Information for parents about your child's graduation from Northside ISD

Graduation is just the beginning

At Northside ISD, it’s our mission to prepare you for life after high school. It’s a mission that starts in kindergarten and doesn’t end until you have that diploma in your hands. We want to provide you with the support you need to stay on the road to graduation, so whether you need to figure out how many credits you need to graduate or what time your graduation ceremony is, you’ve come to the right place.

State High School Graduation Requirements

The Foundation High School Program with Endorsements is a flexible gradation program that allows students to explore their interests. It was established by the Texas Legislature for students entering high school in the 2014/2015 academic year or later.

The Program is comprised of four parts:

  • A 22-credit foundation plan
  • 5 Endorsement options that allow students to focus on a related series of courses
  • A higher performance category called Distinguished Level of Achievement
  • Performance Acknowledgements that recognize outstanding achievement in specific areas

All students entering the 9th grade will select an endorsement. More detailed information is available from the Texas Education Agency.

Northside Graduation Requirements

The Texas Education Agency requires minimum graduation requirements, and permits local education agencies to add to them. Graduation for NISD students are as outlined below:

Courses Foundation Foundation with Endorsement
English Language Arts 4 credits 4 credits
Mathematics 3 credits 4 credits
Science 3 credits 4 credits
Social Studies 3 credits 4 credits
Languages other than English 2 credits 2 credits
Physical Education 1 credit 1 credit
Health .5 credit .5 credit
Speech .5 credit .5 credit
Fine Arts 1 credit 1 credit
Endorsements/Electives 4 credits 5 credits
Total 22 26

Northside ISD prepares student for life after high-school. Whether they are planning to start a full-time job, join the military, attend college or trade school, this College and Career transition handbook contains information to meet the needs of every child. 

Diplomas for Certain Individuals Who Entered Grade 9 Before 2011-2012 School Year

The Texas Legislature passed Texas Administrative Code §74.1027 which allows students to earn a high school diploma who previously did not pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), but met all other graduation criterion.

Below are the required criteria that must all be met to be considered:

  • entered grade 9 before the 2011-2012 school year;
  • successfully completed the district and state curriculum requirements applicable to the student when the individual entered grade 9;
  • has not performance satisfactorily on an assessment instrument required for graduation (TAKS);
  • has been administered the TAKS exit-level subject-area assessment at least three times; and
  • meets the alternative requirements for graduation below.

One or more of the requirements below can count in place of passing the subject area exit-level TAKS test:

If Northside Independent School District was the last school district you attended and you meet the above criteria and would like a district-level committee to consider you for qualifying for a Northside ISD high school diploma you should:

  • Fill out an online transcript request form on the NISD Transcripts website
  • Click on "Continue to Transcript Ordering Form"
  • Use the "CLICK HERE if you are a FORMER STUDENT" option
  • When filling out the request form, place the following in the Special Instructions field: "For TAC 74.1027 review"