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Graduation Requirements

NYS Graduation Requirements
Regents Diploma
Examination Requirements
Students must achieve a score of 65 or higher on these five exams to earn a Regents diploma.
- English Language Arts (ELA)
- Any math exam (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II/Trigonometry)
- Any social studies exam (Global History and Geography or U.S. History and Government)
- Any science exam (Living Environment, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics)
- Any additional Regents exam, or another option approved by the State
 
Credit Requirements
Students need 44 credits in these subject areas to earn a Regents diploma.
- 8 credits in core English
- 8 credits in social studies, including: 4 credits in Global History, 2 credits in U.S. History, 1 credit in Participation in Government, 1 credit in Economics
- 6 credits in math, including: at least 2 credits in advanced math (for example, Geometry or Algebra II)
- 6 credits in science, including: 2 credits in any life science, 2 credits in any physical science, 2 credits in any life science or physical science
- 2 credits in World Languages
- 4 credits in physical education, every year in specific ways
- 1 credit in health education
- 2 credits in arts education, including visual arts, music, dance, and theater
- 7 credits in electives
 
Advanced Regents Diploma
Examination Requirements
Students must score 65 or higher on the following nine exams to earn an advanced Regents diploma.
- English Language Arts (ELA)
- Three math exams (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II/Trigonometry)
- One social studies exam (Global History and Geography or U.S. History and Government)
- Two science exams (Living Environment and one of these: Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics)
- Any additional Regents exam, or another option approved by the State
- Any NYC World Languages exam (also known as Languages Other Than English (LOTE) exam)
 
Credit Requirements
Students need 44 credits in these subject areas to earn an Advanced Regents diploma. This is the same total number of credits as a Regents diploma, but with more courses in a language other than English (LOTE) and fewer elective courses.
- 8 credits in core English
- 8 credits in social studies, including: 4 credits in Global History, 2 credits in U.S. History, 1 credit in Participation in Government, 1 credit in Economics
- 6 credits in math, including: at least 2 credits in advanced math (for example, Geometry or Algebra II)
- 6 credits in science, including: 2 credits in any life science, credits in any physical science, 2 credits in any life science or physical science
- 6 credits in World Languages
- 4 credits in physical education, every year in specific ways
- 1 credit in health education
- 2 credits in arts education, including visual arts, music, dance, and theater
- 3 credits in electives
Students only need two World Language credits if they are earning an arts or CTE endorsement. Some students who have a disability that makes it challenging to learn a language can earn credits in other subjects instead of World Languages.
 
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