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 Graduate College, Career, & Life Ready

Life Ready

Completing the following

Lead and present an innovative project to others outside of SISD

Participate in the Interview Process

  25 Community Service Hours


College Ready

GPA of 85 or Higher on a 100 point Scale

Complete one or more of the following

TSI Compliant in Math and Reading

9+ Hours of Dual Credit Courses (SISD Reimburses students for a grade of A or B)

College Preparatory Math and/or English (If not TSI compliant in one or both)

ACT Scores: English (18), Reading (22), Math (22)

Complete the following

Complete The FAFSA

Visit a College or University

Apply for College


  • A personal graduation plan will be developed for each high school student. The district encourages all students to pursue a personal graduation plan that includes the completion of at least one endorsement and to graduate with the distinguished level of achievement. Attainment of the distinguished level of achievement entitles a student to be considered for automatic admission to a public four-year college or university in Texas, depending on his or her rank in class. The school will review personal graduation plan options with each student entering grade 9 and his or her parent. Before the end of grade 9, a student and his or her parent will be required to sign off on a personal graduation plan that promotes college and workforce readiness, promotes career placement and advancement, and facilitates the transition from secondary to postsecondary education. The student’s personal graduation plan will outline an appropriate course sequence based on the student’s choice of endorsement. Please review TEA's Graduation Toolkit. A student may, with parental permission, amend his or her personal graduation plan after the initial confirmation
  • A student must meet the following requirements to receive a high school diploma from the district: Achieve passing scores on certain end-of-course (EOC) assessments or approved substitute assessments, unless specifically waived as permitted by state law; Complete the required number of credits established by the state and any additional credits required by the district; Complete any locally required courses in addition to the courses mandated by the state; Demonstrate proficiency, as determined by the district, in the specific communication skills required by the State Board of Education (SBOE); and Complete and submit a free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) or a Texas application for state financial aid (TASFA).


    Foundation Graduation Program. Every Texas public school student will graduate under the foundation graduation program. The foundation graduation program features endorsements, which are paths of interest that include: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Business and Industry; Public Service; Arts and Humanities; and Multidisciplinary Studies. Endorsements earned by a student will be noted on the student’s transcript. A student can complete the foundation graduation program with a “distinguished level of achievement,” which reflects the completion of at least one endorsement and Algebra II as one of the required advanced mathematics credits. A Personal Graduation Plan will be completed for each high school student, as described on page . State law prohibits a student from graduating solely under the foundation graduation program without an endorsement unless, after the student’s sophomore year, the student and student’s parent(s) are advised of the specific benefits of graduating with an endorsement and submit written permission to the school counselor for the student to graduate without an endorsement. A student who wishes to attend a four-year university or college after graduation must carefully consider whether graduation under the foundation program without an endorsement will satisfy the admission requirements of the student’s desired college or university. A student graduating under the foundation graduation program can also earn performance acknowledgments on his or her transcript. Performance acknowledgments are available for outstanding performance in bilingualism and biliteracy, in a dual credit course, on an AP or IB examination, on certain national college preparatory and readiness or college entrance examinations, or for earning a license or certificate recognized at the state, national, or international level. The school counselor can provide more information about these acknowledgments. A student is not required to complete an Algebra II course to graduate under the foundation graduation program, and the district will annually notify a student’s parent of this fact. However, not taking Algebra II will make a student ineligible for automatic admission to four-year public universities and colleges in Texas and for certain financial aid and grants while attending those institutions. A school district will permit a student to satisfy the curriculum requirements for graduation under the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement, including an endorsement, by successfully completing courses in the core curriculum of a public Texas institution of higher education. Please see your counselor for more information.


    Credits Required. The foundation graduation program requires completion of the following credits:

    Course Area

    Number of Credits:

    Foundation Graduation Program

    Number of Credits:

    Foundation Graduation Program with an Endorsement

    English/Language Arts

    4

    4

    Mathematics

    3

    4

    Science

    3

    4

    Social Studies

    3

    3

    Physical Education

    1

    1

    Languages other than English

    2

    2

    Fine Arts

    1

    1

    Locally required courses

    ___

    ___

    Locally required courses

    ___

    ___

    Electives

    5

    7

    Total

    22 credits

    26 credits


    Additional considerations apply in some course areas, including:

    • Mathematics. To obtain the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation graduation program, a student must complete an endorsement and take Algebra II as one of the 4 mathematics credits. A student’s completion of the distinguished level of achievement is a requirement to be considered for automatic admission to a Texas four-year college or university and will be included on a student’s transcript.

    • Physical education. A student who is unable to participate in physical activity due to a disability or illness may be able to substitute a course in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, or another locally determined credit-bearing course for the required credit of physical education. This determination will be made by the student’s ARD committee, Section 504 committee, or other campus committee, as applicable.

    • Languages other than English. Students are required to earn 2 credits in the same language other than English to graduate. Any student may substitute computer programming languages for these credits. A student may satisfy one of the two required credits by successfully completing in elementary school a dual language immersion program or a course in American Sign Language. In limited circumstances, a student may be able to substitute this requirement with other courses, as determined by a district committee authorized by law to make these decisions for the student.


    Certificates of Coursework Completion. A certificate of coursework completion will be issued to a student who has successfully completed state and local credit requirements for graduation but has not yet demonstrated satisfactory performance on the state-mandated tests required for graduation.


    Students with Disabilities. Admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committees will make instructional and assessment decisions for students with disabilities who receive special education services in accordance with state law. Upon the recommendation of the ARD committee, a student with a disability who receives special education services may be permitted to graduate under the provisions of his or her individualized education program (IEP) and in accordance with state rules. A student who receives special education services may earn an endorsement under the foundation program. If the student’s curriculum requirements for the endorsement were modified, the student’s ARD committee will determine whether the modified curriculum is sufficiently rigorous to earn the endorsement. The ARD committee must also determine whether the student must perform satisfactorily on any end-of-course assessment to earn an endorsement. A student who receives special education services and has completed four years of high school but has not met the requirements of his or her IEP may participate in graduation ceremonies and receive a certificate of attendance. The student may then remain enrolled to complete the IEP and earn his or her high school diploma but will only be allowed to participate in one graduation ceremony.


    Graduation Speakers. Certain graduating students will be given an opportunity to speak at graduation ceremonies. A student must meet local eligibility criteria, which may include requirements related to student conduct, to have a speaking role. Students eligible for speaking roles will be notified by the principal and given an opportunity to volunteer.


    Class Rank/Highest-Ranking Student. The calculations of class rank, highest ranking student, valedictorian, and salutatorian can be found in district policy EIC (Local).
  • For two school years following graduation, a district student who graduates as valedictorian or in the top ten percent of his or her class is eligible for automatic admission into four-year public universities and colleges in Texas if the student: Completes the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation graduation program (a student must graduate with at least one endorsement and must have taken Algebra II as one of the four required math courses); or Satisfies the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks or earns at least a 1500 out of 2400 on the SAT. The student is ultimately responsible for meeting the admission requirements of the university or college, including timely submission of a completed application. Should a college or university adopt an admissions policy that automatically accepts the top 25 percent of a graduating class, the provisions above will also apply to a student ranked in the top 25 percent of his or her class. The University of Texas at Austin may limit the number of automatically admitted students to 75 percent of the University’s enrollment capacity for incoming resident freshmen. During the summer and fall 2021 terms and spring 2022 term, the University will admit the top six percent of a high school’s graduating class who meet the above requirements. Additional applicants will be considered by the University through a holistic review process. As required by law, the district will provide written notice concerning: Automatic college admission; Curriculum requirements for financial aid; Benefits of completing the requirements for automatic admission and financial aid; and The Texas First Early High School Completion Program and the Texas First Scholarship Program. Parents and students will be asked to sign an acknowledgment that they received this information. Students and parents should contact the school counselor for further information about automatic admissions, the application process, and deadlines.
  • Before graduating from high school, each student must complete and submit a free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) or a Texas application for state financial aid (TASFA). Students are encouraged to visit with their high school counselor to receive information regarding FAFSA or TASFA. A student is not required to complete and submit a FAFSA or TASFA if: The student’s parent submits a form provided by the district indicating that the parent authorizes the student to opt out; A student who is 18 years of age or older or a legally independent minor submits a form provided by the district indicating that the student opts out; or A school counselor authorizes the student to opt out for good cause. Please contact the school counselor for more information.
  • Through partnerships with RootED and Workforce Solutions of West Texas seniors will have access to a dedicated advisor for the purpose(s) of: 

    • College and career counseling

    • Support with College applications, scholarship applications and FAFSA

    • Ongoing support for their first year of Higher Education

    • Financial support for non-tuition related expenses based on student need

  • Students who are not successful in passing TSI on the first administration may enroll or be enrolled in a college prep course which is embedded into their third or fourth year English and Math courses.  The purpose of college prep is to better prepare students for the TSI exam which upon passing will exempt them from having to enroll in remedial English or Math courses in college and ensure students have the foundational skills necessary to be successful at the college level.  To offer these courses Sweetwater ISD partners with Western Texas College. 

    College Prep Memorandum of Understanding


  • Students in grades 9–12 may earn college credit through the following opportunities: Certain courses taught at the high school campus, which may include courses termed dual credit, Advanced Placement (AP), or college preparatory:

    • Enrollment in AP or dual credit courses through the Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN);

    • Enrollment in courses taught in conjunction and in partnership with TSTC, Angelo State University, and Western Texas College which may be offered on or off campus; and

    • Enrollment in courses taught at other colleges or universities.

    Enrollment in these programs is based on TSI scores. A student may be eligible for subsidies based on financial need for AP or IB exam fees. A student may also earn college credit for certain Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. All these methods have eligibility requirements and must be approved prior to enrollment in the course. Please see the school counselor for more information. Depending on the student’s grade level and the course, a state-mandated end-of-course assessment may be required for graduation. Not all colleges and universities accept credit earned in all dual credit or AP courses taken in high school for college credit. Students and parents should check with the prospective college or university to determine if a particular course will count toward the student’s desired degree plan.

    ASU Dual Credit Memorandum of Understanding

    TSTC Dual Credit Memorandum of Understanding

    WTC Dual Credit Memorandum of Understanding

     

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