An endorsement is a set of courses that allows a student to learn more about a particular area of interest. Students are required to complete a certain number of courses to earn credit towards their endorsement. Often times, these courses will be counted as an elective for the purpose of the student's graduation requirements.

House Bill 5 passed by the Texas Legislature during the 2013-2014 school year requires school districts to provide instruction to learners in grades seven or eight in preparing for high school, college, and career. CISD’s iExplore course (required for all CISD 7th grade students) is designed to provide learners the opportunity to explore their personal passions, complete career interest inventories, and research colleges of their choice. Additionally, learners are guided in the use of Naviance, a website for learners and families to access online resources, communicate with school staff, and work on college and career readiness activities.

All incoming ninth-graders must select an endorsement based on their career interests and goals to complete the required credits for graduation.


The five Endorsements students may choose from are:

Business and Industry

Public Service


Arts and Humanities


Career and Technical Education (CTE)
in CISD empower learners to explore  their passions, plan for post-secondary  opportunities, and impact the world. 
Three of the five Endorsements offered at CHS are in the CTE areas.

To learn more about CISD Career & Technical Education