The Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences
Requirements for graduation beginning with the senior class of the Year 2003
Students must successfully complete three to four years of study in the following disciplines in order to obtain a diploma at The Leon M. Goldstein High School: four years of English; four years of social studies; four years of mathematics; four years of science; and three years of a foreign language. In addition to these subjects, students must complete three and one-half years of physical education, one-half year of health education, one-half year of art, and one-half year of music. The prestigious Regents Diploma will be awarded to students who pass the Regents Examinations in English, Global History, American History, Sequential Math I, Sequential Math II, Sequential Math III, (Form A Math, Form B Math), three years of a Foreign Language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The total number of credits needed for graduation is 44.
Students at The Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences are required to successfully complete the following courses in order to qualify for a diploma and graduate: four years of English; four years of science; four years of social studies; four years of mathematics; three years of a foreign language; one-half year of art and one-half year of music; three and one-half years of physical education and one-half year of health education. All seniors must enroll in at least five courses during their senior year.
Students may elect to take a number of courses throughout their high school career and obtain credit for these courses toward graduation. Elective courses provide enrichment and advanced study; some courses such as Advanced Placement, College Now and the Bridge Program offer college credit as well as high school elective credit.
Advanced Placement (AP) Classes
Advanced Placement (AP classes) are post-secondary level classes that are taught at the high school during the regular school day. A national exam is given at the end of the course and graded by readers employed by the College Board. Many post-secondary institutions either award post-secondary credit for a successfully completed exam or allow a student to exempt certain courses. Some post-secondary institutions do not honor AP credit. The exam is optional and the student is responsible for fees. Fee waivers are available based upon need.
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESL)
The goal of the ESL program is to provide an opportunity for students whose dominant language is not English to acquire English proficiency and at the same time continue learning content. The school system identifies those students whose dominant language is not English. These students may be those who do not speak English, learned a language other than English first, or speak a language other than English at home. The opportunity for English language proficiency testing is required by law for language minority students to determine their English proficiency for academic purposes. In addition, some community organizations provide English classes for students whose dominant language is not English.