Texas Tech University

High School Curriculum

Clayton Tomlinson


Students in the Texas Tech University High School program come from different backgrounds, but all share the common goal of pursuing academic success. The Texas Tech University High School diploma program offers a state-accredited alternative to students who need or desire the flexibility of distance education to complete their course work and earn their high school diploma.

Full-Time Program Overview

  • We offer all of the courses necessary for students to meet the requirements to complete a Texas high school graduation plan.
  • In addition to completing coursework, students must pass the appropriate state-required graduation assessments (TAKS or STAAR/EOC), which is determined by the year the student entered ninth grade.
  • A student is awarded a Texas high school diploma once all graduation criteria are met.
    • Students can graduate from TTUISD at any time throughout the year. Each spring, a graduation ceremony is hosted on the Texas Tech campus to honor that school year's graduates.

Full-Time Program Information

Student Handbook

  • Most courses require students to purchase textbooks or other required materials at an additional cost.
  • Credit by Exams are available to full-time TTUISD students with certain restrictions. Students interested in taking a CBE should contact their advisor to discuss the TTUISD and Texas state policies regarding the exams.
  • Students must obtain at least 2.5 credits through TTUISD coursework to graduate from the full-time program. The last 2.5 credits must also be earned via TTUISD courses rather than through Credit-by-Exams or dual-credit courses.
  • Full-time enrollment status is maintained through a student's academic progress (one lesson per week) in a minimum of four courses.

Graduation Plans

Distinguished Plan (26 credits)

  • Full-time Texas Tech University High School students enrolling in the ninth grade during or after the 2014-2015 school year must complete the Distinguished Plan (26 credits).
    • Endorsement options include:
      • STEM
      • Business & Industry
      • Public Service
        (only offered to students transferring credits that will meet the endorsement requirements)
      • Arts & Humanities
      • Multidisciplinary Studies
    • This plan is customized to suit a student's future collegiate and career interests. Each student should contact their advisor to develop their personal graduation plan.
    • Use the TEA Graduation Toolkit to plan your high school years and beyond.

Recommended (26 credits) or Minimum (22 credits) Plan

  • TTUISD students who enrolled in the ninth grade between 2007-2013 must complete the Recommended (26 credits) or Minimum (22 credits) graduation plan.
    • Students must obtain approval from their academic advisor before enrolling in the Minimum Plan.

Recommended High School Plan (26 credits)

Subject Credits
English Four Credits:
  • English I, II, III, IV
Mathematics Four Credits:
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II

The additional credit may be selected from the following and must be successfully completed prior to Algebra II:

  • Mathematical Models with Applications

The fourth credit may be selected from the following after the successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II:

  • Precalculus
Sciences Four Credits:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

The additional credit may be IPC and must be successfully completed prior to chemistry and physics.

The fourth credit may be selected from any of the following:

  • Astronomy
  • Environmental Systems
Social Studies Four Credits:
  • World History Studies (one credit)
  • World Geography Studies (one credit)
  • U.S. History Studies Since 1877 (one credit)
  • U.S. Government (one-half credit)
  • Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits (one-half credit)
Academic Electives None
Languages Other Than English Two Credits:
  • French (1st and 2nd year)
  • German (1st and 2nd year)
  • Latin (1st and 2nd year)
  • Spanish (1st, 2nd and 3rd year)
Physical Education/Health One Credit:
  • Foundations of Personal Fitness
  • Team Sports:
    • Soccer/Volleyball
  • Individual Sports:
    • Bowling/Tennis
    • Health Education
Speech One Half Credit:
  • Communications Applications
Fine Arts One Credit:
  • Art, Level I
  • Music, Level I
  • Theatre, Level I
Elective Courses Five and one-half credits:
  • Banking and Finance Systems (half credit)
  • Business Information Management I (one credit)
  • Child Development (half credit)
  • Digital and Interactive Media (one credit)
  • Dollars and Sense (half credit)
  • Money Matters (one credit)
  • Principles of Information Technology (one credit)
  • Psychology (half credit)
  • Sociology (half credit)
  • Web Mastering (one credit)
  • Touch System Data Entry (half credit)

Students who entered ninth grade prior to 2007 must consult their academic advisor to determine the state graduate plan in effect at that time.


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