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In New York State, students can earn three types of diplomas:

  1. A Regents diploma
  2. An advanced Regents diploma
  3. A local diploma

All of these diplomas are valid high school diplomas. All students can earn a Regents or Advanced Regents diploma. An advanced Regents diploma lets students show additional skills in math, science, and languages other than English. Only some students who meet specific criteria can graduate with a local diploma, with lower exam scores.

To earn a diploma, students must earn specific course credits and pass specific Regents exams. If you believe your student is not on track to graduate, please speak to your school’s guidance counselor immediately.

Examination Requirements

Students must achieve a score of 65 or higher on these five exams to earn a Regents diploma.

  • English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Any math exam (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II/Trigonometry)
  • Any social studies exam (Global History and Geography or U.S. History and Government)
  • Any science exam (Living Environment, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics)
  • Any additional Regents exam, or another option approved by the State

Credit Requirements

Students need 44 credits in these subject areas to earn a Regents diploma.

  • 8 credits in core English
  • 8 credits in social studies, including:
    • 4 credits in Global History
    • 2 credits in U.S. History
    • 1 credit in Participation in Government
    • 1 credit in Economics
  • 6 credits in math, including:
    • At least 2 credits in advanced math (for example, Geometry or Algebra II)
  • 6 credits in science, including:
    • 2 credits in any life science
    • 2 credits in any physical science
    • 2 credits in any life science or physical science
  • 2 credits in World Languages
  • 4 credits in physical education, every year in specific ways
  • 1 credit in health education
  • 2 credits in arts education, including visual arts, music, dance, and theater
  • 7 credits in electives

Examination Requirements

Students must score 65 or higher on the following nine exams to earn an advanced Regents diploma.

  • English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Three math exams (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II/Trigonometry)
  • One social studies exam (Global History and Geography or U.S. History and Government)
  • Two science exams (Living Environment and one of these: Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics)
  • Any additional Regents exam, or another option approved by the State
  • Any NYC World Languages exam (also known as Languages Other Than English (LOTE) exam)

Credit Requirements

Students need 44 credits in these subject areas to earn an Advanced Regents diploma. This is the same total number of credits as a Regents diploma, but with more courses in a language other than English (LOTE) and fewer elective courses.

  • 8 credits in core English
  • 8 credits in social studies, including:
    • 4 credits in Global History
    • 2 credits in U.S. History
    • 1 credit in Participation in Government
    • 1 credit in Economics
  • 6 credits in math, including:
    • At least 2 credits in advanced math (for example, Geometry or Algebra II)
  • 6 credits in science, including:
    • 2 credits in any life science
    • credits in any physical science
    • 2 credits in any life science or physical science
  • 6 credits in World Languages
  • 4 credits in physical education, every year in specific ways
  • 1 credit in health education
  • 2 credits in arts education, including visual arts, music, dance, and theater
  • 3 credits in electives

Students only need two World Language credits if they are earning an arts or CTE endorsement. Some students who have a disability that makes it challenging to learn a language can earn credits in other subjects instead of World Languages.

New York State sets graduation requirements. Some requirements are different based on the year a student started high school. These requirements are described on different graduation requirements cards(Open external link) located on the DOE InfoHub.

  • Use the current graduation requirements card to read about graduation options for all students who started ninth grade in 2017.
  • Use the past graduation requirements cards to read about graduation options for students who started ninth grade before 2017. There are separate cards for three groups of students:
    • general education students
    • students with disabilities
    • Career & Technical Education (CTE) students

For more information about graduation requirements, or to get a copy of the graduation requirement cards, contact your student’s school.

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High School Learning

High School is an exciting time when students have more options, but also more responsibility. Students focus on earning a diploma, attending college, pursuing a career, and other options after graduation. Academic grades and coursework, extracurricular activities, internships, and volunteer experience are very important. High school students will need help prioritizing responsibilities and meeting expectations.

In grades 9–12, students have more flexibility in the types of classes they take. Students are still required to take and pass classes in certain core subjects, including English, math, social studies, and science, but other course options and requirements may vary by school or program. While there are standard course sequences by grade level, some students may take classes in a different order.

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High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice

122 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

212-501-1201

Ms. A. Burnett, Principal IA Room 486/Ext. 4864

Assistant Principals

Ms. L. Fernandez Room 438/Ext. 4161

Ms. T. Muscolino Room 450/Ext. 4511 

2021-2022 ORGANIZATION SHEET

Leilani Hernandez, Secretary – Room 486B/Ext. 4862

Jennifer Vega, Office Manager – Room 486/Ext. 4864

 

TEACHER

ROOM #

EXT. #

CONTENT AREA(S)

Bonilla, Elvio

450

4507

Attendance Teacher

Caulfield, Alex

483

4831

Pre-Calculus & AP Computer Sci.

Cinque, Joseph

476

4761

English & Government

Diaz, Barbara

GYM

7022/1092

Physical Education

Dindial, Savitri

474

4741

English 9

Dinovitser, Mark

471

4711

Special Education

Durano, Chona

471

4711

Special Education

Fryer, Christine

442

4421

Global History (+Honors)

Gionti, Kelly

424

4241

English, AP Lit.

Goldsmith, Jason

478

4781

Global & US History

Herring, Gerald

GYM

7022/1012

Physical Education 

Ho, Melinda

471

4711

Special Education

Jackson, Carrie

470

4701

Global & AP US History

Jaman, Lynn

489

4891

Algebra II

Lozzi, Christopher

477

4771

Earth Science & Robotics

Miles, Cristopher

480

4801

Living Environment & Forensics

O’Donnell, Peter

470

4701

ENL 

Rebong, Nazar

487

4871

Geometry

Richard, Sarah

422

4221

English 9 & 12, AP Psychology

Sarmiento, Magdalena

482

4821

Living Environment

Schur, Skylar

472

4721

English 10

Sundarraj, Malini

481

4811

Algebra I

Withers, Woodrow

GYM

7022/1014

Physical Education & Health

Yonks, Erica

488

4881

Visual Arts

 

 

 

 

SBST TEAM

Sarah Schuldenfrei

 

2008

School Psychologist

Philip Steinbach

 

2008

Bilingual Social Worker

Andre McCollough

 

2008

Family Worker

McNamee, Lindsay

440

4403

Speech Teacher

 

 

450

4503

Parent Coordinator

Bliss, Rosellen

450

4504

Guidance Counselor

Sand, Leila

450

4501

Guidance Counselor

Straub, B.

440

4401

Dean

 

PARAPROFESSIONALS

 

 

SCHOOL AIDES

Chusan, Maribel

471

 

McElderry, Mark

Green, Shaahida

471

 

Rodriguez, Victor

Frank Bonilla

471

 

Vega, Marta

 

SCHOOL SAFETY OFFICERS

ROOM #

EXT. #

Level III Pena 

 

 

SSA: 

Front Desk

1001

 

Sanchez, L.  (212) 360-1550

Cafeteria

 

Food Service Manager

 

CUSTODIAL

ROOM # 

Ext. #

 

 

 

2472

Custodian Engineer

 

 

2471

Custodians

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