What are endorsements?
An endorsement shows your knowledge and/or skills gained in one of five broad subject matter areas. High school endorsements consist of a related series of courses that are grouped together by interest or skill set. They provide students with in-depth knowledge of a subject area. Students must select an endorsement in the ninth grade.
Students can choose from five endorsement areas:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- Business and Industry
- Public Service
- Arts and Humanities
- Multidisciplinary Studies
What does this mean for me?
Lamar offers all five endorsement areas. Students should consider their selected CTE pathway and their IB path when selecting an endorsement. Typically, the endorsement will align with the chosen pathway.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- Computer Science
- Combination of no more than two of the categories listed above
Business and Industry (one of the following or a combination of areas)
- Business Management and Administration
- Hospitality and Tourism
Public Service (one of the following)
- Human Services
- Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)
Arts and Humanities (one of the following)
- Social Studies
- 2 levels each in two languages other than English (LOTE)
- 4 levels in the same LOTE
- Courses from one or two areas (music, theater, art, dance) in fine arts
- English electives not included in Business and Industry
Multi-Disciplinary Studies (one of the following)
- 4 advanced courses from other endorsement areas
- 4 credits in each foundation subject area, including English IV and chemistry and/or physics
- 4 credits in International Baccalaureate from English, mathematics, science, social studies, economics, LOTE, or fine art
Personal Graduation Plans (PGP’s)
The personal graduation plan is a working document used by counselors and/or administrators to track student completion of graduation requirements. It is a tool used to document grades, endorsement selections, and coursework. The personal graduation plan is an opportunity for students, parents/guardians, and counselors/administrators to meet individual student needs. The use of the personal graduation plan is necessary to ensure desired outcomes for college and career readiness.
PGP’s are updated each year during the Student-led Conference.