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Graduation Requirements

All entering Gateway College Preparatory freshmen will begin high school on the Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP). All students who enroll during their sophomore year and the beginning of their junior year will also begin on the DAP. An individual graduation plan will be developed for each student at the beginning of their freshman year or at the time of enrollment that outlines the requirements and timeline for meeting the DAP. Each studentís graduation plan will be reviewed at least twice a year. Students enrolling after the beginning of their junior year and anytime during their senior year will meet with the Director of Student Services to develop an individual plan to graduate on the DAP, if possible, or the Recommended High School Plan (RHSP) if the DAP is not possible.

For a Gateway College Prep student to move from the DAP to the RHSP, the student must request in writing to move to the RHSP and include an explanation of why the DAP is not possible. The request will be reviewed and must be approved by the Director of Student Services, Head of School, and Chief Operating Officer BEFORE the student will be allowed to move to the RHSP.


RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PLAN
 4 credits ELA (English I, II, III, and IV)
 4 credits math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and forth SBOE approved math)
 4 credits (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and fourth SBOE approved science)
 3.5 credits social studies (World Geography, World History, US History, and US Government)
 0.5 credit economics
 2 credits Languages Other Than English (must be two levels in the same language)
 1.5 credit physical education
 0.5 credit speech
 0.5 credit health
 1 credit fine arts
 4.5 credits SBOE approved elective courses for graduation
Total 26 credits


DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT PLAN
 4 credits ELA (English I, II, III, and IV)
 4 credits math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and forth math above Algebra II)
 4 credits (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and fourth SBOE approved science)
 3.5 credits social studies (World Geography, World History, US History, and US Government)
 0.5 credit economics
 3 credits Languages Other Than English (must be three levels in the same language)
 1.5 credit physical education
 0.5 credit speech
 0.5 credit health
 1 credit fine arts
 3.5 credits SBOE approved elective courses for graduation
Total 26 credits

In addition to the above credits, the Distinguished Achievement Program requires four advanced measures.


The above plans include only the credit requirements for graduation. Students are also responsible for meeting the following assessment requirements for graduation

FOUNDATIONS PLUS ENDORSEMENTS GRADUATION PLAN
  • 4 English (English I, II, III, one credit in any advanced English course)
  • 4 Math (Algebra I, Geometry, two credits in any advanced math course)
  • 4 Science (Biology, one credit in IPC or advanced science, two additional credits in any advanced science)
  • 4 Social Studies (World Geography, World History, US History, Government, Economics)
  • 2 LOTE or Computer Programming
  • 1 Physical Education (4 credits maximum)
  • 1 Fine Arts
  • 0.5 Health
  • 0.5 Communication Applications
  • 5 Elective Credits to include courses to meet at least one endorsement*
26 Credits Total


DISTINGUISHED LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT PLAN

  • 4 English (English I, II, III, one credit in any advanced English course)
  • 4 Math (Algebra I, Geometry, two credits in any advanced math course, one must be Algebra II)
  • 4 Science (Biology, one credit in IPC or advanced science, two additional credits in any advanced science)
  • 4 Social Studies (World Geography, World History, US History, Government, Economics)
  • 2 LOTE or Computer Programming
  • 1 Physical Education (4 credits maximum)
  • 1 Fine Arts
  • 0.5 Health
  • 0.5 Communication Applications
  • 5 Elective Credits to include courses to meet at least one endorsement*

26 Credits Total


*Endorsement Options
STEM Arts and Humanities Multidisciplinary Studies
Must take Algebra II, chemistry, and physics plus meet ONE of the following:
A total of five credits in math to include Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, and two advanced math for which Algebra II is a prerequisite
A total of five credits in science which include biology, chemistry, and physics plus two more courses
Meet ONE of the following:
A total of five social studies courses
Four levels of the same LOTE
Two levels of the same LOTE and two levels in a different LOTE
A total of four credits in fine arts from one or two disciplines (theatre arts, art, dance, choir, music)
Four credits in a coherent sequence of innovative courses (PALS or AVID)
Four English elective credits
Meet ONE of the following:
Four advanced courses
Four credits in each of the foundation subjects to include English IV, chemistry, and physics
Four credits in Advanced Placement or dual credit from English, math, science, social studies, economics, LOTE, or fine arts

STAAR END-OF-COURSE (EOC)
Students entering 9th grade during 2011-2012 or later are required to take End-of-Course (EOC) assessments as part of their graduation requirement. Satisfactory performance on the English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and US History EOCs are required for graduation.

EOC exams are expected to be administered at the end of each semester in the spring, summer, and fall. Any student not meeting the satisfactory level on any EOC is expected to retest at the next available testing opportunity.


HIGH SCHOOL GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION AND RECLASSIFICATION
9th Grade: A student must have been promoted from the 8th grade
(Meet minimum grade requirements and passing standards in reading and math STAAR)
10th Grade: A student must have satisfactorily completed 6.5 credits.
11th Grade: A student must have satisfactorily completed 13 credits.
12th Grade: A student must have satisfactorily completed 19.5 credits.

A student will only be reclassified at the end of the first and second semester of each school year as determined by the school calendar.
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