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Graduation Requirements

You are expected to accumulate a specific number of credits each semester. One function of the advisory period is to make sure that you are acquiring the necessary credits in a timely fashion. Students falling behind in a class must attend after-school tutoring to get back on track. Because of the scheduling limits in a school as small as LoMA, if for any reason students fail a class in the fall or spring semester, they must make it up. If they do not, they may have to repeat the entire year even if this means repeating classes they have already passed.

The year is broken up into two semesters with three marking periods in each semester. Each marking period represents six weeks. The final grade for each semester is a cumulative average of all three marking period grades from the beginning of the semester. It is this final grade that determines whether you have to go to summer school. It also appears on your transcript and will be seen by future employers and colleges. Note: summer vacations and summer job plans may not be possible if summer school is mandated.

At LoMA we will measure your success in a variety of ways. We expect you to graduate with a New York State diploma or advanced distinction of advanced distinction with honors. In each individual course, your performance on tests, completion of homework, the quality of your writing and labs and your class work will all be as-sessed based on class rubrics. The requirements for graduation are:

8 Semesters of Advisory (which will fulfill Health requirement)
8 Semesters of English
6 Semesters of Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R)
8 Semesters of Social Studies
8 Semesters of Mathematics
8 Semesters of Science (4 of which are Regents sciences)
2 Semesters of Foreign Language
1/2 Art Credit
1/2 Music Credit
1/2 Dance Credit
1/2 Drama Credit
6 Semesters of Arts Major
8 Semesters of Physical Education
12 Extra Curricular (EA) Credits
2 Semesters of Internship and Internship Seminar
In addition, the following Regents Exams must be passed with a 65:
· Global History
· United States History
· English Language Arts
· Math
· Laboratory Science (note: students must complete 30 science labs in order to pass science and take the Regents exams)

For a Regents Diploma with Advanced Distinction the following exams must also be passed:
2 Additional Math Regents exams (3 in total)
1 Additional Laboratory Science Regents (2 in total)
1 Foreign Language Regents
For an advanced Regents Diploma with Distinction you must earn a 90 or higher on all of your Regents exams.

In 9th grade you will complete a rotation of the four arts: drama, visual arts, dance and music. You will declare one of these as a major and focus on this for your artistic study.

Students at LoMA have the unique opportunity of participating in an individualized course of study during their senior year. In addition to in-school classes, students must participate in an internship tailored to each student’s interests and needs. Also students may have the opportunity to take advanced placement classes and actual college courses offered by local universities. This component of the program will be the equivalent of 12 hours a week.

Extracurricular Activities are vital for your artistic, academic and athletic growth. They will help you make connections with others, learn responsibility, and experience success. Students who are involved in their communities, practice their arts and play sports are richer individuals. Because colleges recognize students who participate in extracurricular activities are more likely to be accepted into good colleges. For these reasons, LoMA requires all of you to earn 12 Extracurricular Activity (EA) credits. These can be earned by participation in an after school arts class, a school team or a weekly tutoring session. It is the expectation that students will earn two EA credits a semester by taking part in two days of extracurricular activities a week.

If you attend after school activities not provided by the school, you can receive credit by submitting documentation to Ms. Gordon in Rm. 318.