Grades 6–8

Physical Activity Requirements


  1. A student who is unable to participate in the required physical activity because of illness or disability; and
  2. A student who participates in an extracurricular activity with a moderate or vigorous physical activity component that is considered a structured activity and meets the requirements for extracurricular activity as defined at 19 Administrative Code 76.1001.
  1. The activity must be structured;
  2. The board must certify the activity; and
  3. The student must provide proof of participation in the activity.
  1. The activity is based on the grade appropriate movement, physical activity and health, and social development strands of the essential knowledge and skills for physical education specified in 19 Administrative Code Chapter 116; and
  2. The activity is organized and monitored by school personnel or by appropriately trained instructors who are part of a program that has been certified by the board.

Fine Arts Requirement

Instruction in High School, College, and Career Preparation

  1. The creation of a high school personal graduation plan under Education Code 28.02121;
  2. The distinguished level of achievement described by Education Code 28.025(b-15);
  3. Each endorsement described by Education Code 28.025(c-1);
  4. College readiness standards; and
  5. Potential career choices and the education needed to enter those careers.

High School Courses at Earlier Grades

Grades 9–12 Course Offerings

  1. English language arts — English I, II, III, IV, and at least one additional advanced English course.
  2. Mathematics — Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus, and Mathematical Models with Applications.
  3. Science — Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and at least two additional science courses selected from Aquatic Science, Astronomy, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Systems, Advanced Animal Science, Advanced Biotechnology, Advanced Plant and Soil Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Engineering Design and Problem Solving, Food Science, Forensic Science, Medical Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Scientific Research and Design, and Principles of Engineering.
    1. The requirement to offer two additional courses may be reduced to one by the commissioner upon application of a district with a total high school enrollment of less than 500 students.
    2. Science courses shall include at least 40 percent hands-on laboratory investigations and field work using appropriate scientific inquiry.
  4. Social studies — United States History Studies Since 1877, World History Studies, United States Government, World Geography Studies, Personal Financial Literacy, and Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits.
  5. Physical education — at least two of the following:
    1. Foundations of Personal Fitness;
    2. Adventure/Outdoor Education;
    3. Aerobic Activities; or
    4. Team or Individual Sports.
  6. Fine arts — courses selected from at least two of the four fine arts areas (art, music, theatre, and dance) as follows:
    1. Art I, II, III, IV;
    2. Music I, II, III, IV;
    3. Theatre I, II, III, IV; or
    4. Dance I, II, III, IV.
  7. Career and technical education [see EEL] — coherent sequences of courses selected from at least three of the following 16 career clusters:
    1. Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources;
    2. Architecture and Construction;
    3. Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications;
    4. Business Management and Administration;
    5. Education and Training;
    6. Finance;
    7. Government and Public Administration;
    8. Health Science;
    9. Hospitality and Tourism;
    10. Human Services;
    11. Information Technology;
    12. Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security;
    13. Manufacturing;
    14. Marketing;
    15. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; and
    16. Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics.
  8. Languages other than English — Levels I, II, and III or higher of the same language.
  9. Technology applications — Computer Science I and Computer Science II or Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science and at least two of the following:
    1. Computer Science III;
    2. Digital Art and Animation;
    3. Digital Communications in the 21st Century;
    4. Digital Design and Media Production;
    5. Digital Forensics;
    6. Digital Video and Audio Design;
    7. Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science;
    8. Fundamentals of Computer Science;
    9. Game Programming and Design;
    10. Independent Study in Evolving/Emerging Technologies;
    11. Independent Study In Technology Applications;
    12. Mobile Application Development;
    13. Robotics Programming and Design;
    14. 3-D Modeling and Animation;
    15. Web Communications;
    16. Web Design; and
    17. Web Game Development.
  10. Speech — Communications Applications.
  11. Each district shall provide an elective course in personal financial literacy that meets the requirements for a one-half elective credit, using materials approved by the SBOE. The instruction in personal financial literacy must include instruction on completing the application for federal student aid provided by the Department of Education. In fulfilling the requirement to provide financial literacy instruction, a district may use an existing state, federal, private, or nonprofit program that provides students without charge the described instruction.

Applied Courses

Research Writing Component

Parenting Awareness Program

High School

Middle and Junior High School

Program Requirements

  1. Parenting skills and responsibilities, including child support;
  2. Relationship skills, including money management, communication, and marriage preparation; and
  3. Skills relating to the prevention of family violence, only if the district's middle, junior high, or high schools do not have a family violence program.

Local Programs and Materials

  1. Child development;
  2. Parenting skills, including child abuse and neglect prevention; and
  3. Assertiveness skills to prevent teenage pregnancy, abusive relationships, and family violence.

Parent Permission

Alcohol Awareness Instruction

CPR Instruction

Waivers for Students with Disabilities

  1. The student's admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee if the student receives special education services under Education Code, Chapter 29, Subchapter A; or
  2. The committee established for the student under Section 504, if the student does not receive special education services, but is covered by Section 504.


Proper Interaction with a Peace Officer

Hamlin ISD



DATE ISSUED: 11/15/2019