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Credit Requirements

While there are multiple means of earning units of credit towards a diploma, typically students earn diploma credit through the mastery of the learning outcomes set forth in a locally developed syllabus for a given high school subject, after the student had the opportunity to complete a unit of study (180 minutes of instruction per week throughout the school year, or the equivalent).  The following credit requirements apply to all diploma types:  local, Regents, and Regents with advanced designation.  

  Minimum Number of Credits
English 4

Social Studies

Distributed as follows:

  • U.S. History (1 credit)
  • Global History and Geography (2 credits)
  • Participation in Government (1/2 credit)
  • Economics (1/2 credit)
4

Science

Distributed as follows:

  • Life Science (1 credit)
  • Physical Science (1 credit)
  • Life Science or Physical Science (1 credit)
3
Mathematics 3
Languages other than English (LOTE) 1 *
Visual Art, Music, Dance, and/or Theater 1

Physical Education 

(participation each semester, 1/4 credit earned per semester)

2
Health 1/2
Electives 3 1/2
Total 22

* Students with a disability may be excused from the requirement for 1 unit of credit in languages other than English (LOTE) if so indicated on their IEP, but they must still earn 22 units of credit to graduate.  Such students are also exempt from the sequence requirement for earning a Regents diploma with advanced designation.