• The State Board of Education adopted changes to the high school graduation requirements in January 2010. The new requirements are effective beginning in the 2010-11 school year.
     
    Click here to download a printable copy of the graduation requirements.
     
    Discipline
    Minimum HSP
    Recommended HSP
    Distinguished Achievement Program*
    English Language Arts ♦
    Four credits:
     
    English I, II, and III
     
    English I and II for Speakers of Other Languages may be substituted for English I and II for students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate levels of English language proficiency.
     
    The fourth credit of English may be selected from any of the following:
    • English IV
    • Research/Technical Writing
    • Creative/Imaginative Writing
    • Practical Writing Skills
    • Literary Genres
    • Business English (CTE)
    • Journalism
    • AP English Language Composition
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    Four credits:
     
    English I, II, III, and IV
     
    English I and II for Speakers of Other Languages may be substituted for English I and II only for students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate levels of English language proficiency.
     
    Four credits:
     
    English I, II, III, and IV
     
    English I and II for Speakers of Other Languages may be substituted for English I and II only for students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate levels of English language proficiency.
     
    Mathematics ♦
    Three credits:
     
    Algebra I
     
    Geometry
     
    The third credit may be selected from any of the following:
    • Algebra II
    • Precalculus
    • Mathematical Models with Applications
    • Independent Study in Mathematics
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Computer Science
    • IB Mathematical Studies Standard Level
    • IB Mathematics Standard Level
    • IB Mathematics Higher Level
    • IBFurther Mathematics Standard Level
    • Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (CTE)
    • Engineering Mathematics (CTE
    • Statistics and Risk Management (CTE)
     
    Four credits:
     
    Algebra I
     
    Geometry
     
    Algebra II
     
    The additional credit may be selected from either of the following and must be successfully completed prior to Algebra II:
    • Mathematical Models with Applications
    • Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (CTE)
    The fourth credit may be selected from the following after successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II:
    • Precalculus
    • Independent Study in Mathematics
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Computer Science
    • IB Mathematical Studies Standard Level
    • IB Mathematics Standard Level
    • IB Mathematics Higher Level
    • IB Further Mathematics Standard Level
    • Engineering Mathematics (CTE)
    • Statistics and Risk Management (CTE)
    Four credits:
     
    Algebra I
     
    Geometry
     
    Algebra II
     
    The fourth credit may be selected from any of the following after successful completion of Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry:
    • Precalculus
    • Independent Study in Mathematics
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Computer Science
    • IB Mathematical Studies Standard Level
    • IB Mathematics Standard Level
    • IB Mathematics Higher Level
    • IB Further Mathematics Standard Level
    • Engineering Mathematics (CTE)
    • Statistics and Risk Management (CTE)
     

    Science ♦

    Two credits:

    Biology

    Integrated Physics and Chemistry

    May substitute Chemistry or Physics for IPC but must use the other as academic elective credit

    Four credits:

    Biology, AP Biology, or IB Biology

    Chemistry, AP Chemistry, or IB Chemistry

    Physics, Principles of Technology, AP Physics, or IB Physics

    The additional credit may be IPC and must be successfully completed prior to chemistry and physics.

    The fourth credit may be selected from any of the following:

    • Aquatic Science
    • Astronomy
    • Earth and Space Science
    • Environmental Systems
    • AP Biology
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Physics B
    • AP Physics C
    • AP Environmental Science
    • IB Biology
    • IB Chemistry
    • IB Physics
    • IB Environmental Systems
    • Scientific Research and Design (CTE)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (CTE)
    • Engineering Design and Problem Solving (CTE)
    • Medical Microbiology (CTE)
    • Pathophysiology (CTE)
    • Advanced Animal Science (CTE)
    • Advanced Biotechnology (CTE)
    • Advanced Plant and Soil Science (CTE)
    • Food Science (CTE)
    • Forensic Science (CTE)

    Four credits:

    Biology, AP Biology, or IB Biology

    Chemistry, AP Chemistry, or IB Chemistry

    Physics, AP Physics, or IB Physics

    After successful completion of a biology course, a chemistry course, and a physics course, the fourth credit may be selected from any of the following:

    • Aquatic Science
    • Astronomy
    • Earth and Space Science
    • Environmental Systems
    • AP Biology
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Physics B
    • AP Physics C
    • AP Environmental Science
    • IB Biology
    • IB Chemistry
    • IB Physics
    • IB Environmental SystemsScientific Research and Design (CTE)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (CTE)
    • Engineering Design and Problem Solving (CTE)
    • Medical Microbiology (CTE) 
    • Pathophysiology (CTE)
    • Advanced Animal Science (CTE)
    • Advanced Biotechnology (CTE)
    • Advanced Plant and Soil Science (CTE)
    • Food Science (CTE)
    • Forensic Science (CTE)
    Social Studies ♦

    Two and one-half credits:

    U.S. History Studies Since Reconstruction (one credit)

    U.S. Government (one-half credit)

    The final credit may be selected from the following:

    • World History Studies (one credit)
    • World Geography Studies (one credit)

    Three and one-half credits:

    World History Studies (one credit)

    World Geography Studies (one credit)

    U.S. History Studies Since Reconstruction (one credit)

    U.S. Government (one-half credit)

    Three and one-half credits:

    World History Studies (one credit)

    World Geography Studies (one credit)

    U.S. History Studies Since Reconstruction (one credit)

    U.S. Government (one-half credit)

    Economics with emphasis on the free enterprise system and its benefits

    One-half credit

    One-half credit

    One-half credit

    Academic Elective

    One credit from any of the following:

    World History Studies

    World Geography Studies

    Any science course approved by SBOE

    (If substituting Chemistry or Physics for IPC, must use the other as academic elective credit here.)

    None

    None
    Languages Other Than English ♦ None Two credits:

    The credits must consist of any two levels in the same language.

    Three credits:

    The credits must consist of any three levels in the same language.

    Physical EducationOne credit:

    The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses:

    • Foundations of Personal Fitness Adventure/Outdoor Education 
    • Aerobic Activities
    • Team or Individual Sports

    In accordance with local district policy, credit for any of the courses listed above may be earned through participation in the following activities:

    • Athletics
    • JROTC
    • Appropriate private or commercially-sponsored physical activity programs conducted on or off campus

    In accordance with local district policy, up to one credit for any one of the courses listed above may be earned through participation in any of the following activities:

    • Drill Team
    • Marching Band
    • Cheerleading

    All allowed substitution activities must include at least 100 minutes per five-day school week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

    Credit may not be earned for any TEKS-based course more than once. No more than four substitution credits may be earned through any combination of substitutions.

    One credit:

    The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses:

    • Foundations of Personal Fitness Adventure/Outdoor Education 
    • Aerobic Activities
    • Team or Individual Sports

    In accordance with local district policy, credit for any of the courses listed above may be earned through participation in the following activities:

    • Athletics
    • JROTC
    • Appropriate private or commercially-sponsored physical activity programs conducted on or off campus

    In accordance with local district policy, up to one credit for any one of the courses listed above may be earned through participation in any of the following activities:

    • Drill Team
    • Marching Band
    • Cheerleading

    All allowed substitution activities must include at least 100 minutes per five-day school week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

    Credit may not be earned for any TEKS-based course more than once. No more than four substitution credits may be earned through any combination of substitutions.

    One credit:

    The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses:

    • Foundations of Personal Fitness Adventure/Outdoor Education 
    • Aerobic Activities
    • Team or Individual Sports

    In accordance with local district policy, credit for any of the courses listed above may be earned through participation in the following activities:

    • Athletics
    • JROTC
    • Appropriate private or commercially-sponsored physical activity programs conducted on or off campus

    In accordance with local district policy, up to one credit for any one of the courses listed above may be earned through participation in any of the following activities:

    • Drill Team
    • Marching Band
    • Cheerleading

    All allowed substitution activities must include at least 100 minutes per five-day school week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

    Credit may not be earned for any TEKS-based course more than once. No more than four substitution credits may be earned through any combination of substitutions.

    Health Education NoneNoneNone
    SpeechOne-half credit from either of the following:

    Communication Applications

    • Professional Communications (CTE)

    One-half credit from either of the following:

    Communication Applications

    • Professional Communications (CTE)

    One-half credit from either of the following:

    Communication Applications

    Professional Communications (CTE)

    Technology Applications ♦

    NoneNoneNone
    Fine Arts ♦ None for students who entered Grade 9 before 2010-11.

    One credit for students who enter Grade 9 in 2010-11 or later from any of the following:

    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;

    Principles and Elements of Floral Design (CTE)

    One credit from any of the following:

    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

    Principles and Elements of Floral Design (CTE)

    One credit from any of the following:

    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

    Principles and Elements of Floral Design (CTE)

     

    Elective Courses ♦ Seven and one-half credits from any of the following:

    The list of courses approved by the SBOE for Grades 9-12 (relating to Essential Knowledge and Skills)

    State-approved innovative courses

    JROTC (one to four credits)

    Driver Education (one-half credit)

    * For students who enter Grade 9 in 2010-11 or later, the number of electives will be six and one-half credits.

    Five and one-half credits from any of the following:

    The list of courses approved by the SBOE for Grades 9-12 (relating to Essential Knowledge and Skills)

    State-approved innovative courses

    JROTC (one to four credits)

    Driver Education (one-half credit)

    Four and one-half credits from any of the following:

    The list of courses approved by the SBOE for Grades 9-12 (relating to Essential Knowledge and Skills)

    State-approved innovative courses

    JROTC (one to four credits)

    Driver Education (one-half credit)

    Total Credits222626

    College Board advanced placement, college-level concurrent/dual enrollment, and International Baccalaureate courses may be substituted for requirements in appropriate areas.

    * Distinguished Achievement Program requirements also include student achievement of four advanced measures.