New Graduation Requirements During the 83rd Texas Legislature, House Bill 5 was signed into law and changed high school graduation requirements for the students who will be freshmen during the 2014-2015 school year. The plan provides more flexibility for students to pursue higher education or a career pathway.
Foundation Plan The law established one graduation plan - the Foundation High School Program - with an opportunity to earn at least one of five endorsements, along with distinguished and performance acknowledgements. The Foundation program requires 22 credits and earning one endorsement requires 4 credits, for a total of 26 credits.
District Requirements White Oak HS will require students to graduate with 28 credits. Foundation – 22 credits (which includes: a required ½ credit of Professional Communications (Speech) and a required ½ credit of Health) plus Endorsement – 4 credits (includes 1 advanced math and 1 advanced science and 2 electives required to complete endorsement) plus Other Electives – 2 credits of choice from CTE, Fine Arts, Journalism, LOTE, Technology Applications.
District Requirements High school students will be on an 8 period day and can earn up to 32 credits while in high school (which allows for student flexibility to take courses of interest, credit recovery, and/or earn multiple endorsements.)
Overview of HB 5 Graduation Plan
HB 5 Endorsements The state provides for five endorsements. White Oak ISD will offer four endorsements with a total of 13 Pathways.
Business & Industry - 2 pathways CTE Clusters - 6 clusters Debate, Advanced Journalism - Newspaper & Yearbook Multidisciplinary - 3 pathways Four Credits in each of the four core areas including English IV, Chemistry and/or Physics Four Advanced Courses - as determined by the district Four Dual Credit and/or AP courses
Arts & Humanities - 6 pathways Two additional Social Studies credits Two additional LOTE courses Two different LOTE courses American Sign Language Fine Arts: Four credits from Music (Band & Choir), Art, Theatre Three additional English credits STEM - 2 pathways Math - 5 total Math Courses, including Alg. 1, Geometry and 1 advanced math in foundation Science - 5 total Science Courses, (IPC does not count as one of the five)
CTE Clusters with Course Sequences
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Sample 4 year plans
How to be Admitted to College Factors for Admission to Collegehttp://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/articles/Pages/Factors-in-the-Admission-Decision.aspx Courses to take in HS to be admitted to many Colleges: http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/articles/Pages/Your-High-School-Classes.aspx Texas A&M http://admissions.tamu.edu/freshman/admitted University of Texashttp://catalog.utexas.edu/general-information/admission/undergraduate-admission/freshman-admission/ Baylor Universityhttp://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/134838.pdf