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Sophomore to Juniors. Presented by RVHS Guidance Department. Course Requirements. A minimum of 29 credits are required for graduation: R equired subjects are - 4 - E nglish 4 - M athematics 4 - S cience 4 - S ocial S tudies 2 - F oreign L anguage

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Sophomore to juniors

Sophomore to Juniors

Presented by RVHS Guidance Department

Course requirements
Course Requirements

A minimum of 29 credits are required for graduation:

Required subjects are -

  • 4 - English

  • 4 - Mathematics

  • 4 - Science

  • 4 - Social Studies

  • 2 - Foreign Language

  • 1.5 - Physical Education, Athletics, or Marching Band

  • .5 – Health or Touch System Data Entry

  • .5 - Speech

  • 1 – Technology

  • 1 – Fine Arts (Theater, Art, or Band)

  • 6.5 - Electives


Each college you apply to will require an official high school transcript

To have a transcript sent, bring a self addressed, stamped envelope to the counselor’s office

Please allow three days for transcripts to be mailed

If you are requesting to pick up a copy of your transcript, you will need fill out a transcript request form and pay $1.00

The facts

Average Annual Earnings for College Graduates and Non-Graduates

Where do I begin?

You have choices

Continue your education:

4 year college

2 year college

2-4 year technical school

Go right to work:

Job training programs

Military Service:



Air force


“What am I going to do after high school?”

You Have Choices!

Exploring college options
Exploring College Options

Begin researching college choices by referring to college planning websites and publications:


Visit College Corner at RVHS

Ask counselor for guidance

How do i pick a college that s right for me
How do I pick a college that’s right for me?

Consider . . .

  • Admission requirements

  • ACT and SAT scores

  • Size of campus

  • Campus life and activities

  • Geographic location

  • Types of majors

  • Financial costs

  • Percent of financial aid awarded

  • Housing availability

Obtaining college information
Obtaining College Information

Step 1 – visit the school’s web site

Step 2 – attend college fairs

Step 3 – schedule a campus visit to the admissions office

Step 4 – tour the school

Step 5 – attend a welcome weekend with other potential students

Step 6 – keep a comparison checklist

College admissions
College Admissions

Social Media Awareness

On-line Tips:

Have an appropriate email address

Make your voice mail message simple and appropriate

Do not let your friends answer your phone

Profiles should be completely private

Tweet cautiously

Google yourself and see what pops up

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College Admissions

Social Media Awareness

  • Disengage from any group that can be viewed as negative

  • Only post photos of you with family and friends having “clean” fun

    • Avoid pictures that can be associated with drinking and/or drug use

    • Pay attention to your manner of dress in the pictures

College admission exams
College Admission Exams

The best time to take the ACT or SAT is at the end of your Junior year. You have the advantage of the full junior year of instruction. If you want or need to retest to improve your score, you can do so in the fall semester of your senior year.

College admission exams which test act or sat
College Admission ExamsWhich test…ACT? Or SAT?

Both are acceptable at most colleges

ACT is 20% math with reading, writing, science, and social studies

SAT is 33% math with writing and reading

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College Admission Exams



Fee waivers are available to eligible students.

See Mrs. Angeley for waiver.

You will need the Rio School code to register.

Rio Vista High School Code: 445-880

Options other than college
Options other than college

  • Community College

  • Vocational/Career Schools

  • Trade Programs

  • Apprenticeships

  • Armed Services

Community College

  • Variety of programs

  • Associate degrees – 2 years

  • Transfer to 4 year as a junior

  • Vocational programs

  • Lower costs

  • Admissions criteria

    -HS grad or 18 years old

    - SAT’s may not be required

    - assessment tests in Math and English forclass placement

  • Simple application process - apply before March for priority

Military service
Military Service

  • What are my options?

    • Army

    • Air Force

    • Reserves/Guard

    • Navy

    • Marines

  • Where can I find more information?

    • Military recruiters

    • On-line information

  • Do I need to take any tests?

    • ASVAB

Employment right after high school…

  • Create a Career Timeline

    • Where do I see myself in 3-5 years

  • List my abilities & interest

  • Consider options

    • What can I realistically do

  • Visit a vocational center

    • Career Link

  • Create a portfolio of resumes, writing samples and work skills

  • Focus on a specific career path

What skills are employers looking for?

  • Communication

  • Organization

  • Problem Solving

  • Sensitivity

  • Judgment

  • Concentration

  • Cooperation

  • Honesty

  • Initiative

  • Willingness to learn

  • Dependability

  • Enthusiasm

  • Acceptance of criticism

  • Ability to work in team

  • Loyalty

  • Time management

Dual credit
Dual Credit

Be classified as a junior or senior

Not failed any classes the previous semester

Attend a dual credit meeting along with a parent or guardian

Meet the college’s requirements for admission

Apply through the counselor’s office

Satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements

Dual credit texas success initiative tsi
Dual CreditTexas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative is a state law designed to ensure that each student taking college level academic coursework is “college ready.” A student who plans to enroll in both high school and college courses at the same time must prove “college readiness” according to the guidelines in the law. According to the law, a student may show “college readiness” by meeting one of these exemptions:

Tsi cont
TSI cont.


Reading Comprehension-78

Elementary Algebra-63

Written Essay-6 or [written essay-5 AND Sentence Structure-80]


a combined verbal (critical reading) and mathematics scored of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on both the verbal (critical reading) and the mathematics tests


composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on both the English and the mathematics tests

Cte clusters
CTE Clusters

Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives high school students, like you, the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. In CTE programs you will learn how core school subjects like math, science and writing are used in real-life.

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CTE Clusters

As a CTE student you have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in your chosen program and gain real world experience through job shadows and internships. Many programs offer you the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications which you can use to get a job to pay for college or as the start of your career!

Health science example
Health Science(example)

10th grade:

Principles of Health Science / Medical Terminology

11th grade:

Health Science

12th grade:

Pharmacy Tech (possible certification)

Human services example
Human Services(example)

9th grade:

Principles of Human Services / Hospitality Tourism

10th grade:

Child Development

11th grade:

Child Guidance

12th grade:

Career Prep

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Human Services(example)

9th Grade:

Principles of Human Services / Hospitality Tourism

10th Grade:

Lifetime Nutrition

11th Grade:

Culinary Arts

12th Grade

Career Prep

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Human Services(example)

9th Grade:

Principles of Human Services / Hospitality Tourism

10th Grade:

Travel & Tourism Management

11th Grade:

Hospitality Services

12th Grade:

Career Prep

Agriculture example

9th or 10th Grade:

Principles of Agriculture

10th or 12th Grade:

Livestock Production

11th or 12th Grade:

Advanced Animal Science

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9th or 10th Grade:

Principles of Agriculture

9th or 10th Grade:

Art I

11th or 12th Grade:

Floral Design (possible TSFA Certification)

Agriculture example2

9th Grade

Principles of Agriculture

10th Grade

Mechanics & Metals Technology

11th Grade

Design & Fabrication and/or Hill College (auto tech or welding)

12th Grade

Career Prep or Hill College (auto tech or welding)

Technology example

9th Grade

Business Information Management

10th Grade

Web Technology

11th Grade


12th Grade

Career Prep or Advanced Animation

Course selection
Course Selection

It’s time to chose your classes for next year

You need to know
You need to know…

BE SURE TO CHOOSE COURSES CAREFULLY! Not much room for movement next year.

We design the Master Schedule based on the courses you are choosing right now! We will ask you to honor those choices.

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Course Selection


  • English III

  • Dual Credit English


  • Algebra II

  • Pre Cal

  • College Algebra / College Pre Cal


  • Principles of Physics (if math grade is 75 or below)

  • Physics

  • Honors Physics (math & chem grades 85 or better)

    Social Studies

  • US History

  • Dual Credit US History

Course selection2
Course Selection

Foreign Language

(2 credits for graduation)

  • Spanish I

  • Spanish II


    (summer project required)

  • Spanish III

  • Spanish IV

  • Spanish V

PE or Athletics

(1 ½ credits for graduation)

Fine Arts

(1 credit for graduation)

  • Art I

  • Drawing

  • Painting

  • Ceramics

  • Marching Band

  • Band Ensemble

  • Theater

Course selection3
Course Selection

College/ACT/SAT Prep

(1/2 credit)

This elective course is designed to improve and refine reading skills in order to meet the demands of extensive reading requirements, especially at the college level. The course emphasis is on the improvement of vocabulary, comprehension, and reading rate, as well as preparation for the college entrance examinations such as the SAT and ACT. Special attention is given to the critical reading skills, including analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Students will also research colleges and learn about the application and scholarship process.

Need both for graduation:

  • Speech (1/2 credit)

  • Touch System Data Entry (replaces Health credit) (1/2 credit)

Course selection4
Course Selection

Sociology or Dual Credit Sociology (1/2 credit)

This course examines group relationships, including both the impact of the individual in each of the many groups of which he/she is part and the impact of those groups on the individual. The course combines personal interactions with the scientific study of group relationships.

Psychology or Dual Credit Psychology (1/2 credit)

This course combines the scientific study of human behavior and development with the personal focus on individual behavior.

Course selection5
Course Selection

Floral Design

Certification Preparation: Floral Certification

  • Students will create and analyze floral designs and develop an understanding of the management of floral enterprises. Activities may include: designing Homecoming mums and holiday and special occasion arrangements using fresh and silk flowers.

  • Lab Fee est.$75-100, plus $100 testing fee to Texas State Florists Association

  • Prerequisite: Art I, Principles of Ag, or Teacher Approval

Yearbook (1 credit)

  • Must apply

  • Mrs. Gregg’s approval

    Independent Reading

    (1/2 or 1 credit)

  • Students will read books independently that interest them.

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Course Selection

Principles of Health Science (1/2 credit)

This is an introduction course for the Health Sciences which includes understanding the various careers in health care, and the process in obtaining the appropriate education to succeed. This course includes skills related to the health care industry such as taking vital signs, body mechanics, medical terminology, CPR and other entry level skills. Course content relates to patient relationships, working environments, ethical and legal responsibilities

Medical Terminology

(1/2 credit)

Students will achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to medical procedures, human anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology. This course is designed to introduce students to the structure of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, and singular and plural forms, plus medical abbreviations and acronyms.

Prerequisite: Principles of Health Science

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Course Selection

Principles of Agriculture (1 credit)

Prerequisite: none

Ag Mechanic Metals

(1 credit)

Prerequisite: Principles of Ag

Ag Design and Fabrication (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Mechanic Metals

Livestock Production

(1 credit)

Prerequisite: Principles of Ag

Advanced Animal Science

(1 credit)

(will count as 4th science credit)

Prerequisite: 3 science credits & Livestock production

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Course Selection

  • Principles of Hospitality Tourism (1/2 credit)

  • More jobs exist in the private sector in the hospitality and tourism industry than any other area of employment.

  • This course is a prerequisite for specialized courses in this multifaceted industry that includes lodging, travel, tourism, recreation, amusements, attractions, resorts, and restaurant/food beverage services. Objectives include the study of liabilities in the industry, environmental issues such as recycling and saving energy, the duties and responsibilities within operational departments, the identification of local and regional tourism issues, the phenomenon of customer service, and the use of technology applications needed to manage operations and guest services. Prerequisite: none

  • Principles of Human Service (1/2 credit)

  • This course will enable students to investigate career in the human services career cluster, including counseling and mental health, early childhood development, family and community, and personal care services. Units of study will include but are not limited to: nutrition, food preparation, child development decision making, goal setting, career planning, clothing repair and selection

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Course Selection

Child Development

(1 credit)

This course addresses knowledge and skills related to child growth and development from prenatal through school-age children. Students will become equipped with child development knowledge that can be used to promote the well-being and healthy development of children and investigate careers related to the care and education of children.

  • Prerequisite: Principles of Human Service

Child Guidance

(1 credit)

Students will develop positive relationships and effective caregiver skills with children. They will use these skills to promote the well-being and healthy development of children, strengthen a culturally diverse society, and pursue careers related to the care, guidance, and education of children, including those with special needs.

  • Prerequisite: Child Development

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Course Selection

Lifetime Nutrition

(1 credit)

This course allows students to use principles of lifetime wellness and nutrition to help them make informed choices that promote wellness as well as pursue careers related to hospitality and tourism, education and training, human services, and health sciences. Students will be able to classify nutrients, their functions, and food sources, prepare nutritionally balanced meals, and understand the process of metabolism and how to make proper food choices.

  • Prerequisite: Principles of Human Service

Culinary Arts (1 credit)

This course is dedicated to providing students a working knowledge of classical culinary techniques through lecture, hands-on experience, and projects. The students will learn the basic skills needed for a career in the food service industry. Units in sanitation, hot food production, meat identification and fabrication, pantry, breakfast cookery, purchasing, basic culinary skills, basic baking and pastries, and table service are offered. In addition, students operate a restaurant and catering business that gives them experiences in menu selection, meal preparation, and management. (Lab fee for this course. Amount based on number of enrolled students)

  • Prerequisite: Principles of Human Service or Lifetime Nutrition

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Course Selection

Touch System Data Entry (1/2 credit)

The Touch System Data Entry course provides students the opportunity to improve their speed and accuracy on the keyboard. In addition, the course focuses on document formatting skills applicable in many personal, educational, and workplace settings. With an ever increasing focus on technology, these skills are valuable for all students.

Prerequisite: none

BIM (1 credit)

Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create word-processing documents, develop spreadsheets, formulate databases and make electronic presentations

Prerequisite: none

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Course Selection

Desktop Publishing – Newspaper

(1 credit)

In addition to the elements described in Advanced Journalism, students will use a variety of computer technology and equipment for newspaper publication. Scanning and storage devices will be used. Students will become proficient at various desktop publishing software systems. An overview of ethics and law of computer generated products will also be presented.

Prerequisite: BIM

Web Technologies I (1 credit)

Students will learn how to design, create, and maintain web pages. Projects will incorporate tools such as HTML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash, Fireworks, digital cameras, and scanners. The emphasis will be on utilizing the features in Adobe Dreamweaver included in the corresponding industry-recognized certification. The goal of providing this training (and potential certification) is to assist students in becoming more marketable and desirable in the workplace.

Prerequisite: BIM

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Course Selection

Animation (1 credit)

This course allows students to create animation projects using principles of design to combine graphics, images

and sound. A variety of techniques will be explored, including storyboarding, scripting/programming, interactivity, flip books, claymation, and rendering. The emphasis will be on utilizing the features in Adobe Flash included in the corresponding industry-recognized certification. The goal of providing this training (and

potential certification) is to assist students in becoming more marketable and desirable in the workplace.

Prerequisite: Web Technologies

Career Preparation (3 credits)

Students receive general employability skills as a group and individual training that will address their job specific knowledge and skills. Curriculum is designed to enhance communication and interpersonal skills. Student must meet requirements outlined in the contract that is signed by the student, parent, employer and teacher. Students are required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week at an approved training site.

Must be 16 years of age, have personal transportation, and an approved job

Students must leave campus after career prep class

Prerequisite: none

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Course Selection

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