What is an Endorsement Pathway?
Within each of the Endorsements are multiple pathways for a student to choose courses towards completion of their high school diploma. The following list indicates examples for each Endorsement.
STEM Endorsement (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
• Computer Science/Technology Pathway
• Engineering Pathway (Project Lead the Way)
Business and Industry Endorsement
• Agricultural Science Pathway / Animal Science Focus
• Agricultural Science Pathway / Business Focus
• Arts, Audio/Video,Technology and Communication Pathway
• Business and Finance Pathway
• Hospitality / Culinary Pathway
• Marketing Pathway
• Information Technology Pathway
Public Service Endorsement
• Education and Training Pathway
• Health Science Pathway
• Law, Public Safety and Correction Pathway
• Advanced Course Sequence
• Foundation Subject Area Sequence
• Advanced Placement or Dual Credit Sequence
When will students choose an Endorsement?
Students will declare an Endorsement during their 9th grade course selection process.
Can students change their Endorsement selection?
Yes, students will be allowed to change their Endorsement throughout their High School career within certain time periods and while working in conjunction with their counselor. Special attention will need to be given to the timing of switching Endorsements due to the different course requirements per Endorsement.
Will the Endorsement choice limit students from enrolling in certain colleges?
The new House Bill 5 Graduation requirements are still very new. Colleges are still likely to look at specific core courses taken, the rigor level of those courses, student Grade Point Average (GPA), college entrance exam (SAT/ACT) scores, extracurricular activities, and student/community involvement to evaluate the student on an individual basis. It is very important students and parents are aware of any admission requirements for the university or college they plan to attend.
What if a student is undecided and does not want to specify an Endorsement?
Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires all 8th graders to select an Endorsement upon entering 9th grade.
Does a student have to choose the Arts and Humanities Endorsement if they plan on participating in Band, Choir, Dance or Theatre all 4 years in High School?
No, the student will likely qualify for the Arts and Humanities Endorsement based on the completion of these Fine Arts classes, but can select another Endorsement to pursue as well.