How to Get an Advanced Diploma

When I was in eighth grade, I was asked if I wanted the Regents Diploma or the Advanced Regents Diploma. Me being me, of course I said I wanted the Advanced Regents Diploma. This post is for students in NYS who want to know the secrets behind getting an advanced diploma. First, you should note that the only real difference between the two Diplomas is what classes the student takes. Here are the differences between the two diplomas (well, at least at my school):

Regents Diploma

  • Only take Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and math 3
  • Only need to take 1 science class with a regents for ex. biology or earth science
  • Only need to take 1 foreign language class

Advanced Regents Diploma

  • Need to take geometry and common core advanced algebra
  • Need to take 2 science classes that have the science regents
  • Need to take 3 foreign language classes

In order to get either regents, you need to complete 30 volunteer hours and receive 22.5 credits.


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