Earning College Credit While in High School

AISD provides multiple opportunities to acquire college credit.  Credit may be obtained through College Board approved Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations or International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations; dual credit courses, and articulated courses. These options are provided on various high school campuses. In all situations, students must verify how credits will be applied to both their high school transcript and their college transcript.

Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP)

The Pre-AP program is a level of challenging courses designed to teach students strong study skills and learning strategies. Pre-AP courses are offered in grades 6-10 and are taught by teachers with specialized training. Pre-AP courses carry weighted grade points

Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement program is a sequence of college-level courses taught in grades 11-12 by high school teachers with specialized training. AP courses require students to study content with more depth and complexity at a more challenging pace. Students have the opportunity to pay a fee to the College Board to take AP Exams administered in May. AP exam results are used to grant college credit and course placement based on student performance and policies of individual colleges and universities. AP courses carry weighted grade points. .

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program, offered only at L.C. Anderson High School and open to all District students, is an internationally recognized curriculum that offers eleventh and twelfth grade students an opportunity to earn an IB Diploma. This program of study offers an integrated approach to learning across the disciplines with an emphasis on meeting the challenges of living and working in a global, technological society. 

The IB Middle Years Program, offered only at Murchison Middle School, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world and become critical and reflective thinkers. 


Dual Credit

High school and college credit can be earned at the same time by taking college courses while still in high school. Some Approved dual credit courses may be offered on high school campuses, at higher education institutions where AISD has an agreement, or through an approved distance learning program. For detailed information about the qualifications and enrollment in dual credit opportunities, consult your school high counselor. Students who qualify will be required to complete enrollment documentation, which may be unique to each dual credit institution/program. Courses approved for Dual Credit are listed in Appendix B of the SSIG guide.

The Dual Credit Program requirements are listed below:

  • Meet with an AISD counselor prior to beginning the Dual Credit process;
  • Be college ready by meeting TSI standards, and course prerequisites prior to enrolling in classes;
  • Completed the Dual Credit form and obtained the required approvals; and
  • Be advised by college advisor.
  • If attending an ACC campus, a parking permit is required.

Career and Technical College Articulated Courses

Certain content-enhanced career and technical high school courses have been found to be substantially equal to college courses. A course may only be offered for articulated credit if the high school instructor meets the instructor requirements stipulated by the college. A student completing these courses must achieve a grade of “80” or above, satisfactorily complete other college exam and/or portfolio requirements in the identified course, and where applicable, meet special conditions, to receive articulated credit. All courses eligible for college credit are identified on the high school transcript with the special explanation course code “A”. This code helps participating colleges identify courses taught for award of articulated college credit. Completion of these college-level courses provides a way to start a college technical major in high school and continue in a participating post-secondary institution. The result is a certificate or associate degree in a career field. A list of articulated courses with Austin Community College, Texas State University, University of Texas at Tyler, Texas A&M University at Kingsville, The Culinary Institute of America at New York, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and through Advanced Technical Credit Statewide Articulation is shown in Appendix C.


Early College High School

Early College High Schools (ECHS) are innovative high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and 60 college credit hours. 

Early College High Schools:

  • provide dual credit at no cost to students
  • offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
  • provide academic and social support services to help students succeed
  • increase college readiness, and
  • reduce barriers to college access.

Who is eligible?

Students entering grade 9 or 10. 

What's required?