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High School Graduation Requirements




Starting from the 2014-2015 Academic year the Commissioner must adopt a transition plan to implement House Bill (HB) 5 and replace the old Graduation plans to the new foundation program. You can reach details about HB5 and the new Foundation Program at the Texas Education Agency (TEA) web site.  Please find current SST Public School Graduation Requirement for each Program. To graduate from high school, students entering the 9th grade in the 2007–2008 school year and thereafter shall enroll in the courses necessary to complete the curriculum requirements of the Recommended High School Program (“RHSP”) or the Distinguished Achievement Program (“DAP”). In certain circumstances, a student, the student’s parent, and a school counselor or administrator may agree in writing that the student should be permitted to take courses under the Minimum High School Program (“MHSP”). 

In order to obtain a diploma, graduating seniors must also:
1. Pass state-mandated exit-level tests (TAKS);
2. Show proof of completion of 100 hours of community service; and
3. Show proof of admission by a four-year college.
Recommended High School Program (RHSP)

English
Four Credits must consist of:
English I or English I for Speakers of Other Languages
English II or English II for Speakers of Other Languages
English III or AP English Language and Composition
English IV or AP English Literature and Composition

Mathematics
Four Credits must consist of:
Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II
The additional credit may be selected from either of the following and must be successfully completed prior to Algebra II:
Mathematical Models with Applications
Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (CTE)
The fourth credit may be selected from the following after successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II:
Pre-calculus
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB 
AP Calculus BC 
AP Computer Science 
Independent Study 
Engineering Mathematics (CTE)

Science
Four Credits must consist of:
A biology credit (Biology or AP Biology)
A chemistry credit (Chemistry or AP Chemistry)
A physics credit (Physics or AP Physics (B or C) or Principles of Technology I )
The fourth credit must be selected from the following:
Astronomy 
Aquatic Science
Environmental Science
Earth and Space Science
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics B or C
AP Environmental Science
The additional credit may be IPC and must be successfully completed prior to chemistry and physics.

Social Studies
Three-and one-half credits must consist of:
World Geography or AP Human Geography (one credit)
World History or AP World History (one credit)
US History or AP US History (one credit)
US Government or AP US Government (one-half credit)

Economics
One-half credit must consist of:
Economics 
AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics

Physical Education
One credit must consist of:
Foundations of Personal Fitness
Adventure/Outdoor Education
Aerobic Activities
Team or Individual Sports

Languages Other Than English
Two Credits must consist of any two levels in the same language.
An AP course can also be substituted for each level (must also be the same language).

Speech
One-half credit:
Communication Applications

Fine Arts
One credit choose one from the followings:
Art (I,II,III)
Dance (I,II,III)
Music (I,II,III)
Theatre (I,II,III)
AP Music Theory
AP Studio Arts
AP Art History

Elective Courses
Five and one-half credits from:
AP Psychology
AP European History
Creative Writing
Debate
Journalism
Multiculturalism
Psychology
Photography
Sociology
Computer Science
Desktop Publishing
Digital Graphics
Multimedia
Video Technology
Web Mastering
BCIS
AP Computer Science A
Or any other course approved by SST Schools

Advanced Measures
None

Community Service Hours
100 hours

Senior Capstone Project
Successful completion of the Senior Capstone Project within the English IV curriculum

College Admission
Proof of admission by a 4-year college is required

State Testing
All students must satisfactorily pass the required state mandated tests for graduation
Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP)

English
Four Credits must consist of:
English I or English I for Speakers of Other Languages
English II or English II for Speakers of Other Languages
English III or AP English Language and Composition
English IV or AP English Literature and Composition

Mathematics
Four Credits must consist of:
Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II
The additional course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite such as:
Pre-calculus
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB 
AP Calculus BC 
AP Computer Science 
Independent Study 
Engineering Mathematics (CTE)

Science
Four Credits must consist of:
A biology credit (Biology or AP Biology)
A chemistry credit (Chemistry or AP Chemistry)
A physics credit (Physics or AP Physics (B or C) or Principles of Technology I )
After successful completion of a biology, a chemistry, and a physics
course, the fourth credit may be selected from the following:
Astronomy 
Aquatic Science
Environmental Science
Earth and Space Science
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics B or C
AP Environmental Science
IPC may not be taken to fulfill any of the four credits of science requirements.

Social Studies
Three-and one-half credits must consist of:
World Geography or AP Human Geography (one credit)
World History or AP World History (one credit)
US History or AP US History (one credit)
US Government or AP US Government (one-half credit)

Economics
One-half credit must consist of:
Economics 
AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics

Physical Education
One credit must consist of:
Foundations of Personal Fitness
Adventure/Outdoor Education
Aerobic Activities
Team or Individual Sports

Languages Other Than English
Three Credits must consist of any three levels in the same language.
An AP course can also be substituted for each level (must also be the same language).

Speech
One-half credit:
Communication Applications

Fine Arts
One credit choose one from the following:
Art (I,II,III)
Dance (I,II,III)
Music (I,II,III)
Theatre (I,II,III)
AP Music Theory
AP Studio Arts
AP Art History

Elective Courses
Four and one-half credits from:
AP Psychology
AP European History
Creative Writing
Debate
Journalism
Multiculturalism
Psychology
Photography
Sociology
Computer Science
Desktop Publishing
Digital Graphics
Multimedia
Video Technology
Web Mastering
BCIS
AP Computer Science A
Or any other course approved by SST Schools

Advanced Measures
A student must receive any combination of four advanced measures

Community Service Hours
100 hours

Senior Capstone Project
Successful completion of the Senior Capstone Project within the English IV curriculum

College Admission
Proof of admission by a 4-year college is required

State Testing
All students must satisfactorily pass the required state mandated tests for graduation
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