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Endorsements

Students in the class of 2018 and beyond 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.

Endorsements Select Endorsements
Students must choose "endorsements" or areas of concentration, upon entering the ninth grade. Students can choose more than one endorsement area.

Students earn an endorsement by successfully completing:

  • Curriculum requirements for the endorsement (differs for each endorsement)
  • 20 required core credits
  • 6 additional elective credits
  • total of 26 or more credits

All students must complete the 20 Required Core Credits:

  • 4 English credits
  • 4 Math credits
  • 4 Science credits
  • 4 Social Studies credits
  • 2 Foreign Language credits
  • 1 PE credit
  • 1 Fine Arts credit


Foundation Program


English


Math


Science


Social Studies


Required


Electives

Total Credits
English I
(EOC)
Algebra I
(EOC)
Biology
(EOC)
World Geography or World History PE 
1.0 credit
Electives
5 credits
English II
(EOC)
Geometry IPC, Chemistry, 
or Physics
US History
(EOC)
Foreign Language 
2.0 credits
English III Additional Math Additional Science Government and
Economics
Fine Arts
1.0 credit
Additional English
English 
Credits 4.0
Math 
Credits 3.0
Science 
Credits 3.0
Social Studies Credits 3.0 Required
Credits 4.0
Elective
Credits 5.0
22

Endorsement Option


English


Math


Science


Social Studies


Required


Electives

Total Credits
  Additional Math Additional Science Additional 
Social Studies Recommended
  Additional 
Elective
English 
Credits 4.0
Math 
Credits 4.0
Science 
Credits 4.0
Social Studies Credits 4.0 Required
Credits 4.0
Elective
Credits 6.0
26



Distinguished Level of Achievement
“Recommended plan for all Sheldon ISD students”

  • Foundation Program requirements
  • 4 credits in math including Algebra II
  • 4 credits in science
  • At least 1 endorsement

Performance Acknowledgments

Regardless of the Endorsement, students may earn additional seals on their diploma and transcript for outstanding performance in the following areas:

  • Dual Credit courses
  • Bilingualism and biliteracy
  • Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam
  • PSAT, ACT-ASPIRE, SAT or ACT
  • Business or Industry Certification or License

Dual Credit Opportunity

Dual credit is an opportunity for high school students to complete high school requirements and earn transferable college credit simultaneously. Students may choose from core classes such as government and English, as well as electives like psychology. Students who are enrolled in a dual credit class must complete the college application, complete placement testing called the TSI, and register for the class through the school counselor. High school students may take only two dual credit classes per semester and those classes within the student's normal schedule are included in the overall grade point average. Students are required to pay tuition to the college, but the tuition for dual credit students is significantly reduced, making this option affordable and an early smart financial investment. Students may apply to San Jacinto College North at www.sanjac.edu.