Graduation Requirements New York State requires that every student complete a minimum of 22 units of credit in order to earn a diploma. In order to be best prepared for academic life beyond the high school, we urge our students, whenever possible, to complete four years of each of the five major academic subject areas, (English, Math, Science, Social Studies and a Language other than English.) New York state also requires students to pass a Regents Comprehensive Examination in several areas. The minimum courses required for graduation, are listed as follows:
English, 4 credits
Social Studies, 4 credits
Math, 3 credits
Science, 3 credits *
Language other than English, 1 credit**
Art/Music/Drama, 1 credit
Physical Education, 2 credits
Health, .5 credits
Electives as required to total 22 credits
* At least one must be in a commencement-level (lab) life sciences course and at least one must be in a commencement-level (lab) physical sciences course.
** A total of three credits must be completed in order to earn an Advanced Regents diploma. It should be noted that New York State's general regents graduation requirement in a Language other than English (one year), is lower than many college or university minimum entrance requirements.