Course Descriptions, Graduation Requirements and Career and Technical Education

River Road high school Course Descriptions- The course catalog is a great source of information for high school graduation requirements and courses.

Graduation Requirements - provides details about the Foundation High School Program, benefits and explanation of the Distinguished Level of achievement option, endorsement choices, checklists and resources. 

River Road High School Endorsements 

CTE Annual Public Notification of Nondiscrimination

CTE Annual Public Notification of Nondiscrimination (Spanish)

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Career & Technical Education (CTE) provides students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. The Amarillo ISD CTE programs prepare students for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand careers through cultivating personal passion and active learning. Through a sequence of course offerings within an occupational pathway, called Programs of Study, students have opportunities to cultivate skills that will lead to industry-based certifications and preparation for the next level of training beyond high school. 

Build Your Future With CTE Classes


Bridging the Skills Gap: Career and Technical Education in High School


The first lady talks about CTE

CTE Programs Of Study

Endorsements & Programs of Study

In the State of Texas there are five Endorsement Areas for high school students. The Endorsement Areas consist of Arts and Humanities, Business and Industry, Multidisciplinary, Public Service, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Endorsements consist of a related series of courses that are grouped together, by interest or skill set, into a Program of Study. For example, within the Endorsement Area of Business and Industry there is a wide array of CTE Programs of Study such as Welding Technology, Animal Science, Business Management, and many more for students to select as a Program of Study.

Programs of Study (POS) provide a framework for bridging academic and technical instruction in a sequenced pathway that expands, rather than limits, opportunities for today’s learners. These sequences:

River Road High School offers the following CTE Programs of Study: (Endorsements)

Public Services: Nursing Science, Family and Community Services, Cosmetology

Business and Industry: Animal Science, AWS Welding, 

Business and Industry: Business Management, Design and Multimedia Arts

We also have the following Endorsements:



Arts and Humanities

CTE College & Career Resources

Helpful CTE College & Career Resources


Career and Technical Education TEKS are found in two chapters of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 127, Career Development (Opens in new window), and Chapter 130, Career and Technical Education (by career cluster) (Opens in new window).