Planning for Graduation

Notice:  On August 29, 2013, school districts in Texas, including Northside Independent School District, received notice that Commissioner of Education Michael Williams intends to file a rule soon that would enable some seniors graduating in the school year 2013-2014, including summer 2014, to graduate under the new Foundation Plan approved by the 83rd Texas Legislature. While an outline of the plan is attached, please note that this rule has not been approved yet by the State Board of Education and will not go into effect until after approval is passed. 
 
If the plan is approved, the first step for a senior seeking to graduate this school year and summer 2014 under the Foundation Plan is to immediately consult with the student’s campus counselor. Please watch this site for further updates.
 

Click here to download the proposed Foundation Plan for some seniors graduating in 2013-2014.  

The Importance of the High School Diploma

Receiving your diploma opens doors to:

  • Post-high school education
  • United States Military
  • Employment
  • Higher-paying jobs
  • A better future

Where do I start?

  • Begin to develop the roadmap to graduation as early as possible—ideally in the sixth grade.
  • Talk to your child about his/her short-term and long-term academic and career goals.
  • Plan carefully and thoughtfully to get your child on the road to success!

Common questions about graduation requirements

Can a student be in band for 4 years and still graduate on the Recommended or Distinguished Program?

Yes!

What classes will I be taking?

As of Summer 2013, Graduation Plans are being restructured by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in Austin. We will rework the High School Course Catalog as soon as we receive directive from TEA, but to view the course catalog in its current form click here. Courses requirements will stay the same for the most part although we know that the number of required End of Course tests will decrease dramatically. 

Can a student be a 4-year athlete and still graduate on the Recommended or Distinguished Program?

Yes!

Can a student be in a coherent sequence of Career & Technology courses (i.e., Agriculture, Automotive Tech., Culinary Arts) and still graduate on the Recommended or Distinguished Program?

Yes!

Other requirements

In addition to fulfilling credit requirements, students must also pass the TAKS exit exams in order to graduate.

Numerous services are available to help students pass TAKS. Please contact your school counselor or academic dean for information.

5 Actions a parent can take to promote student success

  • Monitor your student's grades and attendance (through the Parent Connection or by talking with teachers).
  • Seek tutoring and acadmic support immediately if your student begins to struggle. Course failure can lead to delayed graduation.
  • Review regularly your student's progress on his/her Graduation Plan and have daily conversations about experiences at school.
  • Encourage your student to become actively involved in school life (clubs, sports and arts).
  • Acknowledge and praise your student's successes, and provide support to strengthen areas of growth.

Begin with the end in mind

  • Start early, and start strong.
  • Remain informed and involved.
  • Seek resources and support

Learn more at the Guidance and Counseling.