Who is affected by the new graduation plan?
Students who were 8th graders in 2013-14 and all students thereafter will graduate under the new plan.
Do students have to declare an endorsement?
Yes, students must declare their preferred endorsement areas, in writing, by the beginning of their 9th grade year.
Will students be able to take courses under different endorsements?
Yes, the Multidisciplinary Endorsement will allow students to take courses from each endorsement area.
Can students be undecided as to which endorsement they want to pursue?
No, every student will choose an endorsement. Students will be assigned to the Multidisciplinary Endorsement by default until they make their choice.
How will students know what courses to take?
Academic Advisors will be meeting with students to plan their Personal Graduation Plans (PGP). During these one-on-one meetings, advisors and students will discuss an order that a student must successfully complete specific classes to meet requirements for the Foundation High School Program, the Foundation High School Program Plus Endorsements, and the Distinguished Level of Achievement.
Will all students have a PGP?
Yes, all students will meet with their academic advisors as part of their preregistration for 9th grade and develop their PGP. Parents will be required to sign the PGP to ensure that they are aware of the choices made by their children.
Can students complete all requirements for endorsements and DLA and still participate in athletics/fine arts?
Yes, students entering 9th grade in 2014-2015 must take seven period a day each year for a total of 28 or more credits by the end of their senior year. In addition, some courses such as Algebra I, Languages Other than English, and Health and Technology are offered in junior high enabling studnets to gain credits during their 7th and 8th grade years. LDHS encourages students to be well-rounded individuals.
Are students required to take Algebra II?
Algebra II is a requirement for students who choose to graduate with a Distinguished Level of Achievement. It may also be required under a specific endorsement. LDISD encourages all students to take Algebra II as part of their preparation to go to college or join the work force; however, LDHS offers a provision for students to opt out of Algebra II when appropriate.
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 LDHS 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 Technology credit will be a requirement under the LDHS Foundation High School Program.
Will students be required to take Speech?
Yes, Speech is not required under the State Foundation High School Program, however, it will be a requirement under the LDHS Foundation High School Program.
How can students opt out of courses?
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. Academic advisors, teachers, students and parents will be involved in the process.
Will students' transcipts and diplomas reflect Endorsements, Performances 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 LDHS FHSP; however, LDHS 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.