Diploma Requirements

Fei Tian Academy of the Arts awards the prestigious Fei Tian Diploma, which recognizes students for not only demonstrating college readiness in standard academic subjects, but for achievement of proficiency in the Chinese language and awareness of Chinese traditions and cultures, as well as completion of elite pre-professional arts training in either classical Chinese dance or classical music performance. This special blend of skills and competencies positions students for further study at the college level and to pursue a range of careers.

To receive the Fei Tian Diploma, students must:

  1. Fulfill the New York State standard high school diploma requirements and the school-required assessments in the core academic subjects;
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the Chinese language and awareness of Chinese traditions and cultures, via coursework or examination;
  3. Complete the Fei Tian pre-professional arts training, in either classical Chinese dance or classical music performance; and
  4. Complete at least one year of study at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts.
Fei Tian Diploma Requirements Cr New York SED Standard Diploma Requirements Cr
English language arts 4 English language arts 4
Social studies, including Chinese history 5 Social studies 4
Science 3 Science 3
Mathematics 3 Mathematics 3
Health 0.5 Health 0.5
Chinese language/ Language other than English 4 Language other than English 1
Arts 12.5 Arts 1
Physical education 2 Physical education 2
Electives 3.5* Electives 3.5
Total 34 Total 22

*Since students take many arts and Chinese language courses beyond the state’s requirements for arts and a language other than English, these courses may be used to satisfy the elective requirement, and thus do not raise the total credits required for a diploma above 34.

Students who do not complete all the Fei Tian Diploma requirements but who substantially fulfill the standard diploma course/credit requirements and school-required assessments in the core academic subjects may be eligible to receive a local High School Diploma.