Upper Grades 9-12

Upper Grades 9-12

Program Guide

The Sappo School Curriculum Guide is based on New York State Standards and the expectations that students are expected to meet. Specific core concepts that must be taught are presented within predetermined time periods and credit acquisition when applicable. Within each description is the reason why a student may want or need to take the course and the established prerequisite policy.

Essentially, each curriculum is taught with the understanding of the different ways students learn. Personality Type, Learning Style and Hemispheric Dominance are assessed and lessons plans incorporate this plan.

The Curriculum Guide is helpful for students to view when preparing for their academic goals to be reached.  When requirements are met, students can then use elective choices to be certain that they’ve learned all subjects they will need to pass qualifying examinations and to advance in their field. This is the student’s guide for selecting appropriate courses to achieve their goals.

Regents Diploma

Subject AreaCreditsExam Requirements
TOTAL CREDITS22 minimum
English4Comprehensive English Regents
Social Studies4Global History Regents
U.S. History Regents
Mathematics3One Math Regents
Science3One Science Regents
Health1/2None
The Arts1None
Global Language1 to 3Locally Developed and Approved Comprehensive Exam
Physical Education2None
Community Outreach1/2School Approved Project
Electives2 or moreSchool Approved Project

Advanced Regents Diploma

Subject AreaCreditsExam Requirements
TOTAL CREDITS22 minimum
English4Comprehensive English Regents
Social Studies4Global History Regents
U.S. History Regents
Mathematics3Algebra1 Regents, Geometry Regents
Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents
Science3Two Science Regents
Health1/2None
The Arts1None
Global Language1Locally Developed and Approved Comprehensive Exam
Physical Education2None
Community Outreach1/2School Approved Project
Electives3 or moreSchool Approved Project

Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors

  • A grade of 90 or above on all Regents Exams
  • A grade of 80 or above on all other exams and project-based finals or
  • A 5 credit sequence in either Art, Music, Technology, or Family and Consumer Science

Regents Diploma with Advanced Mastery in Mathematics and/or Science

  • Completes all coursework toward a Regents Diploma
  • Completes all testing requirements toward a Regents Diploma
  • Passes 3 mathematics and/or 3 science Regents with a score of 85 or better

Diploma for Special Education

Sappo School serves a population of special education students with average to above average cognitive skills, having mild to moderate disabilities.  The option to earn a local diploma through the use of a “compensatory option” is presented if the student:

  • Scores between 45-54 on one or more of the five required Regents exams, other than the English language arts exam or mathematics exam, but scores 65 or higher on one or more of the required Regents exams. A score of 65 or higher on a single examination may not be used to compensate for more than one examination for which a score of 45-54 is earned.
  • Obtains a passing grade for the course in the subject area of the Regents examination in which he or she received a score of 45-54
  • Has a satisfactory attendance rate in accordance with Sappo School’s attendance policy.
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