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Endorsements and Programs of Study for Graduation Plans
In 2013, House Bill 5, passed by the Texas Legislature, made substantial changes to the state's curriculum and graduation requirements, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, each high school student will graduate on a Foundation High School Program with an Endorsement.


Students may earn Endorsements in one of five areas:

  1. Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)
  2. Business & Industry
  3. Public Service
  4. Arts & Humanities
  5. Multidisciplinary Studies.

Within each Endorsement, students will find different Programs of Study (POS) from which to choose. Each student must also complete a Career Plan developed with the help of their parents and school guidance to promote College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR). Students are allowed to change their Endorsement and/or Program of Study, but parents must be notified of any changes.

Several CTE courses are Articulated with Paris Junior College. Students taking SSHS courses that are Articulated can earn FREE college credit. To receive credit, the student must satisfy the following requirements:1) meet all college admission requirements; 2) graduate HS on the Foundation High School Plan with an Endorsement; 3) select an approved college AAS or Certificate Degree Plan; 4) complete the HS articulated course with a minimum grade of 80; 5) complete 12 semester hours of credit (can be dual credit/concurrent credit coursework taken in HS); 6) request the college credit for articulated courses within 15 months from the date of HS graduation. Articulated CTE courses and relevant PJC Certificate/AAS programs can be found in the last column of the Programs of Study by Career Cluster for SSHS table below.

Click here for a downloadable Articulation Information Sheet

Our full Endorsement/Program of Study Guide can be found using the link below: 

SSHS 2021-2022 Endorsements & Programs of Study Guide

Programs of Study by Career Cluster for SSHS

Career Cluster Endorsement Program of Study (POS) Industry Based Certification (IBC) POS Video PJC College Articulated CTE Courses & Certificate/AAS Pathways

Business & Industry or STEM


Animal Science Certified Veterinarian Assistant SSHS Animal Science POS 
Business & Industry or STEM  Applied Agricultural Engineering (Welding) AWS D1.1/D9.1 SSHS Applied Agricultural Engineering (Welding) POS

Ag Mechanics (WLDG 1307)

Ag Equip Design (WLDG 1313)

PJC Certificate: Structural Steel Welding (18 SCH)

Business & Industry or STEM Plant Science TSFA Floral Level 1 SSHS Plant Science POS 

Business & Industry or STEM Architectural Design Autodesk Certified User in AutoCAD SSHS Architectural Design POS

Architectural Design I  (DFTG 1309)

Architectural Design II (DFTG 1305)

PJC Certificate: 3D Prototyping (27 SCH)

PJC Certificate: CAD Technician (36 SCH)

Business & Industry Carpentry OSHA 30 Hour Construction SSHS Carpentry POS

Business & Industry Digital Communications Adobe Certified Associate Premiere Pro SSHS Digital Communications POS
Business & Industry Design and Multimedia Arts Adobe Certified Associate Photoshop or Illustrator SSHS Design & Multimedia Arts POS

Business & Industry Accounting and Financial Services QuickBooks Certified User SSHS Accounting & Financial Services POS

Accounting I (ACNT 1311)

Accounting II (ACNT 1303)

BIM I & BIM II  (ITSC 1309)

PJC Certificate: Business Management (42 SCH)

Entrepren. (BUSG 2309)

PJC Certificate: Entrepreneur-ship (18 SCH)

Business & Industry Business Management Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel or Word SSHS Entrepren. & Business Mgt. POS
Business & Industry Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship and Small Business SSHS Entrepren. & Business Mgt. POS
Public Service
Teaching and Training Educational Aide I SSHS Teaching & Training POS
Public Service or STEM Exercise Science and Wellness Certified Personal Trainer SSHS Exercise Science & Wellness POS

Medical Terminology (HITT 1305)

Anatomy & Physiology (MDCA 1309)

PJC Certificate: Enhanced Nurse Aide I (CNA) (16 SCH)


Public Service or STEM Healthcare Diagnostics Phlebotomy Technician SSHS Healthcare Diagnostics POS
Public Service or STEM Healthcare Therapeutics Certified Medical Assistant SSHS Healthcare Therapeutics POS
Public Service or STEM Nursing Science Certified Nurse Aide SSHS Healthcare Therapeutics POS
Business and Industry Culinary Arts ServSafe Manager SSHS Culinary Arts POS
Public Service Family and Community Services Certified Associate in Project Management SSHS Family & Community Services POS
Business and Industry or STEM Information Technology Support and Services

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Windows Operating System Fundaments or

Comp TIA A+

SSHS IT Support & Services POS
Public Service Emergency Services Basic Structure Fire Protection Certification or Emergency Medical Technician-Basic SSHS Emergency Services POS PJC Certificate: EMT Basic (16 SCH)
Public Service Law Enforcement TBD SSHS Law Enforcement POS

Law Enforcement I (CRIJ 1301)

PJC AAS Degree: Criminal Justice (60 SCH)


Business and Industry or STEM Advanced Manufacturing and Machinery Mechanics (Robotics) FANUC Robot Operator I SSHS Advanced Manuf. & Machinery Mechanics (Robotics) POS

Robotics II (RBTC 1351)

PJC Certificate: Mechatronics (30 SCH)

Business and Industry or STEM Programming and Software Development MTA Introduction to Programming using JAVA
Business and Industry Automotive Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry Level SSHS Automotive POS



Arts & Humanities Art Art POS Video
Arts & Humanities Dance Dance POS
Arts & Humanities Foreign Language - French
Arts & Humanities Foreign Language - Spanish
Arts & Humanities Foreign Language - French & Spanish
Arts & Humanities Music Instrumental (Band) Band POS
Arts & Humanities Music Vocal (Choir) Choir POS
Arts & Humanities Social Studies
Arts & Humanities Theatre Arts Theatre Arts POS

Our Mission

The mission of the Sulphur Springs Independent School District is to provide students with the skills that will prepare them to adapt and excel in a fast-changing world, enabling them to lead productive lives. The district shares with parents and the community the responsibility of promoting high standards and expectations as we provide opportunities for all students within our diverse community to attain personal growth and to become lifelong learners.


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