Graduation Requirements - HB5

  • For Incoming Ninth Graders

    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.

    • 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.

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    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 graduate'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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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.

    Have questions?
    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, 220 South SH 342 in Red Oak, Texas