Military Parents' Guide to Area Schools

Graduation Requirements

WHAT ARE THE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR TEXAS SCHOOLS?

Graduation Requirements (Grades 9 - 12)

Courses Credit*
RHSP** DAP**&
ENGLISH - English I, English II, English III, English IV   4.0   4.0
MATHEMATICS - Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and a fourth Math course   4.0   4.0
SCIENCE - Biology, Chemistry, Physics plus an additional lab-based course   4.0   4.0
SOCIAL STUDIES - World Geography Studies (one credit), World History Studies (one credit), United States History Studies (one credit), United States Government (one-half credit)   3.5   3.5
ECONOMICS - Economics   0.5   0.5
PHYSICAL EDUCATION   1.0   1.0
*HEALTH (not required by state, but may be a local district requirement)     .5     .5
SPEECH - Communication Applications or Professional Communications   0.5   0.5
FINE ARTS - One credit in any course relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts   1.0   1.0
*TECHNOLOGY (not required by state, but may be a local district requirement)   1.0   1.0
LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH - Any two levels of the same foreign language   2.0   3.0
ELECTIVE COURSES - Credits may be selected from the list of courses approved by the Texas State Board of Education   4.0   3.0
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION    26    26

*Local school districts may vary in their requirements for credits other than the state mandated subjects and credits. The above graduation requirement information is provided as a guide.  It is essential that a contact is made with the high school of planned attendance to verify graduation requirements for that specific school district.

**RHSP = Recommended High Program (Texas) - All El Paso schools comply
***DAP = Distinguished Achievement High School Program (DAP)

The Distinguished Achievement High School Program (DAP) recognizes students who demonstrate levels of performance equivalent to college students or work done by professionals. This graduation plan not only requires credits in certain courses, but also has an advanced measures component. The DAP requires the same course requirements as the RHSP except the replacement of one elective credit with one additional credit of a language other than English (for a total of three credits). To graduate on the DAP, students must also achieve any combination of four specific advanced measures. Students initiate the DAP with their counselor.
Sources for additional information including graduation plans for transfer students:
EPISD - http://www.episd.org/_departments/guidance_services/
SISD - http://www.sisd.net/225710427132357737/blank/browse.asp?A=383&BMDRN=2000&BCO
YISD - Student/Parent Handbook - 2011-12, “The YISD Promise: We Believe,” p. 40-45
http://ysleta.tx.schoolwebpages.com/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=88918

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TEXAS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AND GET ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS THAT I HAVE?

Contact a high school principal, assistant principal or counselor. They will be able to answer your questions. Individual districts may vary in their requirements for credits other than the state mandated subjects and credits.

The Texas Education Agency has a website with extensive information about graduation requirements. You can access the website as follows: www.tea.state.tx.us/graduation.aspx

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DISTINGUISHED HIGH SCHOOL (DAP)?

The Distinguished Achievement Program recognizes students who demonstrate performance at college or professional level.  In addition to required credits, a student must achieve any combination of four from the following:  Original Research/Project, AP Exam, PSAT/NMSQT, International Baccalaureate Examination, and college academic courses, including those taken for dual credit, and advanced technical courses with a grade of 3.0 or higher.

 

CAN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE CLASSES TO EARN HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS?

Yes. Pre-AP and other high school recognized courses are available on many campuses. Check with the middle school where your child is enrolled to determine availability.