Passed on May 6, 2013, House Bill 5 (HB5) is a new graduation plan for students entering high school as freshmen in the year 2014-2015. Students who were in grades 9, 10, and 11 in the school year 2013-2014 will be given a choice on which requirements they would like to graduate on.

How is it different?

Unlike previous graduation plans, HB5 gives students more room to pursue certain areas of interests that pertain to their future careers. These areas are called endorsements.

What are the endorsements?

Endorsements are organized into five categories with each one focusing on a different subject field. They are as followed:

  1. STEM- science, technology, engineering, and advanced math
  2. Business and Industry-  database management, architecture, information technology, construction, communications, welding, accounting, logistics, finance, automotive technology, marketing, agricultural science, graphic design, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning)
  3. Public Services- health sciences and occupations, education and training, law enforcement, and culinary arts and hospitality
  4. Arts and Humanities- political science, English literature, world languages, history, cultural studies, and  fine arts
  5. Multidisciplinary Studies- students can choose courses from the above four endorsements areas and take advanced courses in order to qualify for the distinguished level of achievement.

How can I graduate under the distinguished level of achievement?

Students can be recognized on the distinguished plan by completing four math credit (Algebra II must be included), four science credits, and the curriculum requirements for each endorsement.


For further questions, go see your assigned counselor.

Story by: Jennifer Nguyen

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