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APS Graduation Requirements

High School and College/Career Planning

GPA is important ... and credit is the key to graduation!

What do I need to graduate from Albuquerque Public Schools?

To earn a New Mexico high school diploma, students are expected to

Complete 25 credits

Demonstrate competency in five areas:

  • reading 
  • math 
  • writing 
  • science
  • social studies

Most students can demonstrate competency by passing a state standardized test in each area. Students who fail one or more of these tests now have the option of submitting a portfolio of work. Recently added exemptions and other alternatives also are available.