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Academic Requirements

In keeping with the educational objectives of CCHS, all students in grades 7 – 11 must carry seven (7) courses excluding Physical Education.  

Seniors must carry six (6) courses excluding Physical Education.

Graduation Requirements for the Middle School

Required Courses Units of Study
Theology 2
English 2
Social Studies 2
Math 2
Science 2
Second Language 2
Art 1
Health ½
Physical Education 2

7th Grade Assessments
  • New York State English Language Arts Exam

  • New York State Math Exam

  • Iowas

8th Grade Assessments
  • New York State Science Exam

  • Iowas

  • Proficiency Examination in Spanish

  • New York State Regents Examinations in Algebra I CC and Living Environment for students in those classes

Graduation Requirements for the High School

Required Courses Regents Diploma Regents  Diploma with Advanced Designation
Credits Credits
Theology 4 4
ELA 4 4
Social Studies    4 4
Math 3 3
Science 3 3
  • Language other than


1 3*
Fine Arts 1 1
Health 1/2 1/2
Physical Education 2 2

Students need a total of 22 credits for graduation.  One (1) credit of Business is an additional requirement for all CCHS graduates.

Students may be exempt from the language other than ELA requirement by acquiring five (5) units of credit in any one of the following subject areas:

    • Art

    • Business


Departmental electives may vary in their prerequisites.  The school counselors direct students in their choice of electives based on their interests and abilities.

Regents Exams

The NYS Board of Regents requires that students demonstrate competency in basic subject areas before a diploma is issued.  All students must take and pass a Regents exam in ELA, Global History, US History, Math, and Science in order to graduate.  The specific number of required Regents exams for a Regents diploma or a Regents diploma with advanced designation is outlined below, as are the requirements for a second language other than ELA.

Required High School Examinations

Regents Diploma Advanced Designation Diploma
* Regents Global History and Geography Regents Global History and Geography
*Regents U.S.  History and Government    Regents U.S.  History and Government   
Regents Science Exam—1 Regents Science Exams - 2
Regents Mathematics—1 Regents Mathematics  Exams—3
Language Other Than ELA Exam

*Multiple Pathways (4+1) to High School Graduation

Students can replace the requirement of passing either the Global World History or the Regents in U.S. History and Government with passing a second science Regents exam, a second math Regents exam or the Foreign Language Checkpoint B exam.

Checkpoint A, Diocesan Proficiency Test in Spanish

A Diocesan Proficiency Test in Spanish is given after the completion of the 8th grade Language other than ELA course.  To earn one high school credit, a student must receive a passing grade of 65% on this exam.  Otherwise, the student must pass a Language other than ELA course in high school to satisfy the requirement for a diploma.  It is recommended that all students take three or four years of a language in order to prepare for college.

Course Levels

The following "levels" are used to compute class rank.  Courses are "weighted" according to their level of difficulty and receive the following multipliers

Level 3 Advanced Placement (AP) and University in the High school (UHS) courses 1.10
Level 2 Honors courses 1.05
Level 1 Regents and Regents-level courses 1.00

University at the High School (UHS) & Crusader to Saint Program

The University at the High School Program is under the direction and sponsorship of the University at Albany and Hudson Valley Community College.  The Crusader to Saint Program is a program offered on the Siena College campus for select CCHS seniors. These programs allow qualified students to earn college credit while still at CCHS.  By entering college with previously earned credits, students can expedite their graduation from college or explore a wider range of academic areas during a regular college sequence.

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students.  American colleges often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores above a certain number on the examinations.  The AP curriculum for the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in each subject.  For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain it satisfies the AP curriculum.  If the course is approved the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Ledger.

Catholic Central High School currently offers several AP courses.  Allen Grove in an article AP Classes – Why They Matter writes “the successful completion of Advanced Placement classes has benefits during both the college application process and undergraduate life.

The folks in the admissions office want to see that you have taken the most challenging courses available to you.  Success in difficult courses is the surest sign of your preparedness for college.  The most challenging courses, of course, are college-level Advanced Placement classes.  AP classes require the type of high-level calculating and critical thinking that you will encounter in your first year of college.  If you can write essays and solve problems successfully for an AP class, you have mastered many skills that will lead to success in college.”