Middle School Requirements

7th Grade Required Courses

  • Language Arts 7
  • Mathematics 7 or Pre-Algebra (placement based on math skills assessment)
  • Earth Science
  • Texas History
  • Introduction to Fine Arts
  • Physical Education

8th Grade Requirement Courses

  • Language Arts 8
  • Transition to Algebra or Algebra I (placement by teacher recommendation)
  • Physical Science
  • World Geography
  • Technology Literacy
  • Introduction to Latin
  • Physical Education
  • Students may elect to take a music course or they may take a study mod during the 7th and 8th Grade years.

High School Requirements

Students must earn 24 credits.

  • English – 4 credits
  • Mathematics – 4 credits (must include Geometry and Algebra II)
  • Computer and Technology – 1 credit
  • Science – 4 credits (must include Biology I and Chemistry I)
  • Social Science – 4 credits (must include World History, U.S. History, Government/Eco)
  • Foreign Language – 2 credits (must be from the same foreign language)
  • Fine Arts – 1 credit
  • Speech – 1/2 credit
  • College Prep Seminar – 1 credit
  • Physical Education – 1.5 credits
  • Electives – 2  credits
  • Any core curriculum course taken beyond the graduation requirements counts as an elective.

The following courses can also count as electives:

  • Dual credit courses such as Psychology and Sociology
  • Journalism – Yearbook – Drama – Art – Strings – Creative Writing

These requirements represent the minimum qualifications for graduation. Most Vanguard students take more than the minimum, and they are encouraged to do so.

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