Katherine’s dedication to the arts is undeniably bolstered by her school district’s unparalleled fine arts program. The McAllen Independent School District was named a “Best Community for Music Education” in 2013 – a national distinction.
Katherine is a violinist and a lead vocalist in McAllen High School’s Mariachi Program – a group crowned Class 5A Mariachi State Champions recently. She interprets various styles to make them her own, like sones, huapangos, rancheras, and, her favorite, el bolero romántico. Her work with the Mariachi Program is augmented with her dedication to her Symphony Varsity Orchestra class and to her choir class.
Unquestionably, Katherine is destined for a world of exceptionally beautiful music. But her pragmatic side has also led her to identify a second option.
“I’m also considering becoming an orthodontist,” she said, flashing a brilliant smile filled with braces.
Both options are made possible because McAllen ISD has worked for years to augment its academics program. Students like Katherine can follow a degree plan (similar to a college degree plan) and graduate with one of the five endorsements that now define the state’s newly revised graduation plan.
“Because of our strong relationship with our institutions of higher learning – UT-RGV and STC- McAllen ISD students are better positioned than most to comply with the state’s changes,” said James Ponce, Ed.D., McAllen ISD Superintendent. “The district has laid the groundwork by offering students a multitude of academic choices.”
Arts & Humanities Endorsement
A student may earn an arts and humanities endorsement by completing foundation and general endorsement requirements (including Algebra II and a fourth advanced science course) and:
(A) A total of five social studies courses
(B) four levels of the same language in a language other than English
(C) two levels of the same language in a language other than English and two levels of a different language in a language other than English
(D) four levels of American sign language
(E) a coherent sequence of four credits by selecting courses from disciplines in fine arts
(F) four English elective credits by selecting from the following:
- English IV
- Independent Study in English
- Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition; or
- International Baccalaureate Language Studies A1 Higher Level; or
- Communication Applications