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1 COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION The Foundation High School Program + Endorsement (FHSPE) Katy ISD Freshman Class of Information for Students and Parents

2 THE FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM: BASIC INFORMATION All FHSPE students must choose an endorsement in one of 5 areas at the time they enter 9 th grade. Katy ISD students will select the endorsement along with their course selections. The endorsement should be selected based on the student s individual interests and goals Course Catalog, page 11

3 THE FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM: BASIC INFORMATION Students will have the opportunity to change the endorsement if they so choose. The endorsement, and any changes, must be indicated in writing and signed by the parent Course Catalog, page 11

4 GRADUATION CREDIT REQUIREMENTS 22 Foundation Credits + 4 Endorsement Credits = 26 Total Credits Course Catalog, page 10

5 English 4 credits English I, II, III, and an additional/advanced English Math 3 credits Algebra I, Geometry, and an additional/advanced math Science 3 credits Biology, and one course from IPC, or Chemistry, or Physics, and one additional/advanced science Social Studies 3 credits US History,.5 credit government,.5 credit economics, and either World History or World Geography LOTE 2 credits Credits must be in the same language Fine Arts 1 credit THE FHSP + ENDORSEMENT COURSE/CREDIT REQUIREMENTS Physical Education 1 credit Health.5 credit (KISD requirement) Electives 4.5 credits, including A communication skills component + Endorsement (4 additional credits) Students are expected to earn an endorsement in one of 5 areas. Each endorsement requires: a 4 th math credit a 4 th science credit 2 additional electives Course Catalog, page 9

6 COURSE NOTES PE substitutions All students must earn one PE credit. The following are approved PE substitutions: Athletics Fall semesters of Marching Band I and Marching Band II Fall semesters of Color Guard I and Color Guard II Dance I Dance Team Training I Dance Team I, Cheer 1 st year (if PE credit has not already been earned), or NJROTC 1 st year.

7 Health Health is a Katy ISD-required course for all students. COURSE NOTES Communication Skills Students on the FHSPE must have a communication skills component. The communication skills component can be satisfied through any of the following courses: Professional Communications, Communication Applications, Debate, Oral Interpretation, Professional Standards in Agribusiness, Teen Leadership, Theatre, or Dual Credit Speech Look for to identify courses marked that satisfy the communication skills component

8 THE 26-CREDIT FHSP + ENDORSEMENT

9 DISTINGUISHED LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT (DLA) A Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA) may be earned through successful completion of: All requirements for the Foundation High School Program, plus The requirements of at least one endorsement, including Algebra II among the four required math credits, and A fourth science credit A student must graduate with a Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA) to be considered for the Top 10% and eligibility for automatic admission to a Texas public college or university Course Catalog, page 10, under Recognitions

10 THE ENDORSEMENTS STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Business & Industry Public Services Arts & Humanities Multidisciplinary Studies

11 STEM SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING MATH

12 BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

13 PUBLIC SERVICES

14 ARTS & HUMANITIES

15 MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

16 CHOOSING COURSES FOR NEXT YEAR 1. Choose or review your endorsement, 2. Choose courses from the required subject areas. English, Math, Science, Social Studies 3. Choose courses from other areas to completely fill all seven class periods. 4. If one course marked (sem) is selected, a second (sem) course is also required.

17 CHOOSING COURSES FOR NEXT YEAR Warning! You cannot repeat a course for which you have already earned credit. No credit is awarded for a duplicated course. Review your credits and course selections with your counselor.

18 CHOOSING COURSES FOR NEXT YEAR Students must be mindful of their graduation plan and endorsement requirements. Choose core (required) courses and enough courses from other areas to complete seven full class periods. If one course marked (sem) is selected, a second (sem) course is also required. Review the course catalog when making selections. List alternate choices in the spaces provided. Turn in course selection sheets according to campus instructions. The student will meet to review credits and finalize course requests with the school counselor.

19 CHOOSING COURSES FOR NEXT YEAR Review the course catalog when making course selections. Pay special attention to Selecting Courses for the Next School Year on page 35, including the Schedule Changes information List alternate choices in the spaces provided. Discuss your endorsement choice and course selections with your parents and your school counselor! Turn in the course selection sheet as instructed by your campus.

20 CHOOSING COURSES: P.E. & FINE ARTS For student athletes, only one athletics program should be chosen on the course selection sheet. Band requires special consideration: If the student is in band but not in athletics, select the band option that gives fall PE credit and spring Fine Arts credit; If the student is in both athletics and band, the band option for the full year Fine Arts credit. If the student is going to take a first year dance course for PE credit, choose the appropriate dance course number listed under the Athletics heading.

21 COURSE VERIFICATIONS FOR NEXT YEAR Students will receive a course verification sheet later in the spring semester. The course verification sheet lists course selections for as well as the endorsement. Review all course requests and the endorsement for accuracy. Make any changes on the verification sheet. List alternate choices in the order of preference. Turn in the course verification sheet as instructed.

22 COURSE VERIFICATIONS AND SCHEDULE CHANGES Course verification is the time to change requests if they are needed. Schedule changes requested after this time will be honored for a limited number of reasons Course Catalog, page 35, under Schedule Changes

23 FINAL NOTES

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