Board advanced placement and International Baccalaureate courses may be substituted
for requirements in appropriate areas. Credit may be awarded without prior instruction
under Texas Education Code, §28.023 (Credit by Examination). The student
must demonstrate proficiency in the following.
English - four
credits. The credits
must consist of English I, English II, English III, and English IV ( English I
for Speakers of Other Languages and English II for Speakers of Other Languages
may be substituted for English I and II for immigrant students with limited English
Mathematics - three credits. The credits must consist of Algebra I, Algebra
II, and Geometry.
Science - three credits. Students may choose three credits from the following
four areas. Not more than one credit may be chosen from each of the four areas.
All students who wish to complete the recommended high school program are encouraged
to take Biology, Chemistry, and Physics to fulfill the requirements of this section.
(A) Integrated Physics
(B) Biology, AP Biology, or IB Biology;
(C) Chemistry, AP Chemistry, or IB Chemistry; and
(D) Physics, Principles of Technology I, AP Physics, or IB Physics.
Social studies - three and one-half credits. The credits must consist of World
History Studies (one credit), World Geography Studies (one credit), United States
History Studies Since Reconstruction (one credit), and United States Government
Economics with emphasis on the free enterprise system and its benefits
- one-half credit.
Languages other than English - two credits. The credits must consist of Level
I and Level II in the same language.
Health - one-half credit, or Health Science Technology - one credit.
Fine arts - one credit, which may be satisfied by any course in Chapter 117
of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in Fine Arts).
Physical education - one and one-half credits to include one-half credit in
Foundations of Personal Fitness.
(A) A school district board of trustees may allow a student to substitute certain
physical activities for the one and one-half required credits of physical education,
including the one-half credit of Foundations of Personal Fitness. The substitutions
must be based on the physical activity involved in drill team, marching band,
and cheerleading during the fall semester; Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC);
athletics; Dance I-IV; and two- or three-credit career and technology work-based
(B) In accordance with local district policy, a school district may also apply to
the commissioner of education for a waiver to allow credit for appropriate private
or commercially-sponsored physical activity programs conducted on or off campus.
Such approval may be granted under the following conditions.
(i) Olympic-level participation
and/or competition includes a minimum of 15 hours per week of highly intense,
professional, supervised training. The training facility, instructors, and the
activities involved in the program must be certified by the superintendent to
be of exceptional quality. Students qualifying and participating at this level
may be dismissed from school one hour per day. Students dismissed may not miss
any class other than physical education.
(ii) Private or commercially-sponsored physical activities include those certified
by the superintendent to be of high quality and well supervised by appropriately
trained instructors. Student participation of at least five hours per week must
be required. Students certified to participate at this level may not be dismissed
from any part of the regular school day.
(10) Technology applications - one credit, which may be satisfied by:
(A) all courses
in Chapter 126 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
for Technology Applications);
(B) the following courses in Chapter 120 of this title (relating to Texas Essential
Knowledge and Skills for Business Education): Business Computer Information Systems
I or II, Business Computer Programming, Telecommunications and Networking, or
Business Image Management and Multimedia; or
(C) the following courses in Chapter 123 of this title (relating to Texas Essential
Knowledge and Skills for Technology Education/Industrial Technology Education):
Computer Applications, Technology Systems (modular computer laboratory-based),
Communication Graphics (modular computer laboratory-based), or Computer Multimedia
and Animation Technology.
Speech - one-half credit in Communication Applications, Speech Communication,
Public Speaking, Debate, or Oral Interpretation.