What is a dual credit course?
Dual credit courses are college courses that students take while in high school, earning both high school and college credit. FBISD offers Dual Credit through Houston Community College for FREE if you reside within the HCC Taxing District. If you do not, there is a $65 fee per course per semester. All students must purchase textbooks. Please note that there limitations to what students can take as Dual Credit as per our agreement with HCC.
Courses offered at EHS: US Government (12th grade), US History (11th grade), English (12th grade).
Summer options: Speech, Economics, Sociology, Psychology
If you have questions, please reach out to Dina Powis for more information.
FBISD also offers courses through UT On Ramps. This program varies slightly from the HCC program as it is Dual Enrollment. Our students are taught by a FBISD staff member and are enrolled in the UT equivalent course. They will receive 2 grades - one from the FBISD teacher and one from the UT Staff Member. There are no documents due for these courses nor do we need to use test scores for students to qualify, they just have to be interested in earning high school and college credit. In addition, students have the option to accept or decline the grade be put on the college transcript, so there is very little risk.
There is a fee associated with the On Ramps: $149 and $99 for those on free/reduced lunch. Elkins high school will be offering Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus through UTOR this school year.
What are the State TSI requirements for dual credit?
The students who are interested in enrolling in a dual credit course must meet the College Readiness Benchmarks:
TSIA2 Assessment Score
PSAT 10th & 11th
Score at least a 4000 on Algebra 1 EOC
Score at least a 530 on the Math Section
Composite Score of at least 23 and a 19 or above on the Math Section
Score a 950 on the Math Section
Score a 510 above on the Math Section
Score at least a 4000 on ELA 2 EOC
Score at least a 480 on EBRW section
Composite Score of at least 23 and a 19 or above on the English section
Multiple Choice 945 & Essay 5 or Multiple Choice 910-944, ABE Diagnostic level 5-6, and an essay score 5-8
Score a 460 above on the Verbal SectionWhat steps do I take to enroll in a dual credit course?Select course during course selection and add to Skyward. Follow instructions sent out via Schoolinks by Ms Powis. This includes applying to HCC for the student ID#, completing the form(s) and submitting them to Ms Powis as soon as possible.
Submit HCC Application
The last day to complete an HCC application is 4/12/24 for Fall courses. However, do not wait until this date as spots in courses are first come first serve and classes fill up quickly!
Submit HCC Dual Credit Waiver Form & Student Commitment Form to Ms Powis
As soon as students receive their HCC ID# after they have completed the HCC application they should send their documents via email.
Documents for summer courses are due by 3/6/24.
Student will be offered a spot in the class once everything is completed and student deemed College Ready as per above assessments
Ongoing until HCC deadline or courses are full
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