Graduation requirements for high school students.
To earn a New Mexico high school diploma, students are expected to
- Complete 25 credits
- Demonstrate competency in five areas: reading, math, writing, science and social studies. Most students can demonstrate competency by passing a state standardized test in each area. Students who fail one or more of these tests now have the option of submitting a portfolio of work. Recently added exemptions and other alternatives also are available.
All seniors should meet with their school counselor to make sure they are on track to graduate.
Students must have 25 credits in the following courses:
|Math||4 units of one of which must be algebra II or higher|
US History 1 unit
|Physical Education||1 unit|
|Career or workplace readiness, arts, or language course||1 unit|
|At least 1 but, any one, of the required units must be an Honors or Advanced Placement course, or a Dual Enrollment or on-line (distance learning) course.||1 unit|
Career Technical Education in Workplace Readiness Courses includes:
- Business Management and Finance
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Automotive Technologies
- Culinary Arts
- Manufacturing and Construction Trades
- Technology / Media Technologies
- Computer Science
- The Arts:
- Visual Art
By state law, in order to graduate with a New Mexico Public School diploma, students must demonstrate competency in five areas:
- Science, and
- Social Studies
The primary way a student graduating in Spring of 2017 shows competency in these areas is by passing the PARCC (Math, Reading/Writing), SBA (Science) assessments and passing End of Course exams (Social Studies).