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There are a few different types of diplomas students can receive upon their completion of high school:

  1. Regents Diploma
  2. Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation via Language Option or Fine Arts Option
  3. Local Diploma for Students with a Disability

Special Endorsements:

Honors: A student must earn an average of at least 90 on his/her Regents Exams applicable to either a Regents Diploma or a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. The locally developed Checkpoint B LOTE exam is not included in this calculation.

Mastery in Math and/or Science: A student meets all of the requirements for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation AND earns a score of 85 or better on three (3) math Regents Exams and/or three (3) science Regents Exams.

Technical Endorsement: A student meets the requirements for either a Local Diploma, a Regents Diploma, or a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation AND successfully completes a department approved CTE (Career and Technical Education) program including the three (3) part technical assessment.

To receive a Regents Diploma, students must have completed a minimum of 22 credits at the end of their senior year and have passed all of their Regents Exams. Students are expected to attempt each exam until they receive a passing grade (65). If a student has utilized all of his/her opportunities to receive a passing grade and has not succeeded, appeals can be made by the school counselor. Students who have taken a Regents Exam at least two (2) times and have gotten a score of 60-64 may have that exam appealed. Only one (1) appeal can be made for the student to still receive a Regents Diploma. If a student needs two (2) exams appealed, he/she will receive a Local Diploma.

Regents Diploma

Subject Area Number of Credits Required Number of Regents Exams Required per Subject Area Grade needed to pass
English 4 1 65
Social Studies 4 2 65
Math 3 1 65
Science 3 1 65
Foreign Language 1 - -
Physical Education 2 - -
Health .5 - -
Art/Music 1 - -
Electives 3.5 - -
Total Minimum Credits: 22 Total Exams: 5

To receive a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, students have three (3) options:

  1. 3 units of Foreign Language
  2. A 5 unit sequence in Fine Arts
  3. A 5 unit sequence in CTE (Career and Technical Education)

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation- Foreign Language Option

Subject Area Number of Credits Required Number of Regents Exams Required per Subject Area Grade Needed to Pass
English 4 1 65
Social Studies 4 2 65
Math 3 (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2) 3 65
Science 3 2 65
Foreign Language 3 1 65
Physical Education 2 - -
Health .5 - -
Art/Music 1 - -
Electives 1.5 - -
Total Minimum Credits: 22 Total Exams: 9

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation- Fine Arts Option

Subject Area Number of Credits Required Number of Regents Exams Required per Subject Area Grade Needed to Pass
English 4 1 65
Social Studies 4 2 65
Math 3 (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2) 3 65
Science 3 2 65
Foreign Language 1 - -
Physical Education 2 - -
Health .5 - -
Art/Music 5 (Studio Art, Music Appreciation, & 3 additional units in art/music) - -
Total Minimum Credits: 22.5 Total Exams: 8

Local Diploma for Students with a Disability

Subject Area Number of Credits Required Number of Regents Exams Required per Subject Area Grade needed to pass
English 4 1 55
Social Studies 4 2 55
Math 3 1 55
Science 3 1 55
Foreign Language 1 - -
Physical Education 2 - -
Health .5 - -
Art/Music 1 - -
Electives 3.5 - -
Total Minimum Credits: 22 Total Exams: 5