New Mexico - Public Education Department

Graduation Requirements

New Mexico's graduation requirements—necessary for students to earn a Diploma of Excellence—provide students with strong preparation for college and career readiness. Currently, far too many students drop out or graduate from high school without the knowledge and skills required for success in the 21st century workplace and/or post-secondary education, closing doors and limiting future options.

Dropping out of high school is no longer a viable option. High school dropouts in New Mexico face a 13 percent unemployment rate and earn an average income of $11,426. Nearly every good job requires some certification, license, apprenticeship, associate's degree, or other advanced credential. Click Here to view an Education Week article on lifetime income based on college major

In the chart below is information on graduation course and assessment requirements for the past and present New Mexico graduating classes.

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