Graduation Plans


Texas Graduation Requirements

Beginning with the incoming freshman class of 2007–08, high school students that pursue the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program must earn 26 course credits to graduate, including four credits each in math, science, social studies, and English language arts.

Students can take the 22-credit Minimum High School Program only if approved by their parent(s) or guardian and a school official.

Students must pass their classes as well as all four sections of the exit level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) in order to receive a diploma and graduate from a Texas public high school.

Students first take the TAKS Exit Level tests in the spring of their junior year.

The exit level TAKS includes math, science, social studies, and English language arts. These tests are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS, which are the curriculum standards (or broad curriculum requirements) that teachers use every day in the classroom as the basis for instruction.

Students will have five opportunities prior to their graduation to take and pass the four TAKS Exit Level tests; however, passing these tests in their junior year is preferable.

Be sure to check with your Southwest Schools administrator for further information.


Recommended Plan

26 Credits Required [Link to ]


Minimum Graduation Plan

22 Credits Required [Link to ]


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