Summary of Diploma Requirements for Students Who First Enter Grade 9 in 2009
Total Number of Units of Credit: 22
English Language Arts - 4 units
Social Studies - 4 units - (including 1 unit of American history, ½ unit of Participation In Government, and ½ unit of Economics)
Mathematics - 3 units (may include or Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*)
Science - 3 units - (including at least one course in life science, one in physical science, and third in either life sciences or physical science)
Health - ½ unit
The Arts - 1 unit - (including dance, music, theatre, and/or visual arts)
Languages Other Than English** - 1 unit
Physical Education - 2 units
Sequence Courses or Electives - 3½ units
Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.
Examinations: 5
Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:
Comprehensive English
Global History and Geography
United States History and Government
One (1) in Mathematics (Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Mathematics A* or Mathematics B*); and
One (1) in Science.
Alternative Assessments approved by the commissioner pursuant to section 100.2(f) of Part 100 may be used in place of the required State assessments.
Local Additions to State Requirements for the Diploma
School districts may establish
diploma requirements in addition to those required by Part 100
of the Commissioner’s Regulations.
** A student identified as having a disability which adversely
affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from the
LOTE requirements if the student’s individualized education
program states that such requirements are not appropriate.
Total Number of Units of Credit:
22
English Language Arts - 4
units
Social Studies - 4 units
(including 1 unit of American History, ½ unit of Participation
In Government, and ½ unit of economics)
Mathematics - 3 units
(including Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra
2/Trigonometry or Mathematics A* and Mathematics B*);
Science - 3 units (including
at least one course in life science, one in physical science,
and a third in either life sciences or physical science)
Health - ½ unit
The Arts - 1 unit (including
dance, music, theatre, or visual arts)
Languages Other Than English**
- 1 unit (plus an additional 2 LOTE units or a five- unit
sequence in Career and Technical Education, or a five-unit
sequence in the Arts).
Physical Education - 2 units
Sequence Courses or Electives
- 3½ units
Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST): A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics, but not both. Also, students may meet the learning standards in technology either in a technology education course or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science.
Examinations: 7, 8, or 9
Students must pass Regents examinations as follows:
Comprehensive English
United States History and Government
Global History and Geography
Three (3) in Mathematics (Integrated Algebra or Mathematics A*, and Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonmetry);
Two (2) in Science (at least one in life science and at least one in physical science); and
Language Other Than English
(unless exempt through IEP or using a five-unit sequence
substitution provision)
The following local diploma options are available for students who first enter grade 9 in September 2009:
Students with disabilities who score 55-64 on any of the required Regents examinations may earn a local diploma.
Students with disabilities who fail one or more Regents Examinations and who pass the corresponding Regents Competency Test (RCT) will receive a local diploma.
Students who successfully appeal two Regents Examinations scores within three points of the 65 passing score and who meet the other requirements of the appeals process specified in CR 100.5(d)(7) will earn a local diploma.