• HouseBill5
  • House Bill 5 (HB 5), signed into law this summer by Governor Rick Perry, renovates high school testing requirements and provides students with increased flexibility in course selections for their graduation plan. This flexibility allows students to select a focused graduation plan, or endorsements, which creates strands of learning for students as they complete their high school plan.

What does this mean for GCISD?

  • Snapshot of New Graduation Requirements
    Class of 2018 & Beyond
     
    Foundation HIgh School Program (FHSP)
     
    26 Credits
    FHSP + Endorsements
    Distinguished Level of Achievement
    26 Credits
    4 Credits English
    3 Credits Math (Algebra II recommended)
    3 Credits Science
    4 Credits Social Studies
    2 Credits Languages other than English
    1 Credit Physical Education
    1 Credit Fine Arts
    1/2 Credit Speech*
    1/2 Credit Health
    1 Credit Technology
    6 Credits Elective Courses
     
    Students cannot choose this plan until the end of their 10th grade school year and with administrative approval. 
    4 Credits English
    4 Credits Math (Algebra II required)
    4 Credits Science
    4 Credits Social Studies
    2 Credits Languages other than English
    1 Credit Physical Education
    1 Credit Fine Arts
    1/2 Credit Speech*
    1/2 Credit Health
    1 Credit Technology
    4 Credits Elective Courses 
     
    Four credits of the 26 required credits must be in a coherent sequence and content-specific to the student's Endorsement Area (see below).
     
    ENDORSEMENTS
    STEM Business & Industry Arts & Humanities Public Services Multi-Disciplinary
    Science
     
    Engineering
     
    Mathematics
    Advanced Journalism 
     
    Agriculture
     
    Arts, A/V Tech & Communications
     
    Business Management & Administration
     
    Finance 
     
    Hospitality & Tourism
     
    Information Technology
     
    Marketing
     
    Transportation, Distribution & Logistics 
    LOTE
     
    Art
     
    Theatre Arts
     
    Choir
     
    Band
     
    Social Studies 
    Education & Training
     
    Health Science 
    Core Academics
     
    Multi-Endorsement
     
    Workforce Ready
     
    College Ready 
     
    * - Debate available for incoming Freshmen