Graduation Requirements

Foundation Program + Multidisciplinary Endorsement with the Distinguished Level of Achievement (26 credits)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS – 4 credits
English 1, English 2, English 3, English 4

MATHEMATICS – 4 credits
Algebra 1 > Geometry > Algebra 2 > PreCalculus or Statistics OR
Algebra 1 > Geometry > Math Models > Algebra 2

SCIENCE – 4 credits
Biology > Chemistry > Physics > 4th Science** OR
Biology > IPC* > Chemistry > Physics

*IPC is Integrated Physics and Chemistry. IPC credit from middle school is for elective credit, not science credit

**Advanced Science: AP Chemistry 2, AP Physics 1&2, AP Biology 2, AP Environmental Science, Environmental Systems, Earth and Space Science, Astronomy, Anatomy & Physiology, Advanced Biotechnology, Robotics 3, Engineering

SOCIAL STUDIES – 4 credits
World Geography, World History, U.S. History, Economics (½ credit), Government (½ credit)

WORLD LANGUAGE – 2 credits (in same language)
ASL (American Sign Language), Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish

P.E. – 1 credit (Athletics, Cheerleading, Dance, Marching Band, PE)

HEALTH – 0.5 credit (Health or Health Science)

FINE ARTS – 1 credit
Art, Band, Beginning Guitar, Choir, Color Guard, Dance, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Technical Theatre, Theatre, AP Music Theory, AP Art History

ELECTIVES – 5.5 credits

The careful selection and completion of electives (including those in the CTE department) allows a student to earn an endorsement. At Westlake, students are defaulted to the Multidisciplinary Endorsement, which means earning four credits from each core area AND earning credit in at least four AP or dual credit courses OR earning four advanced credits (designated with a ^ on the course number folder). However, students are free to earn additional endorsements in areas of interest. Endorsement criteria are listed on the course number folder given to students during course selection and on the counseling website. In terms of college admissions, the number of endorsements earned is NOT a factor either inside the state of Texas or at colleges around the country.

MANDATORY TEXAS STATE ASSESSMENTS
Additionally, students must successfully complete all Texas legislated testing requirements as defined by the Texas Education Agency, which includes End-of-Course exams in English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and US History.