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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements (Classes of 2018)

Below is the list of academic requirements followed by the Christian Service Requirements.
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Texas Recommended Plan

*Texas Distinguished Plan

Bible 4 4
English **4 **4
Mathematics **4 **4
Social Studies **5 **5
World Language 3 (2 in same language) 3 (3 in same language)
Science 4 4
Physical Education 1 1
Fine Arts 2 2
Speech ***0.5 ***0.5
Elective Courses 3 3
Total 30.5 30.5


* Distinguished Plan requirements also include student achievement of four advanced measures, which include: 

  • A score of three or above on a College Board Advanced Placement examination; 
  • A score on the PSAT that qualifies a student for recognition as a Commended Scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation; as part of the National Hispanic Scholar Program of the College Board; or as part of the National Achievement Scholarship program for Outstanding Negro Students of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation; and
  • College courses: college academic courses and tech-prep articulated college courses with a grade of 3.0 or higher. 

Students must earn at least four advanced measures and may do so in any combination.

** Students must complete four credits during high school. These requirements began with the class of 2012.  
*** Speech credit is satisfied through successful completion of the second semester of Bible II (Leadership). For students enrolling after their sophomore year, the credit can be satisfied through enrollment in Bible II-B, or through an approved classroom course or online course in Speech.


Christian Service Requirements

The Christian Service graduation requirement recognizes the efforts of our students and meets the standards set to support Christian leadership and service in our youth. Students must earn a minimum requirement of ten (10) hours of service each year in grades 9-12. Service hours can be earned for each academic school year between June 1 and April 30. Hours earned after April 30 will apply to the next academic year. 

A benefit of this community involvement is the accumulation of volunteer hours that are important on college and scholarship applications. SCS partners with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This national award recognizes individuals that have achieved a standard of service with specific organizations over a 12-month period.

To receive credit for the President’s Volunteer Service projects, each student must establish an account at the website and provide SCS as the Certifying Organization. Activities for which a student will not receive approval include, but are not limited to: 

  • Services performed for monetary reward 
  • Services performed for a family member 
  • Court or school appointed service hours 
  • Political campaigning 
  • Activities which are primarily social rather than service oriented