Graduation Requirements - HB5

  • Overview

    The State Board of Education specifies high school graduation plans for Texas students. The law, commonly referred to as HB 5, applies to students entering high school beginning in 2014-2015.

    Students earn a Foundation of credits plus declare an Endorsement, similar to a collegiate major or career pathway. Every student entering the 9th grade will enter ROHS on the Foundation with an Endorsement plan for a total of 26 credits.

    • 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)

    In the spring semester of 8th grade, students will select their endorsement and freshman year courses as well as a four-year graduation plan. A student may change or add an endorsement at any time. However, any changes must still result in 26 credits for graduation. Each endorsement offers a variety of courses to pursue a student’s specific interests, and students may take classes in other endorsements if their schedule allows.


    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

    Students interested in aiming higher may select Advanced Placement courses, technical training and industry certifications in certain fields, or pursue the Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA) designation or Performance Acknowledgements.

    Distinguished Level of Achievement - Algebra II

    • Achieved by taking Algebra II as one of the 4 math credits, 4 science credits, plus all requirements for Foundation and an endorsement
    • A Distinguished Level of Achievement will be noted on a graduate's transcript
    • Catch the eye of colleges, universities and employers by earning a Distinguished Level of Achievement
    • Only DLA graduates are eligible for top 10% automatic admission to most Texas public colleges/universities; TEXAS grant eligibility

    Performance Acknowledgements

    A student will earn a performance acknowledgement on their transcript for outstanding performance in certain areas including:

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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the Foundation Graduation Program?

    The Foundation Graduation Program is a core set of classes in the areas of math, English, science, social studies, foreign language, fine arts, physical education and electives that all students must complete as a foundation to graduate from high school.

    What is an Endorsement?

    All incoming 9th grade students must choose an Endorsement plan to complete the required 26 credits for graduation. There are five Endorsements: STEM, Business & Industry, Public Services, Arts & Humanities, and Multidisciplinary Studies.

    What is the Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA)?

    A student can earn the Distinguished Level of Achievement by completing the Foundation Program, earning at least one Endorsement and completing Algebra II. Algebra II must be one of the four math credits, and a fourth advanced science must also be earned.

    What are the higher education implications?

    Distinguished Level (DLA) graduates are eligible for top 10% automatic admission to most Texas public colleges and universities and may be eligible for financial assistance through TEXAS grant. Foundation plus Endorsement graduates are eligible for admission but not guaranteed.

    What about End-of-Course (EOC) Exams?

    Students must pass five end-of-course exams required for graduation: Algebra I, Biology, English Language Arts (ELA) I & II, and U.S. History.

    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.