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Graduation Tour Guide

For Incoming Ninth Graders

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 9th grade will enter ROHS on the Foundation with Endorsement plan.

FOUNDATION WITH ENDORSEMENT
4 credits English
  • 4 credits Math
  • 4 credits Science
  • 3 credits Social Studies
  • 2 credits Languages other than English
  • 1 credit Physical Education
  • 1 credit Fine Arts
  • ½ credit Communications
  • 1 credit Principles course
  • 5½ credits of other electives (per selected Endorsement)

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

AIM HIGHER 

DISTINGUISHED LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT - ALGEBRA II

  • An important component for automatic admission into publicly funded colleges and universities in Texas
  • Achieved by taking Algebra II as one of the 4 math credits & completing the requirements for an endorsement
  • A Distinguished Level of Achievement will be noted on a graduates's transcript
  • Catch the eye of colleges, universities and employers b earning a Distinguished Level of Achievement

 

PERFORMANCE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Earned for outstanding performance in areas that include:

  • Advanced Placement
  • Dual Credit
  • PSAT, SAT or ACT
  • Bilingualism or Biliteracy
  • Industry Certification

 

FAQs

Is it possible to graduate without an endorsement?
Red Oak ISD policy requires all students in the regular educational program to graduate with an endorsement.

Can I switch my Endorsement during high school if I change my mind?
Yes, simply visit the Counselor's Office at ROHS.

Is any one Endorsement more challenging than the others?
Each offers a variety of courses designed to allow students to pursue specific interests. In fact, these Endorsements allow ROHS to tailor a student's education specifically for them. Each Endorsement can flex to suit a student interested in advanced career and technical training as well as advanced academic courses for college credits.

What about electives?
All five Endorsements have room for students to pursue electives.

 

Contact Information
Call Us: Red Oak High School Counselor’s Office 972-617-4672
Email Us: hscounseling@redoakisd.org or romscounseling@redoakisd.org
Come See Us: Red Oak High School, 122 S. Hwy. 342 in Red Oak, Texas


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