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Students must pass their classes, as well as state tests, in order to receive a diploma and graduate from a Texas public high school.

The students of Texas (Class 2017) have the option of graduating under four plans, or sets of required classes and credits, that a student must complete for graduation from high school. They are known as the Recommended Plan, the Distinguished Achievement Plan, the Minimum plan and Foundation. "Four-year" colleges throughout Texas (with two exceptions currently) require students to complete the Recommended Plan as part of their admissions requirements. "Two-year" and technical colleges do not require the Recommended Plan for admission at this time.

**Note: if a student cannot complete the requirements to graduate under the Recommended Plan, the "Minimum Plan" is the third option. Parents, student, and school official must sign a form stating that they (parents/student) understand they are giving up the option of the "Texas Grant" and they will also not be as prepared for post-secondary training.

Classifications

Freshman--> promoted from 8th grade

Sophomore-->satisfactorily completed 6 credits

Junior-->satisfactorily completed 12 credits

Senior-->satisfactorily completed 18 credits

General Overview of Foundation High School Program--February 2014

Graduation Programs Side by Side

Graduation Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 in 2012-13 and thereafter.

In addition to completing all course requirements, students must pass the appropriate state-approved assessments. Students are required to earn the appropriate passing scores on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course tests.

Senate Bill 149 has revised the state’s assessment graduation requirements for students enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade for the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, or 2016-2017 school years. A student who has failed the EOC assessment graduation requirements for no more than two courses may receive a Texas high school diploma if the student has qualified to graduate by means of an individual graduation committee (IGC) determination.