Graduation Plan: Class of 2018+
House Bill 5 changed the graduation plans for students entering 9th grade in the 2014-15 school year. Students are expected to complete credits for a Foundation Program and incorporate additional credits toward at least one endorsement.
The Foundation Program is a base plan consisting of 22 credits. Students then select from five endorsements (and will have a minimum of 26 credits): Multidisciplinary Studies, STEM, Business and Industry, Public Service, and Arts and Humanities and complete credits to satisfy individual endorsement criteria. It is possible for students to graduate with more than one endorsement. Distinguished level of achievement can be attained by completing four years of study in each of the core subjects (including Algebra 2), in addition to completing requirements for one endorsement. Further distinctions in the form of performance acknowledgements will be added to the student's final transcript. Performance acknowledgements include:
- Score of 3 or above on an AP test
- Commended Scholar or higher on the PSAT
- SAT score of at least 410 on the Evidenced Based Reading & Writing section and a 520 on the Math section.
- Composite score of 28 on ACT
- 12 hours of college credit with a 3.0 (80) or higher
- Bilingualism and biliteracy
- Obtaining certifications or credentials
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AT POTTSBORO?
At Pottsboro, students will default to what we are calling the Foundation Program + Multidisciplinary Endorsement with the Distinguished Level of Achievement. Now that's a mouthful! Since many of our students traditionally enroll in some type of college upon graduating high school, our goal is to ensure that Pottsboro graduates continue to stand out in the competitive college application process. We are confident that, by completing this program, students will be prepared for continued success in college. Students are invited to complete coursework for additional endorsements as their interests allow.
Additionally, students must pass STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exams in English 1, English 2, Algebra 1, Biology, and US History. Exams are taken the year the student is enrolled in the course.