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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

KCS Diploma & Examination Requirements

NY State has mandated various requirements for graduation. Requirements for graduation can be divided into two categories: credits and exams. Students are required to earn 22.5 credits, including a mandatory core curriculum of 18.5 credits, in order to graduate.

Students are also required to pass a minimum of five New York State Regents Exams. There are additional course and exam requirements for an Advanced Regents Diploma.

Courses and Credits Required

Subject

Local/Regents

Advanced Regents

English

4

4

Social Studies

4

4

Math

3

3

Science

3

3

Health

.5

.5

Art/Music

1

1

Foreign Lang.

1

3*

PE

2

2

Electives

varies

varies

Total (minimum)

22.5

22.5

*To earn an Advanced Regents Diploma students must complete one of the following:

3 Units of credit in Foreign Language 
OR 
5 Unit sequence in Art, Music, Business, Technology, Family & Consumer Science or CVTEC

Testing Requirements for Diploma Options

Year of Graduation

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation Requirements

Regents Diploma Requirements

Local Diploma Requirements

Class of 2008

Score 65 or above on 8 regents exams

Score 65 or above on 5 regents exams

Score 55 – 64 on all 5 regents exams

Class of 2009

Score 65 or above on 8 regents exams

Score 65 or above on 5 regents exams

Score 65-above on 2 RE or 55-64 on 3 RE

Class of 2010

Score 65 or above on 8 regents exams

Score 65 or above on 5 regents exams

Score 65-above on 3 RE or 55-64 on 2 RE

Class of 2011

Score 65 or above on 8 regents exams

Score 65 or above on 5 regents exams

Score 65-above on 4 RE or 55-64 on 1 RE

Class of 2012

Score 65 or above on 8 regents exams

Score 65 or above on 5 regents exams

Phase out of Local Diploma

List of Regents Exams Required for Graduation

Advanced RegentsDiploma (score 65 or above on the following 8 Regents Exams)

Regents Diploma

(Score 65 or above on 5 Regents Exams)

Local Diploma (option for entering class freshman class of 2008 or earlier) See Chart above

____English

____Global History

____US History

____Math A

____Math B

____Earth Science OR Living Environment

____Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, or Living Environment

____Spanish

____English

____Global History

____US History

____Math A

 

____Earth Science OR Living Environment

 

____English

____Global History

____US History

____Math A

 

____Earth Science OR Living Environment

 

Class Rank

Valedictorian and Salutatorian are designated for each graduating class. However, no class ranking is determined for the remaining students of each senior class. Grades for all courses are factored into a student’s GPA.

Grading System

Grades are numerical with 65 as passing. A letter-to-number conversion is used for transfer students as recommended by the College Board (CEEB).

A+ 98A 95A- 90
B+ 88B 85B- 80
C+ 78C 75C- 70
D+ 69D 67D- 65
F 64 & below