Foundation High School Program
The Foundation High School Program is a flexible program which allows students to pursue their interests. The program contains four main parts:
- A 22 credit foundation plan which is the core of the Texas high school diploma program.
- The opportunity to earn one or more endorsements (4 additional credits) that allow students to focus on a coherent sequence of related courses aligned with career interests.
- A higher performance category called the Distinguished Level of Achievement.
- Performance Acknowledgements that note outstanding achievement is specific areas.
The default program in Fort Bend ISD is the Foundation Plan + Endorsement with Distinguished Level of Achievement.
Fort Bend also requires .5 credit of Health and .5 credit of speech. Total of required credits is 26.
An endorsement is a set of courses that allow students to explore an area of interest allowing students to learn more about a particular subject or career area. Students in Fort Bend Independent School District select their Endorsement in their eighth (8th) grade year during the career planning/course selection process. In seventh (7th) grade, students complete the Career Cluster Inventory in Naviance to help them narrow their career interests, which in turn helps students select an endorsement. There are five (5) Endorsements from which to choose:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
- Business and Industry
- Public Service
- Arts and Humanities
- Multidisciplinary Studies
Each endorsement has a variety of pathways students may take to earn the endorsement. Please refer to the Fort Bend ISD Course Selection Guide and Universal Course Selection Sheet for pathway options.
In addition to coursework, students in Texas must pass 5 End of Course Exams:
- Algebra I
- English I
- English II
- US History