I. Students in RRISD who are freshmen in the 2004-2005 school year and thereafter must complete a minimum of 24 credits to receive a high school diploma under the Texas Scholars Recommended Program or 26 credits under the Round Rock Advanced Program or 28 credits under the Distinguished Achievement Program or 32 credits under the Summa Cum Laude Program. All credits must be completed in grades 9-12, except high school courses satisfactorily completed in middle school. All courses used to meet state graduation requirements must be selected from State Board-approved courses. Elective credits must be earned from approved State or local academic elective courses.
II. All courses in the course catalog are State Board-approved unless noted as Local Credit Only. State Board-approved courses are listed in the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 75: Curriculum. Locally developed electives (Local Credit Only) have been designed to meet an identified RRISD need or interest. In grades 9-12, a student may take locally developed courses to satisfy RRISD graduation requirements beyond the state graduation requirements. All elective credits for the Texas Scholars Recommended Program are to be selected from state approved courses. Two local academic credits are the maximum to be counted towards graduation in the Round Rock Advanced Program and the Distinguished Achievement Program. One local academic credit is the maximum to be counted toward the Summa Cum Laude Program.
III. The State of Texas provides three different seals to be placed on students’ academic achievement records (not Diplomas). These seals are: the Distinguished Achievement Program Seal; the Recommended Program Seal; and the High School Seal.
- Students completing the requirements for the Summa Cum Laude Program will have the Distinguished Achievement Seal affixed to their academic achievement record (not diploma).
- Students completing the requirements for the Distinguished Achievement Program will have the Distinguished Achievement Seal affixed to their academic achievement record (not diploma).
- Students completing the requirements for the Round Rock Advanced Program will have the Recommended Program Seal affixed to their academic achievement record (not diploma).
- Students completing the requirements for the Texas Scholars Recommended Program will have the Recommended Program Seal affixed to their academic achievement record (not diploma).
- Students completing the requirements for the High School Program will have the High School Program Seal affixed to their academic achievement record (not diploma). The High School Program is available only for approved students. See your counselor for application and required signatures.
IV. Early Graduation: A Round Rock ISD student may choose to graduate from high school in fewer than four years. Students who graduate within 36 months of entering high school and who graduate on the Texas Scholars, Round Rock Advanced, Distinguished Achievement Plans, or Summa Cum Laude are eligible for the State of Texas Early Graduation Scholarship Program. See your high school counselor for more details.
V. Tech Prep: Tech Prep is a system designed to prepare students for the future with an emphasis placed on higher-level academic courses taken in conjunction with high level career and technology education courses. Articulation agreements with community colleges may make it possible for students to earn college credit for courses successfully completed in high school. See your counselor for more details.
VI. A student must complete all the requirements in a specified graduation plan before he/she is awarded a diploma.
VII. It is the student's and parent’s responsibility to see that the requirements for graduation from high school are met. If you have any questions about courses, registration, state-required exit level exams, or other graduation requirements, contact a school counselor.
VIII. Since entrance requirements vary greatly from college to college and employers have varying needs and requirements, students who are college/career-bound should carefully consider high school course selections and investigate post-secondary entrance requirements and employment requirements prior to selecting their graduation plan.
IX. All Round Rock ISD graduation plans provide students opportunities to customize their high school program as they prepare for the future.
X. To determine the specific courses offered on a RRISD campus, consult the campus Course Selection Sheet.
Grade Level Classifications
- For the purpose of classifying students:
Freshman: A student must have been promoted from the 8th grade.
Sophomore: A student must have satisfactorily completed 6 credits.
Junior: A student must have satisfactorily completed 12 credits.
Senior: A student must have satisfactorily completed 18 credits.
These classifications are based on the number of credits actually completed prior to registration. Students are not reclassified during the school year except for Seniors who may be reclassified if they have 21 credits. A correspondence course is not considered completed until the final grade is recorded in the registrar's office. Review Round Rock ISD Policy FM (Legal) for further clarification regarding extracurricular eligibility requirements.