Magnolia ISD adds course options for 2017-18

Ahead of the 2017-18 academic year, Magnolia ISD is developing its science and math course offerings to give students more class options under a new graduationTOM-2017-3-17-1 plan system established by the Texas Legislature.

House Bill 5—passed by the 2013 Legislature—outlined the Foundation High School Program, which has served as the standard graduation plan for all students entering high school since the 2014-15 academic year.

“This year’s juniors are the first ones who will graduate under the new graduation plan system,” said Anita Hebert, MISD assistant superintendent of curriculum, at a Feb. 13 school board meeting. “We’ve been planning for it since these students entered their ninth grade year. It provides for a lot more flexibility in their graduation plan, especially [in] their fourth year.”

Each student will graduate with an endorsement, or specialty area. MISD offers endorsements in multidisciplinary studies; science, technology, engineering and math; arts and humanities; business and industry; and public service.

To provide more class options, Hebert said MISD has worked to develop additional science classes throughout the last three years, specifically relating to computer science. A high-school level robotics course is planned for next year as well.

Additionally, MISD–in collaboration with Lone Star College System—will add a dual-credit algebra class in which students receive both high school and college credit.

“We’re working on our course catalogs, [and] students are getting ready for course selection,” Hebert said. “We feel like we’re going to get a lot more students with that first leg into university life.”
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.