Graduation Requirements

NYS Education Department Graduation Requirements

Regents Diploma

Total Number of Units of Credit: 22

English Language Arts – 4 units

Social Studies – 4 units – (including 1 unit of American history, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of Economics)

Mathematics – 3 units (may include or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*)

Science – 3 units – (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and third in either life sciences or physical science)

Health – ½ unit

The Arts – 1 unit – (including dance, music, theater, and/or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** – 1 unit

Physical Education – 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives – 3½ units

Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

Examinations: 5

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

  • Comprehensive English
  • Global History and Geography
  • United States History and Government
  • One (1) in Mathematics (Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra
  • 2/Trigonometry, Mathematics A or Mathematics B); and one (1) in Science.

Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.

Local Additions to State Requirements for the Diploma

School districts may establish diploma requirements in addition to those required by Part 100 of the Commissioner’s Regulations.

** A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education program states that such requirements are not appropriate.

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

Total Number of Units of Credit: 22

English Language Arts – 4 units

Social Studies – 4 units (including 1 unit of American History, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of economics)

Mathematics – 3 units (including Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*);

Science – 3 units (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and a third in either life sciences or physical science)

Health – ½ unit

The Arts – 1 unit (including dance, music, theater, or visual arts)

Languages Other Than English** – 1 unit (plus an additional 2 LOTE units or a five- unit sequence in Career and Technical Education, or a five-unit sequence in the Arts).

Physical Education – 2 units

Sequence Courses or Electives – 3½ units

Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.

Examinations: 7, 8, or 9

Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:

  • Comprehensive English
  • United States History and Government
  • Global History and Geography
  • Three (3) in Mathematics (Integrated Algebra or Mathematics A*, and
  • Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry);
  • Two (2) in Science (at least one in life science and at least one in physical science); and
  • Language Other Than English (unless exempt through IEP or using a five-unit sequence substitution provision)