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Student Requirements

Graduation Requirements

As mandated by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Paterson School District, the following requirements must be successfully met in order to receive a diploma.

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Physical Education
  • 4 years of Health
  • 3 years of Mathematics
  • 3 years of Science
  • 2 years of United States History
  • 1 year of World History/Cultures
  • 2 years of Fine/Practical Arts
  • ½ year of Careers
  • ½ year of Personal Finance/Economics
  • 125 credits of coursework successfully completed and a passing mark on a proficiency assessment


The grading system approved for our high school is as follows:

  • Each Marking Period grade stands alone with each having a value of 20% of the final grade.
  • The mid-term and final exam grades stand alone each with a value of 10% of the final grade.
  • Letter grades will be used on report cards using the following numerical scale. As the district implements a new grading scheme over the next few years, note that the passing grade of 63 will increase to 67 and then to 70. The following chart is for the 2018/2019 school year.





Numerical Value




Dual Enrollment







A+ 96-100 4.33 4.67 5.00
A 92-95 4.00 4.33 4.67
A- 90-91 3.67 4.00 4.33


86-89 3.33 3.67 4.00
B 82-85 3.00 3.33 3.67


2.67 3.00 3.33
C+ 76-79 2.33 2.67 3.00
C 72-75 2.00 2.33 2.67
C- 70-71 1.67 2.00 2.33
D+ 67-69 1.33 1.67 2.00
D 63-66 1.00 1.33 1.67
F 0-62 0.00 0.00 0.00
I Incomplete n/a n/a n/a
NG No Grade n/a n/a n/a
P Passing n/a n/a n/a
W Withdrawal n/a n/a n/a

To download an image version of this chart, click here.

Principal's Honor Roll: All A's

Regular Honor Roll : All A's and B's with only one C permitted (provided the C is balanced by an A in a subject of equal or greater credit value.)

Class rank is computed as recommended by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Guidance Services

Guidance services are available to every student in the school. Services include assistance with:

  • Educational planning
  • Interpretation of test scores
  • Occupational/Career information
  • Help with home, school, social concerns
  • Assistance with applications for financial needs
  • Other questions the student would like to discuss with a guidance counselor


Curriculum and Special Features of the HARP Academy program:

To qualify for a diploma, students must meet all academic requirements set by Paterson Public Schools and the State of New Jersey, along with the requirements for their health career or health field pathway. The coursework is heavy in the areas of science and mathematics. 

Two possible pathways:

College coursework in collaboration with:

  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
  • Montclair State University (MSU)
  • Passaic County Community College (PCCC)


  • Certifications in fields of Medical (CHHA, Medical Billing and Coding)
  • Dental careers in collaboration with local hospitals -- Paterson Board of Health and Delta Dental

Each of these programs include required clinicals/mentorships in various departments at the local hospital or at the Paterson Board of Health (dental assistant).

The academic program consists of a wide range of college preparatory core courses and honors classes in English, Mathematics and Science. Electives are offered in writing, fine arts, technology, and various health career preparations.