Will Health continue to be required under the new Foundation High School Program?
Health is not required under the State Foundation High School Program; however, Health will continue to be a requirement under the RISD Foundation High School Program.
Will Technology be required under the new Foundation High School Program?
Technology is not required under the State Foundation High School Program; however, one-half Technology credit will be a requirement under the RISD Foundation High School Program.
Will students be required to take Speech?
No, Speech is not required under the State or RISD Foundation High School Program; however, RISD will continue to offer the course as an elective in both junior high and high school.
Are new science courses being added because of HB 5?
Yes, RISD is offering one new science course (Advanced Biotechnology) next year. RISD's current breadth of course offerings will allow students the flexibility to choose any of the five endorsements.
How can students opt out of certain requirements?
Opt out may be allowed for multiple reasons including, but not limited to, the need to meet higher-level course requirements, Individualized Education Plan requirements, and endorsement requirements. Counselors, teachers, students, and parents will be involved in the process.
When can students opt out of courses?
The timing for each student will be individualized.
Will students' transcripts and diplomas reflect Endorsements, Performance Acknowledgements and Distinguished Level of Achievement?
Yes, both transcripts and diplomas will reflect the graduation program, Endorsements, Distinguished Level of Achievement, and Performance Acknowledgements.
If students complete only the Foundation High School Program, can they apply to a four year college?
Yes, students may apply to four-year colleges upon successful completion of the RISD FHSP; however, RISD encourages students to research college and university entrance criteria.
Who will be eligible for consideration in the Top 10% for automatic admission to a Texas Institution of Higher Education (Top 7% for UT Austin)?
Only students who graduate with the Distinguished Level of Achievement will be eligible for consideration for this honor.
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