Graduation Requirements

  • Graduation Requirements

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     

    Buffalo Public Schools 
    Current Graduation Requirements 

    (NYS Comm. Regs. Pt. 100.5)
    Students first entering Grade 9 in the school years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and thereafter

    Required Courses
    Diplomas

    Local
    Regents
    Advanced Designation 
    English Language Arts
    4
    4
    4
    Social Studies
    4
    4
    4
    Mathematics
    3*
    3*3
    Science
    3*3*3
    LOTE/Second Language
    1
    1
    3**
    Art/Music
    1
    1
    1
    Health
    .50
    .50
    .50
    Physical Education
    2
    2
    2
    Electives
    3.5
    3.5
    1.5




    Total Credits
    22.0
    22.0
    22.0

    * An integrated course in Mathematics, Science, or Technology may be used to satisfy the third credit in Math or Science for a Local or Regents Diploma. Please see a School Counselor for specific details.

    **In lieu of the three required credits of LOTE, a student may substitute a 5 credit sequence in Art, Fine Arts, Business, Technology or Career Education. 

    Required Regents Exams
    Diplomas
    (or approved alternate examinations)Local
    Regents
    Advanced Designation 
    Science
    X
    X
    X
    Mathematics
    X
    X
    X
    Global History
    X
    XX
    English Language Arts
    X
    XX
    US History
    X
    X
    X




    2nd Science Regents

    X
    2nd Math Regents

    X
    LOTE Comprehensive


    X

    *All examinations must be passed with a minimum of 65%



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    PLEASE NOTE:

    Physical Education

    A student must participate in physical education each year he/she is in school and must earn the 1/2 credit awarded per year for successful completion of the course.

     

    Languages Other Than English, LOTE

    A one-year language study requirement must be completed (usually completed by the end of 8th grade). This may be accomplished either by passing the NYS Language Proficiency examination or by earning a passing grade in one year of second language (LOTE) study after entering high school.

      

    Exams Required for a New York State

    Regents Diploma

    The State of New York has established a requirement that students must successfully pass selected Regents Comprehensive Examinations in order to earn a diploma at any high school in New York State. All students must pass the following Regents examinations:

     

    §          English Language Arts or Common Core English

    §          Integrated Algebra 1R or Common Core Algebra

    §          Global History & Geography

    §          U.S. History

    §          (1) Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Earth Science)

     

    Students who have an Individualized Education Plan must take the Regents exams that are required in their class. 

     

    New York State Regents Diploma with

    Advanced Designation

    (22 credits)

    1.        A student must meet the general requirements for a Regents diploma.

     

    2.        A student must pass the Regents Comprehensive Examination in a second language (does not apply to students gaining a 5-unit sequence in Art, Music, Business, Technology or Vocational Education).

     

    3.        A student must pass three Regents examinations in mathematics (effective June 2008):  Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II and Trigonometry.

     

    4.        A student must pass two Regents examinations in Science (one of them must be the Living Environment Regents Examination).



    Diploma Types for Students with Disabilities


     The Board of Regents, at their October 2012 meeting, approved the emergency adoption of an amendment to section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.  These regulations, effective October 31, 2012, provide an additional option for a student with a disability to earn a local diploma through the use of a “compensatory option” if the student:

    1. scores between 45-54 on one or more of the five required Regents exams, other than the English language arts (ELA) or mathematics exam1, but scores 65 or higher on one or more of the required Regents exams, in which case the lower score(s) can be compensated by the higher score(s)2; and  
    2. obtains a passing grade, that meets or exceeds the required passing grade by the school, for the course in the subject area of the Regents examination in which he or she received a score of 45-54; and
    3. has a satisfactory attendance rate, in accordance with the district’s or school’s attendance policy, for the school year during which the student took the examination in which he or she received a score of 45-54, exclusive of excused absences; and
    4. is not already using a passing score on one or more Regents Competency Tests (RCTs) to graduate with a local diploma.  (A student may not use the compensatory score option if he or she is using a passing score on one or more RCTs to graduate with a local diploma.)