It is an opportunity for students to earn high school credit and college credit at the same time. Credits can be earned in a number of academic areas, including math, science, English, government, history and more. Plus, tuition is waived for eligible students residing in the Dallas County area.
What Is Concurrent Enrollment?
Concurrent enrollment provides the opportunity for qualified high school junior and senior students to earn college credit only.
How Can Dual Credit Benefit Me?
Provides a head start on postsecondary core requirements
Lowers cost of college (DCCCD waives tuition for Dual Credit)
Extends the variety of classes available to high school students
Allows access to college facilities/activities–such as, college library, fine arts performances, career development services, computer labs, and learning skills/tutoring services
Provides greater opportunity for a coordinated, seamless education
Serves as a “controlled” introduction to college life
Allows for an easier transition to college
Builds student confidence and self-esteem
How Does This Affect My Future?
Simply put, you get college credit – that’s transferable to all Texas public colleges and universities and some out-of-state and private colleges – for classes taken while in high school. So, enter college with a head start on your academic career and eventual professional career.
Am I Eligible?
High school students, age 16, enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade in good academic standing at a participating public, private, charter, or home school.
Students with a recommendation from their high school counselor.
Students admitted to the college and meet minimum test scores.
What Are The Participating Schools?
Charter: A+ Academy
Private: Balch Springs Christian Academy, Bishop Lynch, Cathedral of Life, Dallas Christian, Rockwall Christian Academy, Home schools.
Public Schools: All Dallas ISD, All Garland ISD, All Mesquite ISD, Sunnyvale ISD, Rockwall ISD.
Other schools may be eligible. Contact your high school counselor or Dual Credit office.
What Are The Minimum Test Scores?
Students entering Eastfield must meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements. This can be done through taking either the Accuplacer or Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) and making passing scores in areas of reading, writing, and/or math. Students must have passing scores in specific areas based on course perquisites.
Students may be exempt from testing by the following:
TAKS Scores – 2200 on exit level TAKS in English Language Arts (with a writing score of 3).
SAT Scores – 500 Critical Reading, 500 Math, and 1070 Composite
ACT Scores – 19 Verbal, 19 Math, and 23 Composite
How Can I Enroll?
Find out if your high school participates in the Dual Credit Program. If not, there’s still the opportunity to take college courses as a concurrent student.
Review the classes with your high school counselor that you would be eligible to take. This can vary from school to school.
Fill-out the online application, making sure the High School Enrollment Form is signed and completed by you, your high school counselor, and your parent/legal guardian. If you’re under 18, complete the DCCCD Minor Student Form.
Schedule an appointment.
Bring completed application packet, online confirmation page/acceptance letter, High School Enrollment Form, official high school transcript (with TAKS, ACT, and/or SAT scores if applicable), and Minor Student Form to your appointment.
What is the difference between Dual Credit and Advanced Placement (AP)?
With Dual Credit, a high school student can enroll in a college level course and can earn college and high school credit with the successful completion of the course.
With AP, a high school student can take a AP class in high school that is designed to simulate the rigor of a college class while preparing students to take the AP exam. Students can earn college credit based on the scores they earn on the AP exam. Score requirements for college credit by subject vary from college to college.