The specific courses each RCHS student will take during their two years to earn a high school diploma while accumulating college credits ultimately depends on each individual student's academic skills and career goals. However, students will not be allowed to select their courses without academic advisement. Students must first follow the path that leads to high school diploma. A student must enroll each semester through an RCHS academic advisor. They will review the student's academic record to identify the courses the student should take the next semester and for the remainder of time at RCHS.
In addition to earning a high school diploma, RCHS students will work to complete the Dallas County Community College District core curriculum. This curriculum adheres to the state requirement for every higher education institution to offer a core curriculum of 42-48 credit hours that meets the goals outlined below. When a student successfully finishes a college's core curriculum, it is transferable to any other Texas state higher education institution. In other words, a student who completes the core curriculum at Richland College can transfer to any other Texas state college or university without being required to take any of that institution's core courses.
The following chart compares high school graduation requirements for the "Recommended" and "Distinguished Achievement" diplomas with Richland College 's core curriculum requirements: