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Graduation plans

Planning to attend college can not begin to early. A solid foundation throughout elementary and middle school is important for planning high school courses and college readiness. 

The high school curriculum is built with college in mind. Huckabay recommends the following coursework in high school:

Core Courses

English – 4 credits Mathematics – 4 credits
Social Studies – 3 ½ credits  Science – 4 credits
PE – 1 ½ credit Health – ½ credit
Communication Applications – ½ credit Technology Applications – 1 credit
Fine Arts – 1 credit Economics/Free Enterprise – ½ credit
Spanish – 2 or 3 credits Electives: Recommended Program – 3 ½ credits
Electives: Distinguished Achievement Program – 2 ½ credits + 4 advanced measures (test data/ college hours)

State Graduation Requirements

Dual Credit/Enrollment

One way to earn college credit is by taking dual credit courses. Huckabay High School currently offers dual credit courses through Weatherford College and Ranger College.

A second way to earn college credit is through ACT or SAT testing. Colleges award credit based on test scores. Students should check with the college/university about awarding credit.

Automatic Admission

The highest ranking graduate at each Texas public high school receives a certificate from the Texas Education Agency that can be used as a scholarship to cover tuition costs at any Texas public college or university.

Students ranked in the to 10 percent of their graduating class from an accredited public or private Texas high school are eligible for automatic admission to any Texas public university.

Graduation Checklist

  • Keep track of your high school credits to be sure you will meet all local and state requirements by the end of your senior year
  • Consider taking dual enrollment/college courses to earn college credit while still in high school
  • Begin keeping a list of the awards and honors you receive (handy for scholarship applications) as well as extracurricular activities
  • During your sophomore year, begin researching the universities or colleges you are interested in attending – check what prerequisites are required for admittance and any timelines required for applications
  • Explore your interests and take advantage of College/Career Day opportunities
  • If possible, take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in your sophomore year for practice, but in your junior year, take the PSAT for eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Students who take the PSAT tend to score higher on the SAT than those who do not.
  • Check with your advisor’s office to learn about available scholarships. Be sure to begin applying early and for as many scholarships as possible. Do not limit yourself just to local scholarships
  • Preferably in your junior year, sign up and take the ACT and/or SAT test, but no later than the fall of your senior year