• Graduation Requirements



    Foundation Requirements (22 credits) include:


    English I

    English II

    English III

    English IV


    Algebra I

    Algebra II








    Social Studies

    World Geography OR World History

    U.S. History


    U.S. Government (one-half credit)

    Economics (one-half credit)

    Language Other Than English

    2 credits in the same language



    Physical Education (1 credit)

    Fine Arts (1 credit)


    Electives (5 credits)

    Speech: Demonstrated proficiency





    Distinguished Level of Achievement

    Additionally, a student may earn the Distinguished Level of Achievement and/or a Performance Acknowledgment for outstanding performance. The Distinguished Level of Achievement must be earned to be admitted to a Texas public university under the Top 10 percent automatic admission law.

    Distinguished Level of Achievement:

    • Foundation Program requirements
    • 4 credits in math including Algebra II
    • 4 credits in science
    • at least 1 endorsement


    Performance Acknowledgements:

    • PSAT, ACT’s Plan, SAT or ACT
    • Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam
    • earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license


    Why it matters — Benefits

    The Distinguished Level of Achievement opens a world of educational and employment opportunities for you beyond high school. The Distinguished Level of Achievement will:

    • Allow you to compete for Top 10% automatic admissions eligibility at any Texas public university;
    • Position you among those first in line for a TEXAS Grant* to help pay for university tuition and fees; and
    • Ensure you are a more competitive applicant at the most selective colleges and universities.

    What it means The Distinguished Level of Achievement requires more math and more science than the Foundation High School Program. The Distinguished Level of Achievement requires:

    • A total of four credits in math, including Algebra II;
    • A total of four credits in science; and
    • Successful completion of an endorsement in your area of interest.



    • Opportunity to earn an endorsement in an area of interest
    • More college and university options
    • More financial aid options
    • Better preparation for college-level coursework at community/technical colleges and universities
    • Opportunity for immediate enrollment in classes related to your chosen field of study
    • Strong foundation to successfully complete an industry workforce credential or college degree
Last Modified on August 20, 2020