In 2013, the State Board of Education released new high school graduation plans for Texas students. The law, commonly referred to as HB 5, resulted in sweeping changes to the graduation plans for students entering high school beginning in 2014-2015.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT FROM THE FORMER GRADUATION PLANS?
Prior to 2014-2015, students in Texas graduated under one of three graduation plans: Distinguished, Recommended or Minimum. Those graduation plans are no longer offered to students entering the 9th grade.
Under the current plan, students earn a Foundation of credits plus declare an Endorsement. Think of Endorsements as Majors in high school. By state law, every student entering the 9thgrade will enter ROHS on the Foundation with Endorsement plan.
WHAT IS AN ENDORSEMENT?
Endorsements are similar to majors in high school. Each Endorsement contains pathways that determine what type of classes the student will take throughout their high school career. Each offers a variety of courses designed to allow students to pursue specific interests. Each endorsement can be rigorous and flexible to meet student needs. There is ample room in each Endorsement for electives and participation in extracurricular activities.
Arts & Humanities Endorsement Earned by taking a sequence of courses in areas such as: Fine Arts, English, History, Literature, World Languages
Business & Industry Endorsement Earned by taking a sequence of courses in areas such as: Information Technology, Communications, Accounting, Marketing, Graphic Design, Automotive Technology, Agriculture Science
Public Services Endorsement Earned by taking a sequence of courses in areas such as: Health Sciences, Teaching, Law Enforcement, NJROTC, Human Services
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Earned by taking a sequence of courses in areas such as: Technology, Engineering, Advanced Math, Advanced Science, Robotics
Multidisciplinary Studies Earned by taking a sequence of courses in areas such as: Math, Science, Social Studies and History or 4 AP/Dual Credit Courses