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Getting Ready for High School

Incoming  9th graders will follow a new set of graduation plans as outlined in House Bill 5 (HB5), recently passed by the Texas Legislature.  The new graduation plan replaces the state’s 4x4 graduation plan with a 22-credit foundation plan that allows students to receive endorsements in specific areas for a total of 26 credits.  There are five areas from which students may choose based on their interests.  As an incoming 9th grader, your child will choose one of the following areas of endorsement:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Business and Industry
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Public Service
  • Multidisciplinary Studies

Students must complete a Personal Graduation Plan prior to entering 9th grade that indicates which endorsement a student plans to earn.  The new law puts more responsibility on students to meet the requirements of the plan.  Therefore, it is important that both students and parents are well-informed about the options available prior to completing and signing the Personal Graduation Plan.  The Diboll High School Personal Graduation Plan can be found as an attached file on this page.