Students earn one or more endorsements as part of their high school graduation requirements. Endorsements consist of a related series of courses that are grouped together by interest or skill set. They provide students with in-depth knowledge of a subject area. Students must select an endorsement in the ninth grade. An endorsement is earned by completing the curriculum requirements for the endorsement including a fourth credit of math and science and two additional elective credits. Students can choose from five endorsement areas including the following:

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

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  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses related to STEM 
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Combination of no more than two of the categories listed above

Business and Industry (one of the following or a combination of areas)

  • Agriculture
  • Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Technology and Communications
  • Audio/Video
  • Information Technology
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation or Distribution and Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Technology Applications
  • English electives in public speaking, debate, advanced broadcast journalism, advanced journalism including newspaper and yearbook

Public Service (one of the following)

  • Human Services
  • Health Science
  • Education and Training
  • Law
  • Public Safety
  • Corrections and Security
  • (JROTC)

Arts and Humanities (one of the following)

  • Two levels each in two languages other than English (LOTE)
  • Social Studies
  • Four levels in the same LOTE
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Courses from one or two areas (music, theater, art, dance) in fine arts

Multi-Disciplinary Studies (one of the following)

  • Four advanced courses from other endorsement areas
  • Four credits in each foundation subject area, including English IV and chemistry and/or physics
  • Four credits in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual credit selected from English, mathematics, science, social studies, economics, LOTE