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Recommended High School Program

The Recommended High School Program (RHSP) offers courses that give you the best opportunities to succeed in technical school, community college or a four-year university in Texas. The RHSP is the default curriculum for Texas public high school students.

The Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) goes beyond the RHSP. For more information, see the "Distinguished Achievement Program" page on this site. 

You may be eligible for a TEXAS Grant to help pay college expenses if you complete either program (the DAP or the RHSP) and demonstrate financial need.

Courses & Credits that Fulfill the RHSP

Please check with your counselor on the availability of courses.

  • English, Language Arts - 4 credits (English I, II, III, IV)
  • Mathematics - 4 credits
    (Must include Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry. You may select the fourth required credit from a list of state-approved mathematics courses.)
  • Science - 4 credits
    (These might include Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Principles of Technology I.)
  • Social Studies - 4 credits
    (Courses will be World History, World Geography, U.S. History since Reconstruction and two .5 credit courses, U.S. Government and Economics.)
  • Language other than English - 2 credits
    (Must take courses in the same language.)
  • Physical Education - 1 credit
  • Fine Arts - 1 credit
  • Speech - .5 credit
  • Electives - 5.5 credits
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