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NYC High School Diploma Options

Advanced Regents Diploma

44 credits (with 65% or higher)

Subject ELA Math Social Studies Science LOTE +1 Option
# OF EXAMS 1 3 1 2 1 1
EXAM NAMES ELA II Algebra I, Geometry, and  Algebra II OR Trigonometry U.S. History OR Global History & Geography Living Environment and Chemistry, OR Earth Science, OR Physics Any NYC approved LOTE exam Any additional regents exam or state approved 
+1 option

 

Regents Diploma
44 credits (with 65% or higher)
To earn a Regents diploma, you must pass “4+1” exams with a score of 65 or higher. The required exams are English Language Arts (ELA), one math, one history, and one science exam AND one other state-approved exam. Students may use an Advanced Placement (AP) or SAT II score, a State approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) exam, another Regents exam, or the CDOS Commencement Credential as their fifth exam.

Subject ELA Math Social Studies Science LOTE +1 Option
# OF EXAMS 1 1 1 1 Not required 1
EXAM NAMES ELA II
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • U.S. History
  • Global History & Geography
  • Living Environment
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics
N/A Any additional regents exam or state approved 
+1 option

5 exams total (or 4 exams + CDOS)

 

Local Diploma
44 credits (with 55% or higher)
To earn a local diploma, you must pass “4+1” exams with a score of 55 or higher. The required exams are English Language Arts (ELA), one math, one history, and one science exam AND one other state-approved exam. Students may use an Advanced Placement (AP) or SAT II score, a State approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) exam, another Regents exam, or the CDOS Commencement Credential as their fifth exam.

Subject ELA Math Social Studies Science LOTE +1 Option
# OF EXAMS 1 1 1 1 Not required 1
EXAM NAMES ELA II
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • U.S. History
  • Global History & Geography
  • Living Environment
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics
N/A Any additional regents exam or state approved 
+1 option

5 exams total (or 4 exams + CDOS)

 

Safety Net Pathways for a Local Diploma
 

SAFETY NET PATHWAY REQUIREMENTS & ELIGIBILITY
Low pass Score between 55 and 64 on the required Regents exams.
Appeal of low pass score

Score a 52, 53, or 54 on up to two of the required Regents exams. To appeal your scores, you must: 

  • Take the exams you are appealing at least twice;
  • Show evidence of having taken advantage of academic help at your school on the subjects of the appeal;
  • Pass the course in the subject you are appealing; and
  • Get recommended by your teacher or the chair of the department in the subject you are appealing.
     
Compensatory
  • Score between 45-54 on 1 or 2 required Regents exams and for each score between 45-54, score a 65 or higher another Regents exam;
  • Pass the course in the subjects on which you scored 45-54; and
  • Have satisfactory attendance during the school year you scored 45-54. Pass the ELA and Math exam with a 55 or higher or an appeal of 52-54. Students cannot use the compensatory option for the ELA or Math exam.
Superintendents determination option

Parent or guardian must make a request in writing to the principal or the CSE. The principal or the CSE must forward the request to the superintendent, who will make the final decision. If your request for a Superintendent Determination is approved, you will graduate with a local diploma. 
To earn a local diploma under this option, you must: 

  • EITHER pass the Math and ELA Regents exams with scores of 55 or higher (or successfully appeal scores of 52-54) OR earn a CDOS Commencement Credential
  • Sit for and fail the other exams required for graduation;
  • Pass the courses in the subjects of the failed exams.
  • For each exam you fail, the superintendent will review your performance in the related course. The superintendent should consider your final course grade and the work you completed during the year, such as projects, class work, quizzes, and tests.

 To be eligible for this option, students: 

  • Must have attempted Regents once
  • Do not qualify low pass/compensation
  • Must be passing all courses
  • Must have an active IEP; This option does NOT apply to you if you have a Section 504 plan or if you have been declassified from special education.
     

Note: If you attend a charter or private school, the principal has the authority to make a Superintendent Determination.

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