Graduation Requirements

Graduation from Queensbury High School requires the fulfillment of course and examination requirements as outlined by the New York State Board of Regents. The Board of Regents now allow students to choose from among multiple pathways to meet the assessment requirements for earning a Regents or local diploma. Students have the following options for graduation pathways:

  1. Four (4) regents exams required: one each in English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies
  2. Plus one (1) additional assessment meeting any of the following assessment requirements:
    1. Math regents exam in a different math course
    2. Science regents exam in a different science course
    3. Social Studies regents exam in a different social studies course
    4. Department-approved career and technical education (CTE) pathway assessment, following successful completion of an approved CTE program
    5. Department-approved pathway assessment in the arts
    6. Department-approved pathway assessment in a language other than English (LOTE)
    7. Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) credential option

Queensbury offers three possible high school diplomas — local, regents and advanced regents — with the possibility of additional accolades and, for the special education population, two commencement credentials: CDOS and Skills and Achievement (SACC).

    The eight-period, alternate-day block schedule requires all blocks to be scheduled. Course selections should be discussed carefully with a high school counselor. Unless otherwise noted in the departmental course listings, a full-year course is equal to one credit toward graduation and a one-semester course earns one-half credit.

    Course requirements

    Students must earn the following credits to graduate with one of four possible diplomas:

    • English: 4 for all diplomas
    • Social Studies: 4 for all diplomas
    • Mathematics: 3 for all diplomas
    • Science: 3 for all diplomas
    • Art/Music: 1 for all diplomas
    • Health: 0.5 for all diplomas
    • Physical Education: 2 for all diplomas
    • Foreign Language: 1 for local and regents diplomas; 3 for an advanced regents diploma
    • Electives: 3.5 for local and regents diplomas; 1.5 for an advanced regents diploma
    • Total Credits: 22 for all diplomas

    Assessment requirements

    Students must earn a minimum grade of 65 on all of the following regents:

    Regents/local diploma (4+1 exams)

    • English Language Arts Common Core exam
    • Social Studies exam
    • 1 Math Common Core exam
    • 1 Science exam
    • 1 additional assessment from options above

    Advanced regents diploma (8 exams)

    • English Language Arts Common Core exam 
    • Global History & Geography exam
    • U.S. History exam
    • Algebra Common Core, Geometry Common Core & Algebra II Common Core exams 
    • 2 Science exams

    Additional diploma accolades

    • Honors Distinction – Students who earn an overall average of a 90 or higher on the regents assessment requirements receive an honors distinction. Students who earn an overall average of a 90 or higher on all eight regents exams needed for a regents diploma with advanced designation receive an honors distinction.
    • Math and/or Science Seal – Students who earn an 85 or higher on three math regents exams will earn a math seal. Students who earn an 85 or higher on three science regents will earn a science seal (note: one of the three must be the Living Environment exam).
    • Technology Academy Seal – Students who complete a technology strand will earn a seal in either industrial technology, information technology or new media technology.
    • Career & Technical Education Endorsement – Students who pass the regents assessment requirements and the certification exam for a vocational field of study receive a CTE endorsement seal.