Gear Up for High School
Your choices
determine
your future
To go to high school you must
8th grade Math
 Pass 8th grade English
 Pass 8th grade Social Studies
 Pass 8th grade Science
 Have an overall average of 70% in
all other classes
 Pass
STAAR Tests for
Reading
 Math
 Science
 Social Studies

th
8
Grade:
To get your high school diploma. . .

You must pass the End of Course Exams for
the following courses:
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English I and II – includes reading and writing
Algebra I
U.S. History
Biology
Two big differences between
Junior High & High School

Each semester
stands alone rather
than having a yearly
average.


If you fail any semester
of a required course in
high school, you have
to take that course
again for that semester
You will not get credit
for the first semester
course by passing the
second semester
course

The grade you’re in
is determined by
how many credits
you have earned.

Example: to be a 10th
grader, you must
have earned 6
credits
To gear up for high school,
you must make wise course
selections.
The most important thing you can do
to prepare for the future
is to sign up for the right courses
and to work hard to pass them.
Gearing up for the future means
Making an informed decision concerning the selection
of a high school graduation plan
Foundation High
School Plan
Foundation High School
Plan
English (4 credits) - I, II, III, English
IV or other 4th year English
Mathematics (3 credits) including
Algebra I, Geometry, and an Advanced Math
Science (3 credits) including Biology, IPC or
an advanced science course, and any advanced
science course
Social Studies (3 credits)
World Geography or World History, U.S. History
(11th), U.S. Government (.5 credit), Economics (.5
credit)
Language Other than English
(2 credits of same language)
Fine Arts (1 credit)
Physical Education (1 credit)
Electives (5 credits)
TOTAL 22 Credits
Endorsements
A student may earn an endorsement by successfully
completing:
• Curriculum requirements for the endorsement
• 4 credits in mathematics
• 4 credits in science
• 2 additional elective credits
5 Endorsements
There are 5 Endorsement Pathways:
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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Business and Industry
Public Services
Arts and Humanities
Multidisciplinary Studies (not an option for incoming 9th
graders – can be used starting the 11th grade year)
STEM Endorsement
The following are endorsements in STEM:
•
•
•
•
Engineering
Computer Science
Science
Mathematics
Business and Industry Endorsements
The following are endorsements in Business and Industry:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Architecture and Construction
Arts, Audio/Video Tech and Communication
Business Management and Administration
Finance
Hospitality and Tourism
Information Technology
Manufacturing
Marketing
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
English
• Advanced Broadcast Journalism
• Newspaper
• Public Speaking
• Debate
Public Service Endorsements
The following are endorsements in Public Service:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Education and Training
Government and Public Administration
Health Science Clinical
Biomedical Science
Human Services
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
ROTC
Arts and Humanities Endorsements
The following are endorsements in Arts and Humanities:
• Social Studies
• Language Other Than English
• Same Language
• Two Languages
• American Sign Language
• Fine Arts
• Art
• Dance
• Music
• Theatre
Distinguished Level of Achievement
To receive Distinguished Level of Achievement, a student must do
the following:
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•
•
•
Four credits in science
Four credits in math, including credit in Algebra II
Curriculum requirements for at least one endorsement
To be eligible for automatic admission at a 4-year university,
students must be in the top 10% and graduate with the
Distinguished Level of Achievement
Performance Acknowledgement
For outstanding performance:
•
•
•
•
•
In a dual credit course – 12 hours of dual credit
In bilingualism and biliteracy
On an AP test or IB exam
On the PSAT, ACT-Plan, SAT, ACT
For earning a nationally or internationally recognized
business or industry certification or license
STEM Endorsement
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
ENGLISH
English III
12th Grade
English I
English II
English II
English III
Algebra I
Algebra I
Geometry
Geometry
Math from Math Math from Math
List A
List A
Math from Math Math from Math
List B
List B
Biology
Biology
One science
One science
from Science List from Science List
A
A
One science
One science
from Science List from Science List
B
B
One science
One science
from Science List from Science List
B
B
World History or World History or
World
World
Geography
Geography
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
U.S. History
U.S. History
Government
Economics
Foreign
Language I
Foreign
Language I
Foreign
Language II
Foreign
Language II
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
PE
PE
Fine Art from
Fine Art List A
Fine Art from
Fine Art List A
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
MATH
English I
English from
English List A
English from
English List A
SCIENCE
SOCIAL
STUDIES
OTHER REQUIRED GRADUATION COURSES
SUMMER
SCHOOL
All course choices should support your future career goals. Communication skills and technology skills are a foundation for success in the
modern business world. Please select all courses with your career goals in mind.
STEM Endorsement
ENGLISH
MATH
SCIENCE
FINE ART
ENDORSEMENTS
ENDORSEMENTS
ENDORSEMENTS
English – List A
English IV
Literary GenreShakespeare
Creative Writing
Public Speaking III
Oral Interpretation III
Debate III
Newspaper III
Yearbook III
AP English Lit & Comp
IB Language Studies A1 HL
Business English
College Prep English
Communication
Applications
Dual Credit English IV
Math – List A
Math Models with App
PLTW Digital Electronics
Science – List A
IPC
Chemistry
AP Chemistry
IB Chemistry
Physics
Prin. of Technology
AP Physics 1: Alg.-Based
IB Physics
Fine Art - List A
May count under
endorsement area
Art, Level I, II, III, or IV
Dance, Level I, II, III, or IV
Music, Level I, II, III, or IV
Theatre Level I, II, III, or IV
Endorsement – Engineering
Must take coherent sequence
of at least 4 total, one
advanced
PLTW Gateway to
Engineering
PLTW Intro to Eng. Design
PLTW Prin of Engineering
PLTW Digital Engineering
PLTW Aerospace
Engineering
PLTW Eng Design & Dev
Endorsement – Computer
Science
Must take coherent sequence
of 4 credits from:
PreAP Computer Science
AP Computer Science A
Adv. Computer Science III
IB Computer Science SL
IB Computer Science HL
Endorsement – Science
Must take 4 credits including
Chemistry and Physics and 2
additional courses from:
Physics
Chemistry
Astronomy
Earth & Space Science
Environmental Systems
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1: Alg.-Based
AP Physics 2: Alg.-Based
AP Physics C
AP Environmental Science
IB Biology
IB Chemistry
IB Physics
IB Environmental Systems
Anatomy & Physiology
Medical Microbiology
Pathophysiology
Forensic Science
Principles of Technology
Scientific R&D:
IB Chemistry Yr 2
IB Biology Yr 2
IB Physics Yr 2
Principles of Engineering
Or, with no restriction:
Algebra II
Precalculus
Indep. Study in Math
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
IB Math Studies SL
IB Math SL
IB Math HL
Math – List B
Algebra II
Precalculus
Indep. Study in Math –
Statistics
Indep. Study in Math - Calculus
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
IB Math Studies SL
IB Math SL
IB Math HL
Or if taken after the third math
credit required under the
foundation program:
Math Models with App. (20142015 year only)
Digital Electronics
Science – List B
Chemistry
Physics
Astronomy
Earth & Space Science
Environmental Systems
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1: Alg.-Based
AP Physics 2: Alg.-Based
AP Physics C
AP Environmental Science
IB Biology
IB Chemistry
IB Physics
IB Environmental Systems
Anatomy & Physiology
Medical Microbiology
Pathophysiology
Forensic Science
Principles of Technology
Principles of Engineering
Scientific R&D:
IB Chemistry Yr 2
IB Biology Yr 2
IB Physics Yr 2
Dual Cr. Anatomy &
Physiology
ELECTIVES
Five elective credits are
required for the Foundation
Plan
Endorsement – Math
Must take Alg. II plus 2
additional courses for which
Algebra II is a prerequisite
Algebra II
Precalculus
PreAP Precalculus
Calculus
AP Calculus
Indep. Study in Math:
Statistics AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
Business and Industry Endorsements
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
ENGLISH
English III
12th Grade
English I
English II
English II
English III
Algebra I
Algebra I
Geometry
Geometry
Math from Math Math from Math
List A
List A
Math from Math Math from Math
List B
List B
Biology
Biology
One science
One science
from Science List from Science List
A
A
One science
One science
from Science List from Science List
B
B
One science
One science
from Science List from Science List
B
B
World History or World History or
World
World
Geography
Geography
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
U.S. History
U.S. History
Government
Economics
Foreign
Language I
Foreign
Language I
Foreign
Language II
Foreign
Language II
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
PE
PE
Fine Art from
Fine Art List A
Fine Art from
Fine Art List A
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
MATH
English I
English from
English List A
English from
English List A
SCIENCE
SOCIAL
STUDIES
OTHER REQUIRED GRADUATION COURSES
SUMMER
SCHOOL
All course choices should support your future career goals. Communication skills and technology skills are a foundation for success in the
modern business world. Please select all courses with your career goals in mind.
Business and Industry Endorsements
ENGLISH
MATH
SCIENCE
FINE ART
ENDORSEMENTS
ENDORSEMENTS
ENDORSEMENTS
English – List A
English IV
Literary Genre-Shakespeare
Creative Writing
Public Speaking III
Oral Interpretation III
Debate III
Newspaper III
Yearbook III
AP English Lit & Comp
IB Language Studies A1 HL
Business English
College Prep English
Communication Applications
Dual Credit English IV
Math – List A
Math Models with App
PLTW Digital Electronics
Science – List A
IPC
Chemistry
AP Chemistry
IB Chemistry
Physics
Prin. of Technology
AP Physics 1: Alg.-Based
IB Physics
Fine Art - List A
May count under
endorsement area
Art, Level I, II, III, or IV
Dance, Level I, II, III, or IV
Music, Level I, II, III, or IV
Theatre Level I, II, III, or IV
CTE: Must include coherent
sequence of 4 or more CTE
credits from the following
areas. Two courses must be
from the same cluster, one of
which must be advanced
(third or higher in a
sequence).
Business, contd.
Virtual Business
Mapping Your Future
Business Exec. Internship
Adv. Business Exec.
Internship
Richard Greene Scholar
Business Practicum
Adv. Business Practicum
English: Must include 4
elective credits to include 3
levels in one of the following
areas: Newspaper, Public
Speaking, or Debate, or
Yearbook
Or, with no restriction:
Algebra II
Precalculus
Indep. Study in Math
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
IB Math Studies SL
IB Math SL
IB Math HL
Math – List B
Algebra II
Precalculus
Indep. Study in Math –
Statistics
Indep. Study in Math Calculus
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
IB Math Studies SL
IB Math SL
IB Math HL
Or if taken after the third
math credit required under
the foundation program:
Math Models with App. (20142015 year only)
Digital Electronics
Science – List B
Chemistry
Physics
Astronomy
Earth & Space Science
Environmental Systems
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1: Alg.-Based
AP Physics 2: Alg.-Based
AP Physics C
AP Environmental Science
IB Biology
IB Chemistry
IB Physics
IB Environmental Systems
Anatomy & Physiology
Medical Microbiology
Pathophysiology
Forensic Science
Principles of Technology
Principles of Engineering
Scientific R&D:
IB Chemistry Yr 2
IB Biology Yr 2
IB Physics Yr 2
Dual Cr. Anatomy &
Physiology
ELECTIVES
Five elective credits are
required for the Foundation
Plan
*Technical dual credit
courses may be included in
the following pathways in
addition to those courses
listed.
Agriculture
Intro to Ag Science &
Technology
Horticulture Science
Small Animal Management
Wildlife Management
Ag Mechanics
Animal Science
Equine Science
Ag Metal Fabrication
Architecture & Construction
Wood Technologies
Adv. Wood Technologies
Interior Design
Arts, A/V, & Communications
Fashion Design Exploration
Fashion Design, Prod, & Mgt.
Advertising & Graphic Design
Adv. Adv. & Graphic Design
Internship
Animation
Advanced Animation
Photography
Advanced Photography
Audio/Video Production
Business Management &
Administration
Intro to Business & Marketing
Keyboarding Applications
Computer Information
Applications
Adv. Computer Information
Applications
Honors Computer Information
Applications
Business Web Technologies
Business Law
International Business
Finance
Money & Me
Accounting
Adv. Accounting
Banking & Finance
Hospitality Services
Nutrition & Food Management
Information Technology
Computer Applications in
Industry
Business Web Technologies
Manufacturing
Concepts of Engineering,
Technology & Science
Applications
Welding
Adv. Welding
Marketing
Entrepreneurship
Fashion Merchandising
Sports & Entertainment Event
Marketing
Sports & Entertainment
Marketing Internship
Adv. Sports & Entertainment
Marketing Internship
Marketing Work Experience
Adv. Marketing Work
Experience
Transportation and Logistics
Dual credit courses are
available for this pathway.
Newspaper
Newspaper I, II, III
Public Speaking
Public Speaking I, II, III
Debate
Debate I, II, III
Yearbook
Yearbook/Magazine Prod. I, II,
III
Electives to reach 4 credits
Communication Applications
Oral Interpretation I, II, III
Literary Magazine
Journalism
Photojournalism
Combination: Must include 4
credits in a coherent
sequence that corresponds to
student’s academic or career
goals from courses on this
page
Public Service Endorsements
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
ENGLISH
English III
12th Grade
English I
English II
English II
English III
Algebra I
Algebra I
Geometry
Geometry
Math from Math Math from Math
List A
List A
Math from Math Math from Math
List B
List B
Biology
Biology
One science
from Science
List A
One science
from Science
List A
One science
from Science
List B
One science
from Science
List B
One science
from Science
List B
One science
from Science
List B
World History or World History or
World
World
Geography
Geography
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
U.S. History
U.S. History
Government
Economics
Foreign
Language I
Foreign
Language I
Foreign
Language II
Foreign
Language II
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
PE
PE
Fine Art from
Fine Art List A
Fine Art from
Fine Art List A
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
MATH
English I
English from
English List A
English from
English List A
SCIENCE
SOCIAL
STUDIES
OTHER REQUIRED GRADUATION COURSES
SUMMER
SCHOOL
All course choices should support your future career goals. Communication skills and technology skills are a foundation for success in the
modern business world. Please select all courses with your career goals in mind.
Public Service Endorsements
ENGLISH
MATH
SCIENCE
FINE ART
English – List A
English IV
Literary Genre-Shakespeare
Creative Writing
Public Speaking III
Oral Interpretation III
Debate III
Newspaper III
Yearbook III
AP English Lit & Comp
IB Language Studies A1 HL
Business English
College Prep English
Communication Applications
Dual Credit English IV
Math – List A
Math Models with App
PLTW Digital Electronics
Science – List A
IPC
Chemistry
AP Chemistry
IB Chemistry
Physics
Prin. of Technology
AP Physics 1: Alg.-Based
IB Physics
Fine Art - List A
May count under
endorsement area
Art, Level I, II, III, or IV
Dance, Level I, II, III, or IV
Music, Level I, II, III, or IV
Theatre Level I, II, III, or IV
Or, with no restriction:
Algebra II
Precalculus
Indep. Study in Math
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
IB Math Studies SL
IB Math SL
IB Math HL
Math – List B
Algebra II
Precalculus
Indep. Study in Math –
Statistics
Indep. Study in Math Calculus
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
IB Math Studies SL
IB Math SL
IB Math HL
Or if taken after the third
math credit required under
the foundation program:
Math Models with App. (20142015 year only)
Digital Electronics
Science – List B
Chemistry
Physics
Astronomy
Earth & Space Science
Environmental Systems
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1: Alg.-Based
AP Physics 2: Alg.-Based
AP Physics C
AP Environmental Science
IB Biology
IB Chemistry
IB Physics
IB Environmental Systems
Anatomy & Physiology
Medical Microbiology
Pathophysiology
Forensic Science
Principles of Technology
Principles of Engineering
Scientific R&D:
IB Chemistry Yr 2
IB Biology Yr 2
IB Physics Yr 2
Dual Cr. Anatomy &
Physiology
ELECTIVES
Five elective credits are
required for the Foundation
Plan
ENDORSEMENTS
Must include a coherent
sequence of 4 CTE credits, at
least 2 courses in the same
career cluster, at least 1
advanced course
Education and Training
emphasis:
Ready, Set, Teach!
Adv. Ready, Set, Teach !
Health Science (Biomedical
Sciences) emphasis:
Must take 4 total
PLTW Principles of
Biomedical Science
PLTW Human Body Systems
PLTW Medical Interventions
PLTW Biomedical
Innovations
Health Science (Clinical)
emphasis:
Must take at least 3 courses
for four or more credits, one
advanced
Concepts of Health Care
Health Care Rotations
Adv. Health Care Rotations
Medical Terminology
Prep. for Pharmacy
Technician
Medical Microbiology
Pathophysiology
ENDORSEMENTS
Human Services emphasis:
Intro to Human Services
Child Development
Interpersonal Relationships
Cosmetology I
Cosmetology II
Law, Public Safety,
Corrections, and Security
emphasis:
Principles of Law, Public
Safety, Corrections, &
Security
Law Enforcement I
Law Enforcement II
Court Systems & Practices
Forensic Science
Security in Law Enforcement
Disaster Response
Forensic Psychology
Firefighter I
Firefighter II
Practicum in Law
Enforcement
ENDORSEMENTS
Junior Reserve Officer
Training Corps (JROTC)
Must include 4 courses from
the following:
Aerospace Science I – AF
JROTC
Aerospace Science II – AF
JROTC
Aerospace Science III – AF
JROTC
Aerospace Science IV – AF
JROTC
Aviation Ground School
Arts and Humanities Endorsements
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
English III
12th Grade
English I
English II
English II
English III
Algebra I
Algebra I
Geometry
Geometry
Math from Math Math from Math
List A
List A
Math from Math Math from Math
List B
List B
Biology
Biology
One science
One science
from Science List from Science List
A
A
One science
One science
from Science List from Science List
B
B
One science
One science
from Science List from Science List
B
B
World History or World History or
World
World
Geography
Geography
Elective
Elective
U.S. History
U.S. History
Government
Economics
Foreign
Language I
Foreign
Language I
Foreign
Language II
Foreign
Language II
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
PE
PE
Fine Art from
Fine Art List A
Fine Art from
Fine Art List A
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
Elective or
Endorsement
Course
ENGLISH
English I
English from
English List A
English from
English List A
MATH
SCIENCE
SOCIAL
STUDIES
OTHER REQUIRED GRADUATION COURSES
SUMMER
SCHOOL
All course choices should support your future career goals. Communication skills and technology skills are a foundation for success in the
modern business world. Please select all courses with your career goals in mind.
Arts and Humanities Endorsements
ENGLISH
MATH
SCIENCE
FINE ART
ENDORSEMENTS
ENDORSEMENTS
ENDORSEMENTS
English – List A
English IV
Literary Genre-Shakespeare
Creative Writing
Public Speaking III
Oral Interpretation III
Debate III
Newspaper III
Yearbook III
AP English Lit & Comp
IB Language Studies A1 HL
Business English
College Prep English
Communication Applications
Dual Credit English IV
Math – List A
Math Models with App
PLTW Digital Electronics
Science – List A
IPC
Chemistry
AP Chemistry
IB Chemistry
Physics
Prin. of Technology
AP Physics 1: Alg.-Based
IB Physics
Fine Art - List A
May count under
endorsement area
Art, Level I, II, III, or IV
Dance, Level I, II, III, or IV
Music, Level I, II, III, or IV
Theatre Level I, II, III, or IV
FINE ARTS:
Must earn 4 credits from one
area or a combination of two
areas of emphasis
SOCIAL STUDIES:
Must earn 4 credits
World Geography
PreAP World Geography
AP Human Geography
World History
AP World History
U.S. History
AP U.S. History
AP European History
Special Topics in SS:
Adv.Texas Studies
Special Topics in SS:
American Culture Studies
Special Topics in SS: Adv.
Social Science Problems
U.S. Government
AP U.S. Government &
Politics
AP Comparative Government
& Politics
Economics
AP Macroeconomics
Psychology
Sociology
AP Psychology
IB equivalent to the above
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
OPTIONS:
-4 Levels in same language,
or
-2 levels is one language plus
2 levels in another language,
or
-4 levels in American Sign
Language
Or, with no restriction:
Algebra II
Precalculus
Indep. Study in Math
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
IB Math Studies SL
IB Math SL
IB Math HL
Math – List B
Algebra II
Precalculus
Indep. Study in Math –
Statistics
Indep. Study in Math Calculus
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
IB Math Studies SL
IB Math SL
IB Math HL
Or if taken after the third
math credit required under
the foundation program:
Math Models with App. (20142015 year only)
Digital Electronics
Science – List B
Chemistry
Physics
Astronomy
Earth & Space Science
Environmental Systems
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1: Alg.-Based
AP Physics 2: Alg.-Based
AP Physics C
AP Environmental Science
IB Biology
IB Chemistry
IB Physics
IB Environmental Systems
Anatomy & Physiology
Medical Microbiology
Pathophysiology
Forensic Science
Principles of Technology
Principles of Engineering
Scientific R&D:
IB Chemistry Yr 2
IB Biology Yr 2
IB Physics Yr 2
Dual Cr. Anatomy &
Physiology
ELECTIVES
Five elective credits are
required for the Foundation
Plan
Art Emphasis:
Art I, II, III, IV
PreAP Art I
AP Studio Art
AP Studio Art – Drawing
AP Studio Art - 2D Design
AP Studio Art – 3D Design
Art II Ceramics
Art III Ceramics
Graphic Design III
Graphic Design IV
Art History
AP Art History
IB equivalent to the above
Theater Art Emphasis:
Theater Arts I, II, III, IV
Tech Theater I, II, III, IV
Dance I, II, III, IV
IB equivalent to the above
Music Emphasis:
Vocal Ensemble I, II, III, IV
Choral Music I, II, III, IV
Band I, II, III, IV
Jazz Band I, II, III, IV
Orchestra I, II, III, IV
Instrumental Ensemble I, II,
III, IV
Mariachi Band I, II, III, IV
Music Theory I
AP Music Theory
Music History & Literature
IB equivalent to the above
Latin I, II
PreAP Latin III
AP Latin
Latin V – Roman Civilization
French I, II, III
PreAP French III, IV
AP French Language &
Cultutre
German I, II, III
PreAP German III, IV
AP German Language &
Culture
Spanish I, II, III
Spanish for SS I, II
PreAP Spanish III, IV
PreAP Spanish for SS, III
AP Spanish Language
Culture of Spanish Language
PreAP Spanish Literature
AP Spanish Literature &
Culture
American Sign Language I, II,
III, IV
Chinese I, II
IB equivalent to the above
Block Schedule
 “A”
Day
 Period
1
 Period 2
 Period 3
 Period 4

“B”
Day
 Period
5
 Period 6
 Period 7
 Period 8
It’s easier to plan your high school courses
if you already know
the career pathway
you are interested in.
helps you
DISCOVER this!
What Career Pathways Will Be
Offered as My Choices?

Agricultural Science


Architecture and Construction


(Interior Design Specialist, Construction Worker,
etc.)
Arts, A/V Technology and Communication


(Florist, Fish & Game Warden, Landscape
Architect, Farm Worker, Food Production,
Veterinarian, etc.)
(Newscaster, Photographer, Singer, Actor, Fashion
Designer, etc.)
Business, Management and Administration

(Retail Sales, Stock Broker, Marketing Director,
Administrative Assistant, etc.)
What Career Pathways Will Be
Offered as My Choices? (Cont.)

Education and Training


Finance


(Accounting, Bank Teller, Economist, etc.)
Health Science


(Teacher, Childcare Provider, Teaching Assistant,
Counselor, etc.)
(Nurse, Dentist, Physical Therapist, Physician,
Pharmacist, Dietitian, X-Ray Technician, etc.)
Hospitality and Tourism

(Hotel Manager, Travel Agent, Chef, Tour Director ,
etc.)
What Career Pathways Will Be
Offered as My Choices? (Cont.)

Human Services


Information Technology


(Cosmetologist, Social Worker, Childcare
Provider, etc.)
(Network Specialist, Computer Technician, Web
Designer, Video Game Developer, etc.)
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and
Security

(Fire Fighter, Police Chief, Lawyer, Security
Specialist, etc.)
What Career Pathways Will Be
Offered as My Choices? (Cont.)

Manufacturing


Marketing


(Welder, General Contractor, Electrician, etc.)
(Wholesale and Retail Sales, Customer Relations
Specialist, Advertising, etc.)
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics

(Engineer, Chemist, Meterologist, etc.)
Some terms
you need to know

Foundation plan
 Endorsement
 Credit/Unit
 Diploma
 Graduation plans
 Prerequisite
 Required courses
 Elective courses
 Semester

Coherent sequence
 Program of study
 Career readiness
 College readiness
 Post secondary
 Technical schools
 2-year college
 4-year college
 Dual credit
How to read a high school
course description
MA1245 – GEOMETRY
This course includes a study of measurements,
constructions and terminology essential to geometry. It is
designed to develop deductive thinking, and emphasizes
problem solving by means of logical proofs and definitions
while integrating algebraic concepts. Relations, properties,
and measurements of surfaces, lines and angles in one,
two and three-dimensional figures are investigated.
Grade Placement: 10-12
1 unit
Prerequisite: Algebra I
What is a GPA?
 Grade
Point Average
 Calculated from your final semester
grade
 Some classes are worth more grade
points than others
 Colleges look at your GPA to compare
you with other students
How do they calculate
your GPA?
Numerical Grade Letter Grade
Regular Grade
Points
Honors Grade Points
97-100
A+
12
15
93-96
A
11
14
90-92
A-
10
13
87-89
B+
9
12
83-86
B
8
11
80-82
B-
7
10
77-79
C+
6
9
73-76
C
5
8
70-72
C-
4
7
0-69
F
0
0
9th Grade Course Worksheet
 Each
AISD high school has a slightly
different course worksheet
 Some
ask you to state your career goal
& post secondary plans
 All students will begin on the Foundation
High School Plan with an endorsement
graduation plan
 Students will enter course selections in
Career Cruising
Career Cruising
 Use
the assessments in Career
Cruising to help you plan your selection
of electives according to your likes and
dislikes
 Work with your teachers and parents to
begin the selection of your courses for
9th grade through Career Cruising’s
Course Planner module.
Can you afford college?
 The
state of Texas has
several programs to
help students pay for
public college tuition
and/or fees!
Ways to finance college:
 Grants
and Scholarships
 Parental Assistance
 Student Loans
 Student Employment
Remember the choices you make now
will help you prepare for the real
world and the future.
Future Success Does Not Happen By Chance!
G
E
A
R
U
P
et a vision of your future
nlist the help of your school
counselor
ccept responsibility for your
learning
egister for challenging
courses
se mentors and resources
to maximize your
potential
repare now to succeed
later!
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