The Dallas ISD collegiate academies are high schools that provide students the opportunity to earn dual credit, which is credit toward a high school diploma and college degree. By the time they complete high school, students in Dallas ISD collegiate academies can earn up to 60 hours of free college credit and an associate degree. Collegiate academies partner with institutions of higher education to enable students to earn college credit.
Students attend ninth and 10th grade in the collegiate academy wing at the high school campus where they complete their basic courses and receive in-depth instruction to prepare them for college success. Beginning their junior year, students attend classes tuition-free on the campus of their community college partner. The district provides transportation to the partner community college campus.
Dual credit programs allow high school students to enroll in college courses for credit while still in high school. College credits earned through dual credit can be applied toward high school and college graduation and can be transferred to other colleges or universities. At Dallas ISD collegiate academies, students can earn dual credit in a number of academic areas, including math, science, English, government, history and more.
A dual credit program benefits students in a number of ways:
Dallas ISD’s higher education partner is the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). Currently, the participating DCCCD campuses are Brookhaven Community College, Cedar Valley Community College, Eastfield Community College, El Centro Community College, Mountain View Community College and Richland Community College.
|Dallas ISD High School||Dallas County Community College|
|David W. Carter High School||Cedar Valley College|
|Dr. Emmett J. Conrad High School||Richland College|
|James Madison High School||El Centro College|
|L. G. Pinkston High School||El Centro College|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt High School||El Centro College|
|Seagoville High School||Eastfield College|
|South Oak Cliff High School||Mountain View College|
|Thomas Jefferson High School||Brookhaven College|
The collegiate academies are designed to serve ninth-grade students who have the determination to attend college and are first-generation college students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Interested eighth-grade students, who will be freshmen next year, can apply here for the upcoming school year.
Each collegiate academy will accept 100 ninth-grade students per year. The collegiate academy model begins at the ninth grade, and students will only be accepted into the program as freshmen. They will move together as a cohort as they progress through high school.
Students will spend ninth and 10th grade on their collegiate academy high school campus taking core courses in a dedicated wing. The students will spend 11th and 12th grade on their DCCCD partner campus.
Transportation is provided to both the high school and the DCCCD partner campus.
No. Tuition is waived for students enrolled in a Dallas ISD collegiate academy.
No. College textbooks will be provided to all students free of charge.
Collegiate academies enable students to:
Simply put, students will earn college credit for classes successfully completed while in high school. These college credits are transferable to all Texas public colleges and universities and some out-of-state and private colleges. Students will enter college with a head start on their academic career and eventual professional career.
Students can apply by completing and submitting the online application and providing a letter of recommendation from their eighth-grade counselor.
Students will generally start taking college level classes at the beginning of their junior year.
Students enrolled in college courses must meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements. This can be done by taking the TSI-Assessment (TSI-A) and earning passing scores in reading, writing, and/or math. Students must have passing scores in specific areas based on course prerequisites. A Summer Bridge Camp will be held to help students prepare for the Collegiate Academies, including preparation for the TSI-A.