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COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION The Foundation High School Program + Endorsement Katy ISD Freshman Class of 2015 -2016.

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1 COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION The Foundation High School Program + Endorsement Katy ISD Freshman Class of 2015 -2016

2 GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION Students are classified based on the year they first entered 9 th grade and the number of academic credits they have earned at the beginning of the school year. The FHSP + Endorsement requires a total of 26 credits.

3 CLASS RANK Class rank is based on the cumulative grade point average of high school credit courses. A student’s grade point average is derived by dividing the total number of grade points by the number of semester courses attempted. Class rank is first officially calculated during the SPRING semester of the JUNIOR year and is updated after each subsequent semester.

4 THE FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM: BASIC INFORMATION All FHSP students must choose an endorsement in one of 5 areas at the time of entry into 9 th grade. Katy ISD students are selecting the endorsement along with their course selections. Students will have the opportunity to change the endorsement. The endorsement, and any changes, must be indicated in writing and signed by the parent. See 2015-2016 Course Catalog page 11

5 FHSP+ENDORSEMENT VS RHSP+DAP FHSP+Endorsement Plan- Students who entered High School starting the 2014 school year and thereafter. In other words, this is YOUR PLAN. RHSP+DAP- Students who entered High School BEFORE the 2014 school year. This is NOT your plan.

6 THE FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM: BASIC INFORMATION Beginning in 9 th grade, counselors will meet individually with students and parents to develop a Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) outlining the student’s course of study. The Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) will be reviewed each year and must be signed by the parent.

7 THE FHSP + ENDORSEMENT COURSE/CREDIT REQUIREMENTS 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 an additional/advanced science Social Studies – 3 credits US History,.5 credit government,.5 credit economics, and either World History or World Geography LOTE (Foreign Language) – 2 credits Credits must be in the same language Fine Arts – 1 credit 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 See 2015-2016 Course Catalog page 10

8 OTHER LANGUAGES (2 YR REQUIREMENT) A minimum of 2 years in a foreign language is required to graduate. American Sign Language (ASL)- availability based on enrollment; write in another foreign language in the “alternate selection” just in case ASL course is not available. You can take 3+ years of a foreign language. You can graduate with more than 1 foreign language (still need a minimum of 2 yrs in each foreign language). LOTE/CBE- Summer option of testing out of a language.

9 COURSE NOTES Health Health – Health is a Katy ISD-required graduation credit for all students(1 sem). Communication Skills (FHSP) Communication Skills (FHSP) – Students on the FHSP must have a communication skills component; however, there is no separate speech credit requirement. The communication skills component can be satisfied through Professional Communications, Communication Applications, Debate, Oral Interpretation, Professional Standards in Agribusiness, Teen Leadership(sem), Theatre, Dual Credit Speech.

10 COURSE NOTES PE substitutions PE substitutions – All students must earn one PE credit. The credit may be earned through a traditional PE or Athletics course, or one of the following approved PE substitutions: – fall semesters of Marching Band I and Marching Band II, – fall semesters of Color Guard, – Dance, – Dance Team I, – Cheer – 1 st year (if PE credit has not already been earned), or – NJROTC.

11 THE 22-CREDIT FOUNDATION

12 THE FHSP + ENDORSEMENT

13 STEM SCIENCE ■ TECHNOLOGY ■ ENGINEERING ■ MATH STEM requires completion of Algebra II, Chemistry, and Physics. The STEM endorsement includes courses of study related to: Advanced science courses; or Advanced math courses for which Algebra II is a prerequisite; or Computer Science / Computer Programming; or A cross-disciplinary study of advanced math and advanced science A STEM endorsement requires a coherent sequence of 4 credits in at least one of the bulleted courses of study.

14 BUSINESS & INDUSTRY The Business & Industry endorsement requires completion of 4 or more Career and Technology Education (CTE), including 2 courses in the same career cluster, selected from: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Architecture & Construction Arts, Audio/Visual Technology & Communications Business Finance Hospitality & Tourism Information Technology Manufacturing Marketing Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

15 BUSINESS & INDUSTRY (2 OF 3) The Business & Industry endorsement may also be earned through the completion of four (4) English Language Arts electives, including: Three (3) levels in one field of journalism o Newspaper; or o Yearbook; or Three (3) levels in either o Debate; or o Oral Interpretation A Business & Industry endorsement in the areas listed on this screen requires a progressive sequence of 3 levels in one of the bulleted courses of study, plus one additional English Language Arts elective.

16 BUSINESS & INDUSTRY (3 OF 3) The Business & Industry endorsement may also be earned through the completion of four (4) Technology Applications electives, including: Digital Design & Media Production Digital Art & Animation Digital Communication in the 21 st Century Audio Video Production The Business and Industry endorsement may also be earned through a combination of courses forming a coherent sequence, selected from various categories within the endorsement.

17 PUBLIC SERVICES The Public Services endorsement requires completion of credits in at least one career cluster, selected from: Education & Training Government & Public Administration Health Science Human Services Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps)

18 ARTS & HUMANITIES The Arts & Humanities endorsement may be earned through completion of at least one of the following: Four English elective credits related to literature; or Five Social Studies credits; or Four levels in the same language in a Language Other than English; or Two levels/credits of one language in a Language Other than English and two levels/credits of a second language in a Language Other than English; or A progressive sequence of four credits, selected from one or two Fine Arts disciplines, including Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre; or Four English elective credits: English IV, Independent Study in English, Literary Genres, Creative Writing, Research & Technical Writing, Humanities, or AP English Literature & Composition.

19 MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES The Multidisciplinary Studies endorsement requires completion of at least one of the following: Four additional/advanced credits, from within one endorsement area or from various endorsement areas, that prepare the student to either o successfully enter postsecondary education without the need for remediation; or o successfully enter the workforce. Four credits in each: English Language Arts (must include a traditional English IV), Math, Science (must include Chemistry and/or Physics), and Social Studies; or Four AP, International Baccalaureate (transfer students only; not offered in KISD) or dual credit courses, selected from English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts and/or LOTE.

20 THINKING AHEAD: 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. See 2015-2016 Course Catalog, page 10, under “Recognitions”

21 THINKING AHEAD: PERFORMANCE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS See 2015-2016 Course Catalog, page 10, under “Recognitions” Performance Acknowledgements may be earned in one or more of the following categories: AP test score of 3 or above; IB test score of 4 or above (transfer students only as the International Baccalaureate program is not available in Katy ISD); Qualifying PSAT score based on the 11 th grade test; SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1250 or above; ACT composite score of 28 or above; College course with a final grade of A or B (3.0 or above); Bilingualism and biliteracy; and Earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license.

22 CHOOSING COURSES FOR THE FRESHMAN YEAR Choose an endorsement, Selections must include one course from each of the following English, Math, Science (Biology) Students are required to take either World Geography (a 9 th grade option) or World History (taught at 10 th grade level) Please note that some colleges prefer 4 year of Social Studies. Choose courses selected from other areas to complete the seven class periods If one course marked (sem) is selected, a second (sem) course is also required.

23 CHOOSING COURSES FOR THE FRESHMAN YEAR Warning! If you are taking any high school credit courses this year, the same course must not be chosen for next year. If you are in athletics, choose only one athletics program on the course selection sheet. Band requires special consideration: If you are in band but not in athletics, select the band option that gives fall PE credit and spring Fine Arts credit; If you are in both athletics and band, select the band option for the full year Fine Arts credit.

24 CHOOSING COURSES FOR THE FRESHMAN YEAR Review the course catalog when making course selections. – Pay special attention to “Selecting Courses for the Next School Year” on page 26, including the “Schedule Changes” information List alternate choices in the spaces provided. Discuss your endorsement choice and course selections with your counselor! Turn in the course selection sheet as instructed by your campus.

25 COURSE VERIFICATIONS FOR THE FRESHMAN YEAR You will receive a course verification sheet later in the spring. – The course verification sheet lists course selections and endorsement for 2015 – 2016. – The selected endorsement appears as an additional course Review all selections for accuracy. Make any necessary changes on the verification sheet. List alternate choices in the order of preference. Turn in the course verification sheet as instructed by your current campus.

26 COURSE VERIFICATIONS AND SCHEDULE CHANGES Now is the time to discuss course options with parents, teachers, and school counselors. Based on the input received, students may request a change in course selections for the following year until the conclusion of the spring semester. After course verification, requests for schedule changes will be honored for a limited number of reasons such as: 1.Error in scheduling on part of school, such as data entry error; 2.Student failure in a prerequisite course; 3.Change in program (athletics, fine arts, etc.); 4.Level changes as recommended by teachers and school counselor with parental knowledge and principal approval; 5.Student did not meet standard on the STAAR/EOC, or did not meet standard on the benchmark test. See 2015-2016 Course Catalog, page 26, under “Schedule Changes”

27 FINAL NOTES http://www.katyisd.org/Documents/2015-2016%20Course%20Catalog.pdf


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