General Graduation Requirements

All HTDHS students may earn a Certificate of Graduation recognized by the National Association of Independent Democratic Schools by completing the following graduation requirements:

1) Portfolio: Students complete a portfolio containing evidence that they are prepared for their next step as young adults in society.

2) Personal Mission Statement: This is a document written by the student descripbing who the student is, what their learning process has been through high school, and how the student has prepared for life after graduation.

Graduation Committee
The graduate presents his or her work before a committee comprised of teachers, community mentors, and fellow students. The committee determines whether Harriet Tubman Democratic High School will award the student a certificate of graduation.

*These HDHS graduation requirements may be altered at any time based on school consensus

NYS Diploma Requirements

If a student chooses to earn a NYS Diploma in addition to our Certificate of Graduation, they must fulfill the state dictated requirements. As of Fall 2016, they include, but may not be limited to:

1) 22 Units of Credit:

4 units of English
4 units of Social Studies
3 units of Science
3 units of Mathematics
1 unit of Language Other Than English
1 unit of Visual Art, Music, Dance, or Theater
.5 unit of Health Education
2 units of Physical Education
3.5 units of Elective Studies

2) Standardized Exams:

Reading and Writing (RCT or Regents)
Mathematics (RCT or Regents multiple exams)
Science (RCT or Regents multiple exams)
US History and Government (RCT or Regents)
Global Studies (RCT or Regents)
Foreign Language (Regents)

3) Course Sequences / Pathways:

See staff for details


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