Graduation Requirements | Policy 7220

Beginning with the Cohort of 2005, in order to participate in the graduation ceremony, the Building Principal must certify that the student has met the following requirements:

The student has completed the requirements for a Diploma, including 22.5 units of school credit and the passing of required Regents examinations as indicated below. The units of credit must include the following:

Regents Diplomas

Required Courses

  • English: 4
  • Social Studies: 4
  • Math: 3
  • Science: 3
  • Foreign Language: 1
  • Art/Music: 1
  • Health: 0.5
  • Physical Education: 2
  • Electives: 4
  • Total: 22.5

Advanced Regents Diploma

Required Courses

  • English: 4
  • Social Studies: 4
  • Math: 3
  • Science: 3
  • [a] Foreign Language: 3
  • Art/Music: 1
  • Health: 0.5
  • Physical Education: 2
  • Electives: 2
  • Total: 22.5

[a] Students completing a sequence of not less than 5 units of credit in CTE or the Arts are not required to complete the additional two units of LOTE or the examination in LOTE.

Required State Examinations

Regents Diploma

  • English Language Arts
  • Integrated Algebra
  • Regents Global History Exam
  • Regents US History Exam
  • Regents Science Exam

Advanced Regents Diploma

  • English Language Arts
  • Integrated Algebra
  • Integrated Geometry
  • Algebra 2/ & Trigonometry
  • Regents Global History Exam
  • Regents U.S. History Exam
  • Two Regents Science Exam(s)
  • [a] Pass either the Regents Comprehensive Examination, State approved alternative or locally developed Check Point B examination in that language to earn a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

[a] Students completing a sequence of not less than 5 units of credit in CTE or the Arts are not required to complete the additional two units of LOTE.

Comprehensive diploma requires a total of 28 credits which includes 4 credits in both Math and Science, 3 credits in Foreign Language or an appropriate sequence as required by NYSED for the Advanced Regents diploma and 3 credits of Community Service (credits awarded for completion of 300 hours of service. Students must also successfully complete all required Regents Examinations.

Students with disabilities may be able to fulfill testing requirements using the safety net or as stated in the student’s Individual Education Plan.

NOTES:

A.Beginning September 1, 2010, all high school students who drop a half-year course after the first interim report or a full-year course after the first marking period will receive a “W” for withdrawn on their transcripts. Any courses dropped after the end of the marking period will also contain the grade achieved in that course.

Students who transfer to FFCS in the 12th grade will be expected to meet the minimum graduation requirements established by the New York State Education Department.

However, to achieve a Regents or Advanced Regents diploma, all SED regulations must also be met.

Adopted: 04/27/98
Revised: 03/22/04
Revised: 07/13/10
Revised: 03/26/12
Revised: 02/25/13