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Aug 13, 2014 5:49 PM by Janine Reyes

Parents, Students Learn New Graduation Requirements to Impact Freshman

CORPUS CHRISTI -- As your kids gear up to go back to the classroom, parents, you probably need to hit the books as well.

House Bill 5 passed last year and for this year's freshman, there are major changes to the high school education plan.

We caught up with new students and their parents as they packed the King High School Auditorium.

Many are not really sure what to expect of high school.

But, today's freshman have more than just high school to get used to, they'll be the first group to experience new graduation requirement changes.

"I have one that just graduated with her Masters at A&M Corpus Christi," said mom Pat Rios.

Although she's see one daughter through high school 12 years ago, her daughter Heather's high school plan will be different.

This year's freshman choose one of 3 graduation plans. They range from foundation, which only requires 22 credits, to foundation + endorsements, and up to distinguished level of achievement.

Administrators suggest plans with endorsements,
which are very similar to majors in college.

Pat's daughter Heather is not too concerned, she wants to be a veterinarian, so she'll choose the STEM, or Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics endorsement.

"Has this been a life long dream of yours," we asked her. "Yes, it has actually," she replied.

Mom Pat says she is consistent. But, she's seen that before. "Well, her sister changed when she was a freshman, because she wanted to be a veterinarian, now she's in administration for education," she said.

Heather's older sister changed her mind in college.

It's not uncommon, and that's exactly why House Bill 5 has high school kids consider their interests now, they hope they'll have it figured out before college.

For Heather and other freshman at orientation, just starting high school is what's really on their minds.

"It's going to be different here, because it's much bigger," she said.

Students don't really have to choose an endorsement, or major, until the end of next year. But administrators want students and their parents to start thinking about it now. There's a meeting in the fall to help students and parents better understand.

To study up on the requirements, click here.

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