A top priority for the Dallas ISD is to expand dual credit opportunities for its students. Partnerships between Texas secondary schools and Texas colleges and universities have enabled high school students to earn college credits before graduating from high school, making their transition to the collegiate campus smoother and their likelihood of graduating from college greater.
Dual credit is a process through which a student may earn high school credit for successfully completing a college course that provides advanced academic instruction beyond, or in greater depth than, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a corresponding high school course. The “dual credit” earned is college credit and high school credit for one course.
Courses are offered by accredited colleges and include both academic and Workforce Education dual credit courses. Most students take basic academic core courses such as English, history, math, and social science. Students are advised that college course grades remain on their college transcript for the rest of their lives, and a dual credit course failure may also negatively impact future financial aid.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) assigns service areas to Texas public colleges. Dallas ISD high schools are in the service areas for Dallas County Community College District’s (DCCCD) seven colleges.