• The Texas Scholars Program is a joint effort between school districts and the business community to demonstrate the vital link between a strong academic foundation and success in the workplace. Key to the success of the program are the presentations given by experienced business professionals to eighth-, ninth-, and tenth-grade students, which emphasize that completing the Texas Scholars curriculum (officially known as the Recommended High School Program) better prepares them for college, technical school, or the workplace.

    The Texas Scholars curriculum, which is more demanding than the district’s Core Program (or basic curriculum), became HISD’s standard curriculum in spring of 2001, one year before the state required the same for all students in Texas. Prior to that time, the RHSP was a voluntary diploma option.