Graduation Requirements

State and Local Graduation Requirements

Required for Local, Regents and Advanced Regents Diplomas Courses

Total Credits: 22

Subject Credits 
English 4
Social Studies 4
Mathematics 3
Science 3
Languages Other Than English (L.O.T.E.) 1
Visual Arts, Music, Dance, or Theater 1
Health 0.5
Physical Education (P.E.) 2
Elective(s) 3.5

The Commissioner’s Regulations can be viewed here.

The Complete NYS Requirements and Pathways can be viewed here.

*Regents Diploma

A score of 65 or better is required on these Regents exams:

  • Comprehensive English

  • Mathematics (any one)

  • Global History

  • US History

  • Science (any one)

  • Language other than English

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

A score of 65 or better is required on these Regents exams:
  • Comprehensive English

  • Mathematics (all three)

  • Global History

  • US History

  • Science (One physical and one life science)

  • Language other than English

Additional Designations With Honors

The "with honors" designation is added to either Regents Diploma option for students with an average score of 90 or more on all required Regents exams.

Technical Endorsement

Students enrolled in an approved school district or BOCES career and technical education (CTE) program who successfully complete all requirements earn a technical endorsement to be affixed to their high school diplomas.

*general education

Learn more about New York State's high school graduation requirements from the New York Sate Department of Education.