The Novus Academy High School

Our course requirements for earning a high school diploma are divided into three programs. They include the minimum, recommended, and achievement high school programs.

Quest Program

The Texas minimum high school program, which only requires 22 credits, is available for students who are struggling to complete the recommended requirements. Students participating in the Quest program may have cognitive deficits and or learning differences that would prevent them from successfully completing the requirements of the Excel or Transcend programs. Some credit requirements are the same as the Excel or Transcend programs, while others differ slightly; for example, the fourth English language arts course must emphasize practical or professional writing skills. The rest of the curriculum requires a different amount of credits, as distributed below:

Excel Program

The Excel program offers the typical diploma path for most students in the state of Texas. Students participating in the Excel program may have cognitive abilities within average to above average ranges, with or without learning differences.  It requires 26 credits to graduate. Certain courses must be taken, and they include:

Transcend Program

The Transcend Program follows the Texas distinguished diploma guidelines. This program is ideal for students who have consistently demonstrated strong academic performance and plan to attend competitive colleges and universities. Like the Excel program, this curriculum involves a minimum of 26 credits. All of the requirements are the same except for the following:
In addition to the course requirements, advanced students must complete at least four advanced measures that demonstrate their performance on college or professional levels. One option involves completing advanced technical credit courses or college academic credit courses. Another one requires the student to conduct an original research project supervised by a mentor or reviewed by a committee in the field of interest. Otherwise, students need to receive high scores on such tests as the College Board advanced placement exam or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Additional Opportunities

Central to the philosophy, The Novus Academy is committed to the education of the whole person. Students are given the opportunity to be involved in programs such as: Model UN, Student Council, Debate, Madrigal one-act play, and community service.