Graduation

Students at graduation
Ceremony schedule

Dates, times, locations, and maps for high school graduations.

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High school graduation ceremonies are available on DVD and Blu-ray.

State high school graduation requirements

The Foundation High School Program with Endorsements is a flexible gradation program that allows students to explore their interests. It was established by the Texas Legislature for students entering high school in the 2014/2015 academic year or later.

The Program is comprised of four parts:

  • A 22-credit foundation plan
  • 5 Endorsement options that allow students to focus on a related series of courses
  • A higher performance category called Distinguished Level of Achievement
  • Performance Acknowledgements that recognize outstanding achievement in specific areas

All students entering the 9th grade will select an endorsement. More detailed information is available from the Texas Education Agency.

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Northside graduation requirements

The Texas Education Agency requires minimum graduation requirements, and permits local education agencies to add to them. Graduation for NISD students are as outlined below:

Course Requirements

English Language Arts

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

Languages other than English

Physical Education

Health

Speech

Fine Arts

Endorsements/Electives

Total

Foundation Requirements

4 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

2 credits

1 credit

.5 credit

.5 credit

1 credit

4 credits

22

Foundation with Endorsement

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

2 credits

1 credit

.5 credit

.5 credit

1 credit

5 credits

26

Diplomas for Certain Individuals Who Entered Grade 9 Before 2011-2012 School Year

The Texas Legislature passed Texas Administrative Code §74.1027 which allows students to earn a high school diploma who previously did not pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), but met all other graduation criterion.

Below are the required criteria that must all be met to be considered:

  • entered grade 9 before the 2011-2012 school year;
  • successfully completed the district and state curriculum requirements applicable to the student when the individual entered grade 9;
  • has not performance satisfactorily on an assessment instrument required for graduation (TAKS);
  • has been administered the TAKS exit-level subject-area assessment at least three times; and
  • meets the alternative requirements for graduation below.

One or more of the requirements below can count in place of passing the subject area exit-level TAKS test:

If Northside Independent School District was the last school district you attended and you meet the above criteria and would like a district-level committee to consider you for qualifying for a Northside ISD high school diploma you should:

  • Fill out an online transcript request form on the NISD Transcripts website
  • Click on "Continue to Transcript Ordering Form"
  • Use the "CLICK HERE if you are a FORMER STUDENT" option
  • When filling out the request form, place the following in the Special Instructions field: "For TAC 74.1027 review"
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