Program Description and Recognition Requirements

Texas Scholars – High School and Beyond program focuses students on education and career planning during middle and high school. The TBEC Texas Scholars recognition requirements were revised beginning with the 9th grade class of 2007-08, to receive recognition as a TBEC Texas Scholar, students are now required to:

• Graduate from high school having completed the Recommended High School Program (RHSP) or Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), and

• Complete at least two courses while in high school eligible for college credit.

High school students that entered the 9th grade prior to 2007-08 are only required to complete the  24 credit Recommended High School Program  to be recognized as a TBEC Texas Scholar. For the 9th grade class of 2007-08 and beyond, the new Recommended High School Program requirements include four years of mathematics and four years of science for a total of 26 credits . For more information on the Recommended High School Program and graduation requirements go to the TEA website.

The college course credit requirements were added  to encourage students to begin post secondary work while still in high school. Some examples of courses eligible for college credit are: Advanced Placement (AP) courses, International Baccalaureate courses (IB), CTE courses leading to a post-secondary certification, and dual credit /concurrent enrollment courses.

School districts may choose to add additional requirements to address unique needs and expectations for their community or region. Each school district is encouraged to have students develop and carry out multi-year individual education and career plans that transition students to college, the workplace, or the military.   TBEC recommends that school districts use the TBEC  Achieve Texas Education and Career Planning System powered by Kuder as the planning system  for helping students plan their future.