• What is CCMR? 

     

    College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) prepares students for life after graduation.  It comprises curriculum, resources, programs, and activities that will help students have the tools they need to enter college or the workforce and begin a career.  CCMR is integrated into the everyday culture of our district and is supported by state guidelines and partnerships with higher education organizations and businesses.  

    How do we prepare your child?

    CCMR is important from elementary to graduation.  Our academics are structured around giving your child a well-rounded education.  We provide several opportunities for your child to grow and develop skills needed for their future.   We accomplish this by providing our children with:

    • challenging curriculum
    • informative resources and tools
    • supportive staff
    • events and activities that jumpstart planning, such as College Night and career days

    Path to a brighter future?

    Where do we start?  There are so many careers out there, but how do I decide?  Look for your passion. What is it that you like to do and you find enjoyable?  Do some research in the area that you gravitate to.  Are you good at math, science, history, psychology, biology, art, music, or dance?  Explore your skill and see if that is really what you would like to do.  To have a bright future you need to enjoy what you are doing. 

    Explore these sites to determine if you are on the right path for your future.

     

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  • Graduation Program

    Where do we start?  In Texas, we have a foundation high school that will help you establish what you want to learn to be ready for college, a career, and the military.   This is where we start looking at our skills, abilities, and strengths. 

     

    ECISD Graduation Requirements 

    Students are expected to fulfill course requirements through completion of the Foundation High School Program with at least one endorsement.  All 9th-grade students are placed at Distinguished.  Performance Acknowledgements are encouraged by all students.  Please see the criteria for Distinguished and Performance Acknowledgements below.  

    Educational Planning through Naviance:

    All 8th-grade students are required to choose an Endorsement area for High School.  Personal Graduation Plans are completed and signed in the spring of the 8th-grade year.  Endorsements can be changed with the signature of the student and parents. The 4-year plan is reviewed with the student yearly through Ed Planning on Naviance.  

  • Classification Credit

     Students are classified according to the number of credits they have earned.  Classification will be determined at the beginning of each school year based on the number of credits the student has earned at that time.  

    Required classification credits are listed below:

    As a reminder, a grade of 70 is required to gain credit in all courses.  See EIA Regulation (Course Credit).  

    For students that enter 9th grade in 2014 - 2015 or after:

    A student who chooses to graduate under the Foundation High School Plan without an Endorsement must obtain approval from a committee that will consist of the student, parent or guardian, school counselor, and the campus principal or designee.  Students and parents will be given information concerning the advantages of graduating with at least one endorsement.  An agreement must be in writing and signed by each party.  

     

     

  • Benefits of graduating under the Foundation High School Plan with an Endorsement:

    College and Career Readiness
    Many colleges and universities minimally require the Foundation High School Plan with at least one endorsement for admission.  In addition, students ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating class from an accredited Texas Public high school are eligible for automatic admission to most Texas public universities if they have completed the Foundation Plan with an Endorsement and Distinguished Level of Achievement.  

    Recognition

    The Foundation High School Plan along with Distinguished designation, Performance Acknowledgements, and Endorsements will be affixed to the Academic Achievement Record (AAR), also known as the transcript.  

    Test Results

    Research suggests that students who take additional English, math, social studies, and science courses make higher scores on the SAT® or ACT® college entrance exams.  The foundation Plan with Endorsement Plan better prepares students for college testing.  

    Program Participation

    The Texas Scholars program allows students who participate and graduate to be eligible for Graduation Honors and to compete for certain scholarships.  Texas Scholars who qualify for financial assistance become eligible for a grant program passed by the Texas Legislature:  the Texas Grant program.  This may provide all tuition and fees for public colleges and universities in Texas; however, grant funds are administered on a first-come-first-served basis.  The Texas Scholars program requires students to graduate under the Foundation High School Plan with at least one endorsement.  

     

     

  • Distinguished Level of Achievement for Foundation Plan
    (REQUIRED FOR TOP 10%)

    All students on the Foundation Plan will start with plans for Distinguished Level of Achievement

    (Indicated on Transcript)

    • Successfully completing the requirements for the Foundation Plan; and
    • Successfully completing the requirements for at least one endorsement, and
    • 4 credits in science; and
    • 4 credits in mathematics including Algebra II
      (Parent signatures are required to opt-out of the Distinguished Plan)
  • Foundational Plan:  Additional Information concerning Language other than English

    If a student is completing the first credit in a language other than English, it demonstrates that the student is unlikely to be able to complete the second credit in the same language (not due to attendance or behavior), not due to attendance, a committee including the teacher of the language, parent or guardian, the student and an administration to counselor shall meet to determine the need for the student to substitute another appropriate course from the following list: 

    • Computer programming languages
    • A different language course

    Note:  Though Computer Programming is allowed under the Foundation Plan for Languages other than English, some universities require a foreign language.  Please contact your college or university for their requirements.  

  • Below is how you earn a CCMR point!  Are you ready?

    You can earn a point in several ways. Below is a table on how you can do this and be College, Career, and/or Military Ready.  

  • Before you decide how you will be, career, college, and or military ready, you will have to complete the following graduation requirements.  

English Language Arts Foundation and Endorsement Graduation Requirements
Math Foundation and Endorsement Graduation Requirements
Science Foundation and Endorsement Graduation Requirements
Social Studies Foundation and Endorsement Graduation Requirements
Languages Other Than English Foundation and Endorsement Graduation Requirements
Physical Education Foundation and Endorsement Graduation Requirements
Speech Foundational and Endorsement Graduation Requirements
Business Information Management (BIM) Foundation & Endorsement Graduation Requirement Class of 2026+
Fine Arts Foundation and Endorsement Graduation Requirements
Electives Foundation and Endorsement Graduation Requirements
Financial Aid Application Completion (Graduating Class of 2021-22 and Beyond)
Proper Interaction with Peace Officers Instruction
Total Credit Earn Foundation and without Foundation Endorsement
Rescue CPR Training
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  • Endorsements for the Foundation High School Plan:

    Endorsements will give you the ability to be prepared in the area that you are most interested in. 

    ¹Students may earn one or more endorsements as part of their high school diploma. An endorsement consists of a sequence of courses that are grouped together by interest or occupational skill. They provide students with in-depth knowledge of a subject area or a high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand occupation. Every career and technical education (CTE) Program of Study leads to an endorsement. Students earn an endorsement by completing four credits each in math and science, two additional elective credits, and the curriculum requirements for the endorsement. Students can choose from five endorsement areas, which include:

     Stem  STEM 
                                    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Do you get excited about building robots, making your own computer games or programs, or crunching numbers to
    make sure your fantasy football team is dialed? Does the thought of engineering sound cool? Do you do well in math and science classes? Then the STEM endorsement might be for you! Related careers include software developer, statistician, petroleum engineer, geoscientist, biochemist, and pharmacist.

     

           Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

    (a sequence of courses in one of the following areas or a combination of courses from no more than two areas)

    The Endorsement for the Foundation High School Plan for STEM is required in writing for all students entering 9th grade in 2014-15 or after.  Endorsement changes must be signed by the student and parents.  Also, a coherent sequence of courses for 4 or more credits in CTE that includes at least 2 courses in the same career cluster and at least one advanced CTE course (3rd or 4th level of a sequence).  

    Must Include:

    • Algebra II
    • Chemistry 
    • Physics or Principles of Technology

    Endorsement Options:

    • Engineering: Project Lead the Way
    • Electronics/ Energy Tech
    • Computer Science
    • Robotics
    • Biomedical Sci (PHS only)
    • 3 credits in Math, including Algebra II and 2 additional Math, for which Algebra II is a prerequisite (Total of 5 Math credits)
    • 4 credits in Science including Chemistry, Physics, and 2 additional approved sciences (Total of 5 Science credits)

     Business Business and Industry
                                   Do you get excited about starting your own business or playing the stock market? Want to work on construction sites or build websites and IT networks? Does the thought of being a CEO or manager sound cool? Then the Business and Industry endorsement might be for you! Career options include medical administrative assistant, event
    planner, construction manager, airline pilot, and financial manager.

    Business and Industry

    (a sequence of courses in one of the following areas or a combination of courses from no more than two areas)

    The Endorsement for the Foundation High School Plan for Business and Industry is required in writing for all students entering 9th grade in 2014-15 or after.  Endorsement changes must be signed by the student and parents.  Also, a coherent sequence of courses for 4 or more credits in CTE that includes at least 2 courses in the same career cluster and at least one advanced CTE course (3rd or 4th level of a sequence).

    Endorsement CTE Options (Final Course must be from one of the following CTE Clusters).  The final course cannot be Career Prep; however, Career Prep may be taken with the CTE course. 
                       
    • Agriculture, food, and natural resources 
       Horticulture and Landscape
       Animal Science
       Veterinary Tech
    • Architecture and construction   
       Construction
       HVAC
       Plumbing                    
    • Arts, audio-video technology, and communications   
      3-D Animation
       Audio & Video Production
      Graphic Communication            
      Fashion Design
    • Business management and administration
      Business Management
      Accounting
      Business Finance
      Office Administration Assistant    
    • Hospitality and tourism   
       Culinary Arts
       Hotel and Resort Management 

    • Information technology
       Internetworking Technology - CISCO                 
    • Manufacturing
       Welding
       Occupational Safety & Environmental Tech - OSET                                                
    • Transportation, distribution, and logistics       
       Automotive Technology
       Automotive Collision and Repair
       Diesel


    Public Service Public Service

    Are you excited about helping others or making the world a better place?  Want to serve your country or be a police officer?  Do you love to teach or work with children?  The Public Service endorsement might be for you!  Career options include registered nurse, paralegal, emergency management director, teacher, human resources specialist, and marriage and family therapist.  

    Public Service

    (A sequence of courses in one of the following areas)

    The Endorsement for the Foundation High School Plan for Public Service is required in writing for all students entering 9th grade in 2014-15 or after.  Endorsement changes must be signed by the student and parents.  Also, a coherent sequence of courses for 4 or more credits in CTE that includes at least 2 courses in the same career cluster and at least one advanced CTE course (3rd or 4th level of a sequence).   

    Endorsement choices (Final Course must be from one of the following CTE career clusters):

          
    • Education and Training
         Teaching and Instruction
         Early Childhood
    • Human services
         Cosmetology
    • Health Science
          General Health Science
          Pharmacy Technician
          Certified Nursing Assistant
          Licensed Vocational Nure
          Medical Assistant
          Dental Assistant
    • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
          Fire Academy
          Emergency Medical Technician
          Criminal Justice
          Forensics
          Paralegal
          4 courses in Junior Reserve Officer Training (JROTC)


    Arts  Arts and Humanities

    Do you get excited about learning a new language?  Do you dig studying the past and considering how it might impact the future?  Do you follow what's going on in the world around you?  Do you dream about being on stage or behind the scenes in a school play?   Then the Arts and Humanities endorsement might be for you!  Career options include political scientist, art director, economist, lawyer, choreographer, and translator. 

    Arts and Humanities

    (one of the following)

    The Endorsement for the Foundation High School Plan for Arts and Humanities is required in writing for all students entering 9th grade in 2014-15 or after.  Endorsement changes must be signed by the student and parents.  Also, with permission, 4th Science may be substituted by ELA, Social Studies, and Language other than English or Fine Arts.  

    Endorsement Choices

    • 5 Social Studies from the selected list  
    • 4 levels of the same language other than English
    • 2 levels of two different languages
    • A coherent sequence of 4 credits from one or two categories or disciplines in fine arts (music, dance, art, theatre). This may include 4 credits from one fine art category or two from two different categories.  
    • 4 English elective credits by selecting from the following areas:

            English IV
            Independent Study in English

            Creative Writing
            Humanities
            AP English Literature & Composition
            IB Language Studies at Higher Level 
            

      MultidisciplinaryMultidisciplinary Studies

    If you have too many interests to pick just one endorsement, or you’re still deciding what your future might look like, then the Multidisciplinary Studies endorsement might be for you! It will help you graduate as a well-rounded student, ready to go in whatever direction you want. Career options related to this endorsement include psychologist, security screener, and even CEO! 

    Multidisciplinary Studies

    (one of the following)

    • Four advanced courses that prepare a student to enter the workforce successfully or post-secondary education without remediation from within one endorsement area or among endorsement areas that are not in a coherent sequence ( Please see the list below); or 
    • Four credits in each foundation subject area, including chemistry and/or physics and English IV; or 
    • Four credits in advanced placement (AP),  or International Baccalaureate or Dual Credit from English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Economics, Languages or then English or Fine Arts.    

     


     

  • What is the plan?  

    You have some decisions to make now.  What is it that you are interested in, what are your skills, what is your passion, and what is it that you would enjoy doing for the rest of your life? 

    Your choices will place you on the path to your future, either postsecondary education and/ or a career.  

  • Which path will you choose?  

    Which path will you choose: college, career, or military  (Click to find more information.)

     

    College    Career    Military