Graduation is just the beginning
At Northside ISD, it’s our mission to prepare you for life after high school. It’s a mission that starts in kindergarten and doesn’t end until you have that diploma in your hands. We want to provide you with the support you need to stay on the road to graduation, so whether you need to figure out how many credits you need to graduate or what time your graduation ceremony is, you’ve come to the right place.
New state high school graduation requirements begin
For incoming NISD freshmen (2014-15), there is a new graduation plan called the Foundation Graduation Plan. The new requirements are the result of House Bill 5 established by the Texas Legislature in January 2013.
The Foundation Graduation Plan requires 22 credits and allows for more choices related to courses for high school graduation. It also provides options for students to earn an endorsement, a distinguished level of achievement, and performance acknowledgement.
Information for current 10th, 11th and 12th grade students
Current 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students are presently enrolled in the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program. These students could also choose to move to the Foundation High School Program with an Endorsement. Students, who are interested in pursuing this option, should contact their high school counselor.
To view the Northside Graduation Plan options (side by side), click here.
Information for current freshmen 2014-15 and beyond
Current freshmen (2014-15) and students entering high school in 2015 and beyond are required to follow the Foundation High School Program with an Endorsement.
An endorsement is a program of study that reflects students’ interests. There are five endorsement options. To learn more about the five endorsements and the requirements, click here for the Foundation Graduation Program Requirement Worksheet and click here for the Endorsement chart outlining the five endorsement areas available.
In addition, videos are available to explain the Foundation graduation programs for both parents and students. Note: Although the video mentions 5 electives, NISD requires only 4 electives plus Communication Applications and Health.
In conclusion, the Foundation Graduation Plan with an Endorsement will help students be college and career ready upon graduating from high school. For an overview, click here to view a presentation regarding the program for incoming freshmen (2014-15).
2015 Graduation Schedule
Click here for the upcoming graduation ceremony dates and for rules and regulations regarding graduation ceremonies.