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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. For more information, schedule an appointment on one of our preview dates here

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“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



Foundation Required Credits

Language Arts

Four credits

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



Three credits

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • An advanced math course



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



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


Five credits


Total Credits



  • 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

For more information, schedule an appointment on one of our preview dates here

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