• Earning Additional Credits

    Watson High School


    Understanding Grades & Credits
    Official copy of a student’s educational record. It includes all courses, grades, GPA, & class rank.  Students may obtain a copy of their transcript to be sent to colleges or other institutions by completing a request on parchment.com. 
    Class Rank
    Academic standing of a student in relation to other members in the class. 1st in class has the highest grade point average in the class.
    Grade Point Average (GPA)
    The average of all high school courses taken for state credit.  The GPA is calculated using a 100 point scale with Pre-AP and AP courses weighted by adding points.

    Credits Earned 

    Credits are earned for successful completion of a course.  Each semester of a course earns .5 credits.  Grade level promotion is dependent on the number of credits earned.  Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, semester grades are averaged for a final grade.  Credits may be earned based on the average grade for the year.

    Grade Level Classification



    0-5.0 credits


    5.5-11.5- credits


    12-18.5 credits


    19 Plus credits

    Credits Denied
    Texas state law requires that a student be in attendance for 90% of the time to receive credit for a course. If the student misses more than 10% of the class time, he or she will be denied credit for the course regardless of the grade earned (an asterisk will appear next to the semester grade). The student must appeal to the Attendance Committee to inquire what can be done to restore credit for the course.  Please see your House Principal regarding attendance issues.
    Graduation Requirements
    Students are required to have a specific number of specific courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

    Earning Additional Credit
    Additional credits may be earned in a variety of ways either for advancement or original credit (a course you haven't taken before) or if you need to retake a course you have taken but did not earn credit for.
    Correspondence or On-Line Courses– Apply online. Take course from home, and have up to 6 months to complete.  You will take your final exam under the supervision of a proctor. Grades will be mailed to you and SHS.  Cost - $190 per .5 credit plus cost of books.  You must complete paperwork with your counselor prior to registering for a course for SHS credit to be awarded.
    Credit by Exam- Can be taken for classes that were previously failed or for original credit.  Exams are taken at SHS in your counselor's office.  Cost - $50 per .5 credit.  See your counselor for more information.  The district offers summer test dates.  See the Districe CBE page for more information.
    Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN)- These high school courses may be taken online. Costs vary.
    Summer SchoolStudents can take classes in EMS-ISD or any other school district summer school. Costs vary.  Applications and information will be available in April or May of each year. 
    Capture– Self-paced, computer-based credit recovery courses at Saginaw High School before school.  Seniors may take Success Lab during the school day with counselor approval as space allows.  There is no cost for Success Lab.  Not all classes are eligible for repeating  in Success Lab.  Discuss this option and complete an application with your counselor. 
    Dual Credit- Classes that earn both high school and college credits can be taken outside of the school day to earn additional credits.  Students must meet specific eligibility requirements.
    Please see your counselor for allowed courses.  See the College and Career Readiness Specialist for specific paperwork, and deadlines.
    TCC classes may be taken on a TCC campus or online (if offered).

    Watson High School
    Watson High School is an alternative education program that fits the educational needs of a variety of students, especially students who are behind in credits.  Talk to your counselor to see if Watson is a good fit for you.


    Dual Credit

    Students who are approved for Dual Credit earn both high school and college credit for a particular course completed successfully before graduation from high school. Students in dual credit courses are enrolled in Tarrant County College.

    Courses available:
    High School  Course                   College Course
    English 4                                     English 1301, 1302, 2322 and English 2324(Mon - Thurs)
    US History                                   History 1301 and History 1302 (Tues and Thurs)
    Government                                Government 2305  (Mon and Wed)
    Economics                                  Economics 2301 (Spring Semester only)
    Dual Credit classes are offered as a zero hour (7:30 - 8:45) at Saginaw High School, and classes begin our first day of school, Monday August 26, 2013. 
    Other courses can be approved through a review process.                                    

    To qualify for Dual Credit or Early High School Enrollment, you must . . .

    • be a high school junior or senior
    • have earned a grade point average of 80 or above
    • have written permission from your high school or (Early High School Enrollment Form).
    • achieve placement test scores appropriate for the course(s) to be taken (see chart below).

    Students are responsible for tuition and fees payable to Tarrant Count College. Beginning Spring 2013, students will be responsible for purchasing any needed books for their courses.  In order to not be dropped from your dual credit classes, all classes must be paid for in full, directly to TCC, by 2am August 19, 2013.

    To apply, you must . . .
    • apply online throughActive Apply, submit anEarly High School Enrollment Formsigned by your school representative, and an official high school transcript (with a grade report through the most recent grading period if grades are not yet posted to the transcript).
    • complete any required placement testing.
      • students must have satisfactory scores on TAKS, SAT, ACT or THEA in order to be exempt fromAccuplacertesting. New standards for STAAR EOC exams have not be set.


    Courses to be taken
    SAT Score
    ACT Score
    TAKS Score
    THEA Score
    Accuplacer Score
    English 1301 and 1302
                minimum 500
    English: minimum 19
    Language Arts: minimum 2200 with essay of 3 or higher
    Writing: minimum 220 or essay 6 or higher
                Minimum 80 with essay 5-8
    Reading based courses: all ACCT,GOVT, HIST, PHIL, PSYC, SOCI and literature
    Combined: minimum 1070
    Composite: minimum 23
    Language Arts: minimum 2200 with essay of  3 or higher
    Reading: 230
    Reading: 78
    MATH 1332, 1342
    Math: minimum 230
    Math-elementary algebra: minimum 85 and
    Math-college level: minimum 55
    MATH 1314 or higher
    Math: minimum 270
    Math-elementary algebra: minimum 85 and
    Math-college level minimum 64



    EMS-ISD is not responsible for the content of sites hosted on outside webservers.