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Course Requirements and Endorsements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

NISD offers 5 Endorsement Strands at O'Connor High School. To graduate from NISD there are certain requirements students must meet that try to produce a well-rounded graduate. Each year students will take 4 core subject classes, one Endorsement Strand Course, and other required courses and electives as they choose. 

NISD FOUNDATION GRADUATION PROGRAM WITH AN ENDORSEMENT

 

  • 4 credits of English (English 1, English 2, English 3, Advanced English Course)
  • 4 credits of Math (Alg 1, Geom, Adv. Math Course*, Adv. Math Course)
  • 4 credits of Science (Bio, Lab Science Course, Adv. Science Course, Adv. Science Course) 
  • 4 credits of Social Studies (W Geo or W Hist, US Hist, Gov/Eco)
  • 2 credits of Language Other than English 
  • 1 credit of Fine Art
  • 1 credit of PE or PE substitute
  • .5 Speech/.5 Health
  • 5 credits of Electives 
  • Earn one of the 5 Endorsements (The Endorsement chosen may have certain core course requirements as well as a series of endorsement elective courses to be take in sequence.)

26 Total Credits to Graduate *In order to ensure that students are college ready Northside ISD recommends students enroll in Algebra 2 as the third advanced math course.  Algebra 2 is also the only additional requirement to earn a Distinguished Diploma.

 


 

5 Endorsement Strands and Potential Career Paths


  • ARTS and HUMANITIES
    • Social Studies
    • World Languages (LOTE)
    • English Language Arts
    • Fine Arts (Art, Band, Choir, Dance, Orchestra, Theatre)
  • BUSINESS and INDUSTRY
    • Business Management & Administration
    • Architecture & Construction
    • Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, & Communications
    • Hospitality & Tourism
    • Accounting, Finance, Marketing
    • Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics
    • Agricultural, Food, & Natural resources
    • Journalism or Debate
    • Public Speech
    • Fashion Design
    • Culinary Arts
  • PUBLIC SERVICE
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • Education & Training
    • JROTC
  • STEM
    • science
    • computer science
    • engineering
    • math

                                         **ALL STEM students must take Algebra II, Chemistry, and Physics

  • MULTIDISCIPLINARY
    • 4 credits English including English IV
    • 4 Math credits
    • 4 Science credits
    • 4 Social Studies credits

        OR

  • *AP and Dual
  • 4 credits in Advanced Placement classes or Dual Credit selected from English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Economics, LOTE, or Fine Arts

       OR

  • *Combination
  • Students take four advanced courses that prepare them to enter the workforce or postsecondary ed without remediation from within one endorsement area or among endorsement areas not in a coherent sequence.

 

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