Students graduate with a Regents Diploma or a Local Diploma. When the New York State Education Regulations changed, effective June 30, 2013, the IEP Diploma was repealed. In its place, there is not a new diploma. There is instead, effective for graduates in 2014 and moving forward, two New High School Credential Options for Students with Disabilities. These two options are only for students with IEP’s who are finishing high school: the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential (SACC) and the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. The credentials do not provide the same benefit as a high school diploma.
As high school exit options, the SACC and the CDOS should be included in a student’s IEP transition plan when turning 15 years of age.
- If the student is pursing the CDOSCommencement Credential, there will not be changes in the academic classes offered. Students will continue to be given the opportunity to take Regents classes and exams. To earn the CDOS Credential, the student completes the Career Plan which will document achievement of New York State CDOS Standards along with a minimum of 216 work-based learning experience hours and has an employability profile completed by Hallen faculty and staff.
- A student’s Career Plan must be filled out on the form provided to the school by NYSED and document career interests and goals, career related strengths, and coursework and activities the student plans to pursue in order to reach his or her goals.
- Work based learning experiences can include state-approved programs, job shadowing, community service and internships.
- Only students with severe disabilities who take the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) are eligible to receive the SACC.
- Neither the SACC nor the CDOS may be used to apply to college, trade schools, or the military since neither is a diploma.
Students graduating with a Regents Diploma must have completed 22 credits in math, science, English, Social Studies, Physical Education and the Arts. They must also pass five (5) Regents exams in English, Global History, US History,Earth Science and Algebra.
Prior to graduation, students and their families are referred to various local or state-wide agencies to determine additional post-high school educational and job training opportunities.
Former graduates have been admitted to Utica College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Monroe College, Mercy College, Bronx Community College, Duchess Community College and many others.