Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements 2017-05-18T17:39:07+00:00

The graduation requirements at The Tenney School follows the guidelines set forth by the state of Texas. Graduating students can earn a Minimum, Regular or Distinguished Achievement Diploma. The below tables specify the requirements for each diploma:

Minimum Diploma Regular Diploma Distinguished Achievement Diploma
English 4.0 English 4.0 English 4.0
Mathematics 3.0 Mathematics 4.0 Mathematics 4.0
Science 2.0 Science 4.0 Science 4.0
Social Studies/Econ 4.0 Social Studies/Econ 4.0 Social Studies/Econ 4.0
Physical Education 1.0 Physical Education 1.0 Physical Education 1.0
Foreign Language 0.0 Foreign Language 2.0 Foreign Language 3.0
Fine Art 1.0 Fine Art 1.0 Fine Art 1.0
Speech 0.5 Speech 0.5 Speech 0.5
Electives 6.5 Electives 6.5 Electives 6.5
Total 22.0 Total 26.0 Total 26.0

*Texas House Bill 5 redefined the Texas Graduation Criteria. In lieu of the above table, students can also choose to graduate under the Foundations Plan. Transition to the Foundations Plan will be complete September 1, 2018.

Foundation High School Program

=22 Credits
English4 credits
English I
English II
English III
English IV or other Adv Eng Course
Mathematics3 credits
Algebra I
Geometry
Other Advanced Math Course
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Science3 credits
Biology
Advanced Science Credit
Advanced Science Credit
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Social Studies3 credits
World History or World Geography
US History
US Government (.5)
Economics (.5)
Foreign Language2 credits
Physical Education 1 credits
Fine Arts1 credits
Electives5 credits
FHSP22 credits

FHSP (22) + Endorsement (4)
w/ Distinguished Level of Achievement

=26 Credits
English4 credits
English I
English II
English III
English IV or other Adv Eng Course
Mathematics4 credits
Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II *Mandatory course
One Advanced Math Course
Science4 credits
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
One additional Science Course
Social Studies3 credits
World History or World Geography
US History
US Government (.5)
Economics (.5)
Foreign Language2 credits
Physical Education 1 credits
Fine Arts1 credits
Electives7 credits
FHSP + Endorsement with DLA26 credits

Endorsements

Students will be able to earn one or more endorsements as part of their graduation requirements. Endorsements consist of a related series of courses that are grouped together by interest or skill set. They provide students with in-depth knowledge of a subject area.

ARTS & HUMANITIES

A student may earn an Arts & Humanities endorsement by completing the following:The Foundation Graduation requirements(AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTONS)

  • English Option: 4 Foundation English credits plus 3 additional approved English credits
  • Fine Arts Option: 1 Foundation Fine Arts credit plus 3 additional approved fine arts credits
  • Languages Other Than English Option: 4 credits in the same language other than English OR 2 consecutive credits in a language other than English & 2 consecutive credits in a different language other than English
  • Social Studies Option: 3 Foundation Social Studies credits plus 2 additional approved Social Studies credits

Multidisciplinary

A student may earn a Multidisciplinary endorsement by completing the following:The Foundation Graduation requirements(AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTONS)

  • 4×4 Option: 4 credits in each of the four Foundation subject areas (English, Math, Science & Social Studies) which must include English IV and Chemistry and/or Physics
  • AP Course Option: 4 credits in College Board Advanced Placement courses selected from English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Language other than English or Fine Arts. You must complete each course with a 3.0 GPA or higher to earn this endorsement.

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

A student may earn a STEM endorsement by completing the following:The Foundation Graduation requirements including Alg II, Chemistry & Physics(AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTONS)

  • Math Option: 2 consecutive Advanced Math credits after successful completion of Algebra II
  • Science Option: 5 Science credits which must include Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Business & Industry

A student may earn a Business & Industry endorsement by completing the following:The Foundation Graduation requirements as well as 4 approved English electives credits to include 3 credits from the following areas: Advanced Broadcast Journalism, Newspaper & Public Speaking.

Performance Acknowledgements

All students may earn a performance acknowledgement on their transcript and diploma by outstanding performance in any of the following areas:

  • Score of 3 or better on an AP Test
  • On one of the following
    • PSAT Commended Scholar, National Hispanic Scholar, National Achievement Scholar
    • ACT-PLAN college readiness in 2 of 4 subject areas
    • SAT combined Critical Reading and Math of at least 1250
    • ACT composite of 28 (excludes writing subscore)