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Graduation Requirements

Students who complete the required credits listed below will graduate from LHN with the Distinguished Level of Achievement. The requirements of this achievement are in compliance with the standards of the Texas Foundation High School Program, which is the minimum requirements set by the legislature and adopted by the Board of Education for all students in Texas to graduate from high school. 

Our graduation requirements also include coursework to achieve the Multidisciplinary Endorsement: four credits of math including algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2, and four credits of science including biology, chemistry, and physics. 

If a student is unable to complete the required coursework, we will work with the student and family to alter the graduation plan in order to meet the Foundation High School Program, either with or without an endorsement. This circumstance is rare and is handled on an individual basis.

Required Coursework

English  4
Must include algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2
Must include 1 credit each in biology, chemistry and physics
Social Studies 
Includes 1 credit each in world geography, world history, and U.S. history and .5 credit each of U.S. government and economics
Health .5
Physical Education:
.5 credit for participating in two LHN athletic seasons (up to 1.5 credits for 6 seasons);
.5 credit earned per one semester in PE class
Foreign Language 
Credits must be in same language
Fine Arts
Communication Applications .5
1 credit per year (Gr. 9-12)
Electives 3.5
TOTAL 30 credits



Students may also graduate with an additional one or two endorsements beyond the required Multidisciplinary Endorsement. They can choose to work toward the Arts & Humanities Endorsement and/or the STEM Endorsement.

  1. Multidisciplinary Endorsement (Required)
    Students must complete four credits of math including Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and four credits of science, including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

  2. Arts & Humanities Endorsement (Optional)
    Students may choose to complete one of the following paths:

    Path 1: 4 credits in fine arts (art and/or music); band used as PE credit is excluded
    Path 2: 4 credits in the same language other than English
    Path 3: 2 credits each in two languages other than English
    Path 4: 5 social studies credits

  3. STEM Endorsement (Optional)
    Science, Technology, Engineering, Math  
    Students may choose to complete one of the following paths: 

    Path 1: 5 math credits; Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, two additional math courses above Algebra 2
    Path 2: 5 science credits, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, plus two additional science courses


Performance Acknowledgements

Students will receive an additional acknowledgement when they graduate for achieving the following:
  • 12 hours of dual credit courses with grades of A or B
  • Advanced Placement exam scores of 3-5
  • 3 credits in Spanish or Latin courses with an average of 80+ along with 80+ average in English
girl grades

Interested in taking classes online?

Students who are enrolled in LEAH Schools Online are required to complete the same number of credits to graduate. This applies to students who are enrolled full-time online and to those who have a blended schedule, which allows a maximum of four on-campus classes and a minimum of three online classes during each school year.

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