Course, Credits and Regents Exam Requirements for M-W Diplomas

NY State Diploma Requirements Applicable to All Students Enrolled in Grades 9-12 – updated June 2021

March 2021 updated information on NY State Education Department Diploma Requirements

Table of NY State Diploma requirements applicable to Grade 9 students first entering high school in 2016
  Regents Diploma With Advanced Designation Regents Diploma * Local Diploma
REQUIREMENTS Credits Credits Credits
English Language Arts 4 4 4
Social Studies
Distributed as follows:
U.S. History (1)
Global History and Geography (2)
Participation in Government (1/2)
Economics (1/2)
4 4 4
Distributed as follows:
Life Science (1)
Physical Science (1)
Life Science or Physical Science
3 3 3
Mathematics 3 3 3
Languages Other than English (LOTE)(a) 3 1 1(1)
Visual Art, Music, Dance and/or Theater 1 1 1
Physical Education
(participation each semester)
2 2 2
Health 1 1 1
Electives 1 3 3


Table of additional requirements for comprehensive diploma
Additional Requirements for Monroe-Woodbury Comprehensive Diploma
Community Service
300 Hours
1 1 1
Additional Electives 6.5 4.5 2.5
TOTAL CREDITS 29.5 27.5 25.5

(a) Students are required to have passed a final exam in a Language Other Than English by the end of 8th grade or earn one credit of LOTE in high school.  In addition, students acquiring 5 credits in Art, Business, FACS, Music, Tech or CTEC may be exempted from the additional 2 credit/Local exam requirement.

(1)  Students with a disability may be excused from the requirement for 1 unit of credit in LOTE if so indicated on the IEP but must still earn 22 units of credit to graduate.

* The Local Diploma option is primarily available to students with special needs. Non-classified students must speak with their School Counselor to inquire about this option.


Table of Regents exams required for 3 types of diplomas
Regents Exam Requirements for each diploma
Regents Exams
Minimum score of 65
Regents Exams
Minimum score of 65
Regents Exams
Comprehensive English Comprehensive English Comprehensive English, Global History, US History, one Science, one Math
Three Math One Math Local Diploma* students must take the Regents Exam in each of the subjects listed above.

Testing requirements may be met by:

1) Passing with 65 or,

2) Achieving a score between 55-64 or,

3) Successfully completing the corresponding Regents Competency Test (RCT)

Global History Global History
U.S. History U.S. History
Two Sciences One Science
Languages Other than English