Dual credit

What is Dual Credit?

Students taking dual credit courses earn college credit while in high school. The credits transfer to public colleges in Texas and many private and out of state colleges.

We have partnered with Dallas College to offer dual credit courses to all high school students. See the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  between GISD and Dallas College concerning Dual Credit.

Note: See specific interlocal agreements on the PTECH page and the ECHS page.

Why take Dual Credit courses?

Students can save money by completing many of their “core” college courses while still in high school. Students who take dual credit classes are also better prepared for the challenge of college.

Who teaches Dual Credit?

Dual credit courses are taught by qualified instructors with Dallas College credentials, a Master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in the area they teach.

How does the credit transfer to college?

Grades for dual credit classes are transcribed on both the high school and college transcripts. After graduation, the Dallas College transcript must be sent to the student’s college of choice for a transcript review. The intended college will then award credit according to their policies.

How is Dual Credit different from AP?

Both Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credit classes develop the skills needed to be successful in college and both are great ways for students to earn college credit. In fact, many courses give students the option of Dual Credit and/or AP credit.

The main difference between Dual Credit and AP is what qualifies you for college credit. Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ (70) or higher in their Dual Credit course to get college credit for the course. To earn college credit in AP, a student must take an AP exam and earn a qualifying score of 3 or higher (on a scale of 1 to 5). Learn more about AP.

Taking Dual Credit courses make you a college student

Students in dual credit classes must follow GISD policies as well as the policies for Dallas College students.

Dallas College policies you need to know before signing up for dual credit classes include:

  1. After the 12th class day, a student may withdraw from a dual credit class, but they will receive a ‘W’ on their college transcript.
  2. There is a limit of 6 withdrawals for college students and additional withdrawals result in a failing grade on the college transcript.
  3. Students may not withdraw from a dual credit course after the official drop date posted by the college. Withdrawal from a dual credit course after the drop date results in a grade of ‘F’ on the college transcript.
  4. Withdrawals and failing grades in dual credit classes may cause a student to lose their Federal Financial Aid eligibility when they move to a higher education institution upon graduating from high school. To remain eligible for Federal Financial Aid, students must maintain a college GPA of 2.0 and maintain a completion rate of 75% (this rate may vary by college institution).
  5. If a student must withdraw from a dual credit class, he/she must notify the Dallas College campus that provides the dual credit program at their GISD high school. Failure to notify the college may result in a grade of ‘F’ on their Dallas College transcript.
  6. If there is a grade dispute, the student must seek an appeal at their high school for the high school transcript and with the appropriate Dallas College contact person for the college transcript.
  7. Failing a dual credit class may cause the student to be ineligible for the dual credit program.

Process for Applying to the Dual Credit Program

Students interested in taking dual credit classes should request an appointment with their high school counselor.

  1. Complete a Dallas College application
  2. Take the TSI Assessment Pretest or see if you meet TSI requirements with your PSAT or STAAR EOC scores
  3. Take the TSI Assessment