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Regents Diploma with Honors

To earn a Regents Diploma with Honors, a student needs to have a computed average score of 90 or higher on all Regents examinations required for the Regents diploma (no rounding up is permitted).

The examination requirements include a passing score on the following Regents exams or Department Approved Alternatives:​

Students who substitute more than 2 Department Approved Alternatives for these required Regents exams are not eligible for the honors endorsement.

Example 1:

English Language Arts (ELA) 97
Algebra I 76
Living Environment 99
US History & Government 88
CDOS n/a
Average 90

This student earned a Regents Diploma with Honors.  The student's computed average equals 90 (97 + 76 + 99 + 88 = 360; 360/4 = 90).  The CDOS commencement pathway represents the final diploma requirement; therefore, the average is based only on the 4 Regents exam scores. 

Example 2:

English Language Arts (ELA) 65
Geometry 100
Chemistry 95
Global History & Geography 96
Algebra II 98
Average 90.8

This student earned a Regents Diploma with Honors.  The student's computed average equals 90 (65 + 100 + 95 + 96 + 98 = 454; 454/4 = 90.8).  The additional math Regents exam represents the pathway for this student; therefore, the average is based on the 5 Regents exam scores.

Example 3:

English Language Arts (ELA) 88
Algebra I 96
Living Environment 100
US History & Government 77
AP Biology Exam 3
Average 90.25

This student earned a Regents Diploma with Honors.  The student's computed average equals 90 (88 + 96 + 100 + 77 = 361; 361/4 = 90.25).  The AP Biology exam represents the pathway for this student; therefore, the average is based only on the 4 Regents exam scores. 

Transfer Students: Students who transfer to a New York State school for the first time in grades 11  or 12, and have either one or two Regents examination(s) waived, may receive a Regents Diploma with Honors.  The requirements to receive a high school diploma with honors remain the same, except with a fewer number of required Regents examinations and with appropriate annotations on transcripts and permanent records.