Dual credit courses are offered to students in FBISD through Houston Community College for FREE (you are required to purchase the book). Dual credit courses are college courses that you take while in high school. Since you are taking a college course, FBISD gives you high school credit. There are currently 11 dual credit courses available to Kempner HS students. See the chart below. The chart does not include dual credit courses available through the FBISD Reese Center.
What are the requirements to take a dual credit course?
The student must complete the KHS dual credit enrollment process. Progress for summer enrollment and enrollment for the following school year opens in January. For example, summer 2021 and school year 2021-2022 enrollment started in January 2021. The summer enrollment deadline was at the end of February 2021 and the school year deadline was in May 2021.
To take a dual credit course the student must meet the FBISD grade level requirement and the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA2) requirement. There are several ways that a student can meet dual credit TSIA2 eligibility requirements. If a student does not meet one of the four dual credit TSIA2 exemptions listed below, then the student would be required to take the TSIA2 exam. The TSIA2 is the college placement test for the state of Texas.
- EOC Scores (TSIA2 Waiver)
- TSIA2 Dual Credit Ready for ELAR: English II EOC Score: 4000+
- TSIA2 Dual Credit Ready for Math: Algebra I EOC Score: 4000+ & complete Algebra II with a grade of C or better
- PSAT/NMSQT Scores (TSIA2 Waiver)
- TSIA2 Dual Credit Ready for ELAR: EBRW Score: 460+
- TSIA2 Dual Credit Ready for Math: Math Score: 510+
- SAT Scores (TSIA2 Exempt)
- TSIA2 Ready for ELAR: EBRW Score: 480+
- TSIA2 Ready for Math: Math Score: 530+
- ACT Scores (TSIA2 Exempt)
- TSIA2 Ready for ELAR: Minimum Composite Score 23 plus English Score 19+
- TSI Ready for Math: Minimum Composite Score 23 plus Math Score 19+
- TSIA2 Scores (must take TSIA2 if student does not meet waiver or exemption)
- ELAR (MC & Essay): 945+ AND Essay 5; OR 910-944, Diag 5-6 AND Essay 5-8
- Math: 950+; OR 910-949 AND Diag 6
Not all dual credit courses are available to all grade levels. For example, dual credit speech is only available to junior and seniors while College Transitions is available to students in grades 9-12. To take dual credit speech the student must meet dual credit TSIA2 eligibility requirements in English language arts and reading. A student does not have to meet college level eligibility to take College Transitions, but the student does have to sit for the exam.