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Schalmont Central School District
Imran Abbasi, Principal
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2017-18 Course Guide

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The Schalmont High School Curriculum and Planning Guide is designed to help students plan a successful, enjoyable high school experience. Planning a course of studies is one of the most important phases of a student’s entire educational program. Students are encouraged to work with their parents and guidance counselors to plan a challenging course of studies that will help them reach their educational and post-secondary school goals.

This guide outlines graduation requirements, addresses questions commonly asked about high school programs, and provides a detailed list and description of courses offered to students. If you have questions about any of the content in this guide, please contact one of the guidance counselors listed to the right.

Students begin to plan a high school course of studies while in the eighth grade, working with counselors at Schalmont Middle School. Students then continue planning their course of studies with high school counselors. Guidance counselors maintain a complete set of records on each student and are the best resource for assistance with planning an appropriate course of study. Parents are encouraged to call for an appointment if any questions arise regarding the planning of their child’s high school experience.

Grade level promotion requirements

To provide enough units for graduation, each student is required to take five subjects plus physical education each year. In addition, the following requirements for promotion to the next grade level have been established.

Grade Level/Class Units of Credit Required for Promotion

  • Grade 9/freshman: Promotion from 8th grade
  • Grade 10/sophomore: 5.0 units, 1 of which must be English or Social Studies
  • Grade 11/junior: 11 units, 3 of which must be in English or Social Studies
  • Grade 12/senior: 17 units, 5 of which must be English or Social Studies.

Graduation Requirements

Regents or Advanced Regents Diplomas

A student must earn 22 credits. All students must carry at least six courses per semester, one of which must be physical education.

Students must pass all  five of the applicable Regents exams below with a grade of 65 or higher  in order to receive a high school diploma:

  • 1 English Regents
  • 1 Math Regents
  • 1 Science Regents
  • 1 Social Studies Regents
  • It is expected that any additional math, science or social studies Regents offered by the state will count for the fifth required examination or the CDOS certification.

Tests Required for Advanced Regents Diploma

  • Integrated Algebra
  • Geometry
  •  Trigonometry
  • (2) Science Regents (One of which must be Living Environment)
  • Global Studies
  • U. S. History and Government
  • English
  • Second Language

Credits Required  for Regents Diploma / Advanced Regents Diploma

English: 4.0 / 4.0

Social Studies: 4.0 / 4.0

Mathematics: 3.0  / 3.0

Science: 3.0 / 3.0

Arts: 1.0  / 1.0

Health: 0.5 / 0.5

Physical Education: 2.0 / 2.0

Second Language: 1.0  / 3.0

Electives: 3.0  / 1.0

Career & Financial Management: 0.5 / 0.5

Total:  22.0  /  22.0

Regents Diploma with Honors

A student must have an average score of 90 on all required Regents examinations, including: English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, U.S. History and Government, and Global History and Geography.

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors

A student needs to have an average score of 90 on all required Regents examinations, including: English language arts (ELA), two (or three) mathematics, two sciences (one each in physical science and life science), U.S. History and Government, Global History and Geography, and languages other than English (LOTE).

Local Diplomas

Local Diplomas will be available to some students with an IEP or 504. Additionally, some regular education students might eligible. Counselors will guide each student individually though this process.



More Information


Department Heads

  • English, 9-12:
    Kevin Curtin x3510
  • Math, 9-12:
    Natalie Casalinuovo x3504
  • Music, K-12"
    Mike Christy x3021
  • Science, 9-12:
    Becky Remis x3560
  • Social Studies:
    9-12 Adam Dolan x3521
  • Foreign Language 7-12:
    Fred Orlando x3529

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