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Graduation Requirements

Diploma Requirements

A student must fulfill all diploma and test requirements to receive a diploma.

Requirements begin when a student enters grade 9. Students from Schenectady High School may earn a Regents or Advanced Regents Diploma.

Students who are pursuing an IB program may earn an IB Diploma.

Students who receive a Regents or Advanced Regents Diploma are awarded a seal affixed to their diploma.

Students may also receive endorsement recognition for areas of study.

 Regents Diploma
English 4 units
Social Studies 4 units
Math 3 units
Science 3 units
Health 1/2 unit
Art/Music/DDP 1 unit
Foreign Language 1 unit
Physical Education 2 units
Sequence, Courses & Electives 3.5 units
Plus Electives 22 credits

 Advanced Regents Diploma
 English 4 units
 Social Studies 4 units
Math 3 units
Science 3 units
Health 1/2 unit
Art/Music/DDP 1 unit
Foreign Language **
Physical Education 2 units
Sequence, Courses & Electives 4.5 units
Plus Electives 22 credits

Art/Music/DDP can be fulfilled by Studio Art, Choir, Band, Orchestra, Piano, Music In Our Lives, Music Theory, Intro to Dance, Intro to Theatre, Design & Drawing for Production, Customs, Clothing and Textiles, Housing and the Environment, and/or Drumming.

** To earn the advanced designation, the student must complete one of the following:

A language other than English (total of three credits)

Career and Technical Education (five credits) plus one credit in a language other than English; Career and Technical Education includes Business, Family and Consumer Sciences and Technology programs

The arts (five credits) plus one credit in a language other than English.

 Diploma Test Requirements
      Regents Diploma Requirements
  • Comprehensive English Regents Exam
  • U.S. History and Government Regents Exam
  • Global History and Geography Regents Exam
  • One Math Regents Exam
  • One Science Regents Exam
      Regents Diploma with Advanced Requirements
  • Comprehensive English Regents Exam
  • U.S. History and Government Regents Exam
  • Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trig Regents Exams
  • Two Science Regents Exams
  • Language other than English Proficiency Exam or
    Five credits in Career and Technical Education plus
    One credit in language other than English or
    Five credits in the arts, business or technology plus
    One credit in a language other than English
    Regents Pathway Diploma Option 4:1
  • One English Regents, One Math Regents, One Science Regents and One Social Studies Regents plus
    A Pathway Exam
  •  Pathway Exams include:  A Second Regents exam in science, math or social studies or an approved CTE assessment or
    a Humanities/Arts assessment (pending SED approval)

The Local Diploma is available for students with disabilities who pass the required Regents exam.



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