When they enter high school next school year, all current 8th graders in Texas will be under a new graduation plan called The Foundation Plan. In addition, each student will have to choose an Endorsement (students may be able to get multiple endorsements) from the following areas:
- Business & Industry
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
- Arts & Humanities
- Public Services
All students will take the required courses from The Foundation Plan along with certain courses that will satisfy the requirements for the Endorsements and they will graduate with at least 26 credits. Students, along with their parents/guardians, are required to meet with the high school counselors and determine in writing which endorsement they want to get. It is also important to note that this choice of endorsements is not set in stone and can be changed by the students and parents.
We have been working with the Texas Education Agency, various Education Service Centers, and other school districts to put together a plan for what we will be able to offer at Ore City High School. We are now ready to present to the parents and to the students so they can make informed decisions about their future. We will set a date in the very near future to have a series of meetings with parents and students to discuss this new graduation plan and each endorsement that we will be offering at Ore City High School.
The following information is what I will be using when we have our meetings. Click on this link –> Ore City High School Foundation Plan with Endorsements
I am including it in this post so you will be able to look it over and get a preview of the new information for The Foundation Plan and each Endorsement for Ore City High School. IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS INFORMATION IS SPECIFIC TO ORE CITY HIGH SCHOOL. Each school has to determine what it will be able to offer, and not all schools will offer the same endorsements and the same pathways to get the endorsement.
I am fully aware that this will be somewhat confusing and you will have many questions, especially for those of you who have students in high school now or had students already go through our high school. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions. My goal is to make this as easy of a transition as possible for both the students and the parents.
Although this is a completely new graduation plan, I really believe that it is good for all students. As you know, all students are different and have different interests and this gives them choices and flexibility. I am excited about the opportunities this new graduation plan offers.