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Texas public school graduation requirements?

Although homeschools are not bound by the TEA public school graduation requirements, many Texas homeschooled students will go to college at a public university in Texas. These universities want to see TEA-equivalent transcripts. Please email dentonclassicalcoop@gmail.com or call 972-277-1239 for more information. Preview visits take place each year in February.

“The State Board of Education (SBOE) has authority over graduation requirements for Texas public school students.” http://tea.texas.gov/graduation.aspx

In 2014, the Texas Legislature passed new regulations about high school graduation requirements. Now, public school students are required to

  1. Earn all Foundation HSP credits
  2. Earn at least one endorsement (unless an exception is approved)

The previous “Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP)” has been replaced with a notation on the transcript of distinguished level of achievement. The requirement is to

  1. Earn all Foundation HSP credits
  2. Earn at least one endorsement

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter074/ch074b.html

Subject

Foundation Required Credits

Language Arts

Four credits

  • English I
  • English II
  • English III
  • An advanced English course

Mathematics

 

Three credits

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • An advanced math course

Science

 

Three credits

  • Biology
  • IPC or an advanced science course
  • An advanced science course

Social Studies

Three credits

  • US History since 1877
  • US Government (½ credit)/ Free Enterprise Economics (½ credit)
  • World History or World Geography

Physical Education

One credit

Languages other than English

Two credits in the same language

Or Two credits from Computer Science I, II, and III (other substitutions)

 

Fine Arts

One credit

 

Speech

Demonstrated proficiency in speech skills

  • Delivering clear verbal messages
  • Choosing effective nonverbal behaviors
  • Listening for desired results
  • Applying valid critical-thinking and problem-solving processes
  • Identifying, analyzing, developing, and evaluating communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, group interactions, and personal and professional presentations

Electives

Five credits

 

Total Credits

22

Endorsement

  • Four credits of math (including Algebra II) and four credits of science
  • 26 total credits
  • Pick a subject and follow  a course of study that includes at least 4 credits organized in a logical way
    • STEM
    • Business/ industry
    • Public services
    • Arts & humanities
    • Multi-disciplinary studies

Performance Acknowledgement

Performance acknowledgment on the student's transcript may be earned for outstanding performance in

  • dual credit course (12 or more college credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher OR associate degree)
  • bilingualism/ biliteracy (at least 3 high school credits in non-English language with a score of 80/100 or higher OR AP score of 3 or better on foreign language test)
  • AP test (score of 3 or higher on any AP test)
  • College entrance exam (PSAT, ACT, SAT)
  • Industry certification or licensure (technical license)

For More Information

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is closed. But we'd love to meet you and give you our scope and sequence so you can be prepared to join in fall of 2019. Please email dentonclassicalcoop@gmail.com or call 972-277-1239 for more information. Preview visits take place each year in February.

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