Graduation Programs & Requirements

Due to legislative changes in Texas, high school graduation plans changed for all students who enter high school during the 2014-15 school year and thereafter. This new graduation program provides more flexibility for high school students to pursue post-secondary higher education in an area of interest for them. Generally speaking, the legislative changes established a single graduation plan, the Foundation High School Program (FHSP).


Students have the opportunity to build on the FHSP by earning Endorsements, Performance Acknowledgements, and a Distinguished Level of Achievement. Students will need to declare their preferred endorsement area, in writing, by the beginning of their 9th grade year. That decision is not a final one, as students will be able to change their endorsement selection(s) with appropriate guidance from their parents and the school. An endorsement is basically an opportunity for students to select a "major" during their high school career. An endorsement can be earned by taking additional courses in Career and Technical Education (CTE) or by taking additional non-CTE courses specified within the endorsement requirements.


The endorsement areas are: (PTISD offers courses to meet endorsements in all areas.)

  • Arts & Humanities
  •  Business & Industry
  •  Multidisciplinary
  •  Public Service
  •  Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) NOTE: To earn the STEM endorsement students MUST take Algebra II, Chemistry & Physics along with the other graduation plan requirements

The documents located below may be helpful in understanding the changes: