Graduation Requirements

Standard Diploma

requires completion of 26 credits

4 English Credits – English 9, 10, 11, 12

4 Social Studies Credits – 0.5 NM History, 0.5 World Geography, 1.0 World History, 1.0 US History, 0.5 Economics, 0.5 Government

4 Science Credits – Must include two of the following (from 2 of the 3 different disciplines): Chemistry or Chemistry in the Community, Biology, or Physics, as well as two additional science electives

4 Math Credits - Including Algebra II (it’s equivalent or higher)

1 World Languages or Career Cluster or Workplace Readiness Credit

1 Physical Education Credit

0.5 Health Credit

0.5 Technology Credit

0.5 Fine Arts Credit

6.5 Elective Credits

Students must take one high school credit of a Distance Learning, OR Advanced Placement (AP), OR a Dual Enrollment college class.


New Mexico State Public Education Department: For reading, writing, math, and science, students must take at least two administrations of the PARCC graduation assessments and SBA Science before using an Alternative Demonstration of Competence (ADC). However, students may take an EoC after completing any high school level course and may bank a passing score to employ at a later date in case they do not pass the SBA or PARCC in a subject area.

Students who complete credit requirements but do not meet assessment requirements are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. These students have five (5) years past exiting high school to pass assessments in the required subjects and earn a New Mexico Diploma of Excellence.

Diploma of Distinction

Rio Rancho Public Schools Diploma of Distinction Program is an initiative that encourages students to take challenging courses while in high school. This course of study gives students the foundation they need to succeed in a technical school, community college, university, the military, or industry. In order to be recognized with a Diploma of Distinction, students need to meet the requirements listed below:

Rio Rancho Public Schools Diploma of Distinction requires completion of 28 credits with no grade lower than a C. Weighted course letter grades will not be adjusted.

4 *English Credits – English 9, 10, 11, 12

4 *Social Studies Credits – NM History/Geography, World History, US History, Economics/Government

4 *Science Credits – Must include: Earth & Space/Conceptual Physics**; two of the following: Chemistry, Biology, or Physics: as well as one additional science elective.

4 *Math Credits – Must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Trigonometry equivalent or higher. (Financial Algebra, or Everyday Stats does not qualify)

2 World Language Credits in the same language

1 Physical Education Credit

0.5 Health Credit

0.5 Technology Credit

0.5 Fine Arts Credit

7.5 Elective Credits

• Students must have a 3.0 GPA at the end of semester 7 (the fall semester of the senior year)

• Students must take two credits of AP (Advanced Placement) courses.

**An alternate 9th grade science course may be substituted for incoming transfer students.

Bilingual-Biliteracy Diploma Seal

Meet all NM PED and RRPS graduation requirements

Earn 4 units of credit on transcript in the same language with a C or better (may be from other institutions and may include a Dual Credit experience to get the 4th credit)

Earn a score of 3 or higher on one of the following AP exams: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature – in addition, students will be encouraged by their Language teacher to take the STAMP or AAPPL exam and earn an Intermediate High or higher on either of those exams.