Graduation Requirements

Credit & Exam Requirements for Graduation

Examination Requirement

Students must achieve a score of 65 or higher on these five exams to earn a Regents diploma.

  • English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Any math exam (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II/Trigonometry)
  • Any social studies exam (Global History and Geography or U.S. History and Government)
  • Any science exam (Living Environment, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics)
  • Any additional Regents exam, or another option approved by the State

Credit Requirements

Students need 44 credits in these subject areas to earn a Regents diploma.

  • 8 credits in core English
  • 8 credits in social studies, including:
    • 4 credits in Global History
    • 2 credits in U.S. History
    • 1 credit in Participation in Government
    • 1 credit in Economics
  • 6 credits in math, including:
    • At least 2 credits in advanced math (for example, Geometry or Algebra II)
  • 6 credits in science, including:
    • 2 credits in any life science
    • 2 credits in any physical science
    • 2 credits in any life science or physical science
  • 2 credits in World Languages
  • 4 credits in physical education, every year in specific ways
  • 1 credit in health education
  • 2 credits in arts education, including visual arts, music, dance, and theater
  • 7 credits in electives