44 credits & pass 5 Regent Exams with 65%

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