Dual credit classes are college courses for which a student receives both high school and college credit. Dual credit will be received upon successful completion of college courses with a minimum grade of “C”. A grade of “C” or better is required to receive high school credit. Check with the high school or college counselor for more information about credits. Students can earn dual credit in both academic and/or technical courses.
WHY dual credit?
· Cost savings….students get a jumpstart on their college education, accelerating
their time to a college degree AND a high school diploma.
· Provides an opportunity for students to transition to college while still having
additional support at school and/or home.
· Serves as a “controlled” introduction to college life.
DID YOU KNOW…
· Dual credit courses are offered in a variety of methods in order to meet any
learner’s needs: Face-to-Face --- Online --- Hybrid
(Hybrid: a combination of instructional methods where a student completes 50% of the
course online and the other 50% in a face-to-face setting.)
· Studies show that dual credit increases the likelihood that a student will
complete high school, enroll in and persist in college.
· Courses that are in the approved core curriculum are fully transferable among all
public institutions of higher education in Texas.
· Students who participate in career and technical classes/programs will graduate
high school with career skills and in many cases, a certification approving them
for employment in their industry.
REMEMBER…YOU ARE A COLLEGE STUDENT NOW
To be eligible to enroll into the Early College/Dual Credit Program a student must be a sophomore, meet minimum passing standards on TAKS test, and have a good record in the following areas: (Note: Sophomores may only take PSYC1300 Learning Frameworks)
· Attendance: The student must not have had excessive absences in the semester
previous to the enrollment period. (90% Rule applies) (Texas Education Code [TEC], Chapter 25
· Discipline: The student must not have had severe discipline problems in the semester
previous to the enrollment period. (TEC Chapter 37 Rule 124)
· Grades: The student must have passed all of his/her classes, including college courses,
in the semester previous to the enrollment period. Any student failing a dual credit
class will be placed on automatic probation for the next college session in which they
enroll. If during the second session, they fail another class they will be prohibited
from enrolling in college classes for one semester. Their enrollment status will be
reviewed after the prohibited semester.
When students satisfy the above qualifications they are eligible for the Early College/ Dual Credit Program. Each student must meet admission requirements in order to register for classes at Brazosport College.
In order to take academic classes at any public college or university in Texas, students must have either taken or be exempt from the THEA test or a state approved alternate test. Brazosport College uses the state approved alternate test, COMPASS.
Students are exempt if they have the following scores on the TAKS, ACT or SAT:
Exit Level TAKS
2200 in Math
and /or 2200 in ELA with a Writing Composition sub-score of 3
Combined critical reading & math score: 1070
Combined critical reading & math score: 107
Composite score: 23
Math and/or Critical Reading: 500
Math and/or Critical Reading: 50
Math and/or English: 19
*PSAT scores waive testing for one year only, as do sophomore level TAKS
scores of 2200 ELA and 3 writing sub-score.
If students are taking a technical class, such as welding, computer, electricity, etc., testing may not be required. Consult your dual credit counselor regarding any testing requirements for these classes.
WITHDRAWING FROM CLASS
Students will not be allowed to withdraw from a college course without special permission from the high school counselor and college counselor. If, for some unforeseen circumstance, a student must withdraw from a college class, he/she must fill-out a Withdrawal Form and have it signed by the dual credit counselor before being withdrawn from the course.