Foundation High School Graduation Program

This program began with students entering high school during the 2014-15 school year. Students who entered high school prior to 2014-15 may opt in to this plan.

Note: In order to be considered for top ten percent and automatic admission to Texas public universities a student must earn a Distinguished Level of Achievement diploma.

Required credits

Foundation High School Program: 22 total credits

Foundation High School Program Plus One Endorsement: 26 total credits

Distinguished Level of Achievement High School Program: 26 total credits

DisciplineFoundation ProgramFoundation Program Plus One EndorsementDistinguished Level of Achievement1
English Language Arts4 Credits (English I, II, III and an Advanced English)4 Credits (English I, II, III and an Advanced English)4 Credits (English I, II, III and an Advanced English)
Mathematics3 Credits (Algebra I, Geometry and one additional math credit)4 Credits (Algebra I, Geometry, a third and fourth advanced math credit)24 Credits (Algebra I, Geometry, a third and fourth advanced math to include Algebra II)2
Science3 Credits (Biology; IPC, Chemistry, or Physics; and a third science)24 Credits (Biology; IPC, Chemistry, or Physics; and a third and fourth science)24 Credits (Biology; IPC, Chemistry, or Physics; and a third and fourth science)2
Social Studies3 Credits (World Geography, Human Geography, or World History3; U.S. History; Government (½), Economics (½)3 Credits (World Geography, Human Geography, or World History3; U.S. History; Government (½), Economics (½)3 Credits (World Geography, Human Geography, or World History3; U.S. History; Government (½), Economics (½) 
Languages other than English 2 Credits (in the same language)2 Credits (in the same language) 2 Credits (in the same language) 
Fine Arts 1 Credit1 Credit 1 Credit 
Physical Education41 Credit 1 Credit 1 Credit 
Health50.5 Credit 0.5 Credit 0.5 Credit 
Electives 4.5 Credits6.5 Credits (including four endorsement credits)6.5 Credits (including four endorsement credits)
Endorsement No Endorsement Required At least 4 endorsement credits At least 4 endorsement credits  

Courses which can count in two different categories may satisfy the requirements for both but one will receive credit and one will be considered as a waiver and no additional credit awarded.

See your school counselor for additional information.

3rd and 4th math and science requirements vary based on the endorsement

FHSP does not require both Geography and W. History for graduation

Up to four PE/PE substitutes may be used toward graduation requirements

Health is a requirement for students entering high school in 2015-16 and after

Assessment mastery

All three Foundation High School Graduation programs require the following end-of-course exams

  • English I
  • English II
  • Algebra l
  • Biology
  • US History

Career pathway endorsement options

Arts and Humanities

The Arts and Humanities endorsement includes courses related to political science, world languages, cultural studies, English literature, history, and fine arts.

Business and Industry

The Business and Industry endorsement includes courses directly related to database management, information technology, communications, accounting, finance, marketing, graphic design, architecture, construction, welding, logistics, automotive technology, agricultural science, and HVAC.

Public Service

The Public Service endorsement includes courses directly related to education and training, law enforcement, government and public administration, human services, and JROTC.

STEM

The STEM endorsement includes courses directly related to science (including environmental science), technology (including computer science), engineering, and advanced math.

Multi-disciplinary Studies

The Multi-disciplinary Studies endorsement includes 4 advanced courses from among endorsement areas that are not in a coherent sequence; 4 credits in each of the four foundation areas including English IV, chemistry, and/or physics; 4 AP, IB, or dual credit courses from any of the foundation subject areas.