Academic Policies

Diploma Requirements

Graduating Students

Graduating students shall have earned at least 22 units of credit including 5 Regents courses and two credits in physical education to receive a Regents Diploma.

Required Courses

Grade 9

  • English 9
  • Social Studies 9
  • Math
  • Science
  • Phys. Ed. (0.5)

Grade 10

  • English 10
  • Social Studies 10
  • Math
  • Science
  • Health (0.5)
  • Phys. Ed. (0.5)

Grade 11

  • English 11
  • Social Studies 11
  • Math
  • Science
  • Phys. Ed. (0.5)

Grade 12

  • English 12
  • Social Studies 12
  • Phys. Ed. (0.5)

Students are also required to take 1 credit in fine arts, and 1 credit in foreign language.

Required Regents Exams

  • Algebra I
  • 1 Science
  • 1 Social Studies
  • English Language Arts
  • 1 Regents Pathways option

Additional Diploma Credentials

  • Regents w/Honors
  • Advanced Regents
  • Advanced Regents w/Honors
  • Designations for mastery in science/math

Pathways to earning a Regents diploma and the performance standards for additional credentials are outlined on the NYSED website.

In addition, NYSED requires students to have received instruction in hands-free Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the use of Automated External Defibrillators before graduation. In Herkimer CSD, instruction is delivered to students through the PE and/or health curriculum.

Guidance Programs

Guidance programs are available for all students K-12 to ensure effective participation in their current and future educational programs. In grades 7-12, the guidance program provides the following services:

  1. an annual review of each student’s educational and career plans;
  2. instruction to help students learn about curriculum options and careers;
  3. individual and/or group counseling assistance to help students develop and implement postsecondary education and career plans; and
  4. individual or group counseling assistance to help students who exhibit any attendance, academic or adjustment problems.

Current information on career exploration, scholarships, and other services provided by the guidance office is available through links on the District website. The District’s Guidance Plan may also be accessed at the District website

Current scholarship information is posted on the Herkimer High Guidance Office Facebook page.

Grading Systems

Grades are used to indicate achievement and development in each class or subject area in which a student is enrolled. All students are expected to complete the assigned class work and homework as directed. Students are also expected to participate meaningfully in class discussions and activities in order to receive course credit. While students should strive to do the best they possibly can, a minimum average of 65% is required (for passing).

Students earn a marking period report card grade each quarter from their classroom teacher. Final grades for the year are computed by using an average of the report card quarter grades and final exam grade.

Parents/guardians may monitor their child’s grades using the Parent Portal. Parents must request access to the Parent Portal on an annual basis. Students also have access to this system through the Student Portal.

Honor Roll

Four times each year, after report cards are issued, an Honor Roll will be released based upon grades received during the quarter. Honors will be awarded for each course in which the student had an average of 89.5 or above. The student Honor Roll is provided to local newspapers for publication.

In the fall, the Academic H Award is presented to students who maintained a minimum 89.5 average every quarter of the prior school year.