Dual Credit
Dual Credit Core Curriculum Course Guide - Google Docs.pdfDual Credit


If you are interested in taking a dual credit course during the spring, summer, or fall of 2021 please complete this Dual Credit Interest Form.  A counselor and NISD Dual Credit Facilitator will be in touch with you to talk about the next steps.

If you would like to schedule a Zoom meeting to talk about dual credit please email our Director of College and Career Readiness, Bobby Morris, some dates and times that will work best in your schedule and he will facilitate getting the Zoom scheduled. Email Mr. Morris

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Dual Credit Partnerships: Northwest ISD maintains traditional dual-credit partnerships with Tarrant County College and North Central Texas College. The majority of NISD is not located within the taxing boundaries of either college, therefore, students should expect to pay out-of-county tuition rates when taking dual credit courses. Students who reside in Tarrant County are eligible for in-county tuition through Tarrant County College.

In addition to traditional dual credit, NISD also maintains partnerships with community colleges and universities to provide specialized support for some of our academy and career pathway options. 

Each college has its own specific application and enrollment criteria and deadlines. It is important that you pay close attention to the information that relates to the college you choose to attend.


Dual
 Credit and Dual Enrollment Partners

Tarrant County College The University of Texas at Austin North Central Texas College
Provides face-to-face, and online dual credit for Northwest High School, V. R. Eaton High School, and Byron Nelson High School

Provides face-to-face, and online dual credit for our Aviation and Aeronautics Academy at V.R. Eaton High School
On-Ramps

Provides face-to-face, dual enrollment credit courses at Northwest High School, V.R. Eaton High School, and Byron Nelson High School

OnRamps Transcript FAQ 
Provides face-to-face, and online dual credit for Northwest High School, V. R. Eaton High School, Byron Nelson High School, and Steele Accelerated High School 
El Centro The University of Texas at Austin
Provides face-to-face instruction for our Culinary Arts and Hospitality Academy at Byron Nelson High School Engineer Your World

Provides face-to-face, dual enrollment credit engineering courses at V. R. Eaton High School, and Byron Nelson High School 



 

Memorandums of Understanding

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is an agreement between the School District and our community college and university partners.  You can view our MOUs by partner institution by clicking on the links below:

Tarrant County College MOU The University of Texas at Austin - OnRamps MOU
North Central Texas College MOU
El Centro MOU The University of Texas at Austin -
Engineer Your World MOU





More about Dual Credit

Students that successfully complete approved Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment courses will be awarded both college credit and high school graduation credit towards graduation requirements at both institutions. Students in the dual credit program experience the rigor of college-level courses and acquire the confidence to succeed academically and socially in the college environment. Recent data shows that students who complete dual credit experiences are more likely to persist in their second year of college at both two and four-year institutions in Texas compared to their peers who did not participate. Additionally, over the last 8 years in Texas, dual credit participants had a higher four-year college graduation rate than their non-dual credit peers at almost every public institution in the state.

Advantages of taking Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment:

  • Experience the demand of college earlier with more support
  • Get ahead on your potential college and career pathway
  • Save some additional funds for college
  • Increase the likelihood of earning a high school diploma and a college degree
  • Ease your transition into higher education
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to access college facilities and resources
  • Enhance your skills required to be successful at the collegiate level such as Time Management, Critical Thinking, Study Skills, and Collaboration

Difference between Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment:




FAQs about Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment Courses and Course Options:

What Dual Credit Courses should I take if I am just starting out with Dual Credit for the first time?

In NISD we offer a wide variety of course options as well as providers. The appropriate dual credit course depends as much on your goals and academic success as it does on your grade level.  High school freshmen and sophomores typically have more limited college options for dual credit, but they may find that Art Appreciation and Speech are available. In some cases, a sophomore who is advanced in mathematics might also consider a dual credit math course. 

A great starting point we recommend for students to attempt is ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302- which is English Composition I and English Composition II. You can take these 2 courses over the summer through Tarrant County College for HS English III or HS English IV credit or you can take the OnRamps version of these classes in your junior or senior year. Another great starting point is OnRamps College Algebra. It counts as high school Algebra 2. 

How many Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment courses should I take per semester? Per Year?

If you are starting out in dual credit or dual enrollment, we recommended that you participate in no more than two courses per semester. As you gain experience with dual credit you can take more hours.  We recommend that students limit themselves to no more than 15 college credit hours per semester.  

Will all of the Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment courses I take transfer to the college I plan to attend?

For the most part, yes. In the state of Texas, if a course is taken as a component of the Texas Core Curriculum, then public colleges and universities in Texas will be obligated to take the course. This doesn't guarantee that the credit will transfer into your degree plan so it is important that you make dual credit decisions carefully.  Talk to your counselor, NISD College, and Career Readiness representative, and the colleges you are interested in attending to help ensure you make the best decisions. For out-of-state and private institutions it will be up to the ‘receiving’ institution as to what credit and how much that college/university will take as transfer credit.

A good rule of thumb would be to check your potential colleges (Colleges that you pinned in MajorClarity) and their transfer policy to see if they accept credit from the University of Texas at Austin (for OnRamps courses), Tarrant County College, or North Central Texas College. For example, if you took OnRamps PreCal, look at your potential college/university’s transfer policy for UT Austin courses and Precalculus Math. For ENGL Courses look at your potential college/university’s transfer policy for UT Austin and TCC courses and find ENGL 1301

What courses are available for dual credit and how do they apply to my high school transcript?
This is a complicated question because there are a lot of what if's involved.  We recommend that you start with your high school counselor or College and Career Readiness facilitator to help get you pointed in the right direction.





 


Dual Credit, OnRamps, and Advanced Placement Courses and the Texas Core Curriculum


This table shows how many semester credit hours (SCH) a student needs in each component area of the College Core. Often, taking dual credit courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements will result in the accumulation of more SCHs than are required by the college. If a student has more semester credit hours than are required for a particular Foundational Component Area, the receiving institution is NOT required to apply those credits. If a student has less Semester Credit Hours than required for a particular Foundational Component Area, the receiving institution may impose additional requirements for the fulfillment of the remaining needed Semester Credit Hours.

Foundational Component Areas NCTC - Dual Credit Courses TCCD - Dual Credit Courses UT – OnRamps Courses

Advanced Placement Courses

 AP Exam Scores and individual college/university policies will determine how AP scores may apply to the TCC.

Written Communications  (6 SCH)
  • ENGL 1301 – Composition I (English III or IV)
  • ENGL 1302 – Composition II (English III or IV)
  • ENGL 1301 – Composition I (English III or IV)
  • ENGL 1302 – Composition 2 (English III or IV)
  • SPCH 1321 – Business and Professional Communication 
  • SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking
  • RHE 306/ENGL 1301 – OnRamps (English III or IV)
  • RHE 309/ENGL 1302 – OnRamps (English III or IV)
  • AP English Language (English III)
  • AP English Literature (English IV) 
Mathematics
(3 SCH)
  • MATH 1314 – College Algebra
  • MATH 1342 – Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 2412 – Pre-calculus
  • MATH 1314 – College Algebra
  • MATH 1332 - Contemporary Mathematics
  • MATH 1342 – Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 2412 – Pre-calculus
  • MATH 2312 – OnRamps Pre-calculus
  • MATH 1342 – OnRamps Statistics 
  • MATH 1314 - OnRamps College Algebra
 
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics
Natural Sciences
(8 SCH)
  • BIOL 2401 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 2402 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIOL 2406 - Environmental Biology
  • PHYS 1401 – College Physics I
  • PHYS 1402 – College Physics II
  • CHEM 1411 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1412 – General Chemistry II
  • BIOL 2401 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 2402 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIOL 2406 - Environmental Biology
  • PHYS 1401 – College Physics I
  • PHYS 1402 – College Physics II
  • CHEM 1411 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1412 – General Chemistry II
  • PHY 302/PHYS 1301 - OnRamps Physics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 
Language, Philosophy, and Culture
(3 SCH) 
  • ENGL 2322 – British Literature I
  • ENGL 2323 – British Literature II (Steele AHS Only)
  • ENGL 2322 – British Literature I
  • ENGL 232 – American Lit II 
None Available At This Time
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Spanish Literature
  • AP French Language
  • AP German Language
Creative Arts
(3 SCH)
 
  • ARTS 1301 – Art Appreciation
  • ARTS 1301 – Art Appreciation
None Available At This Time
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
  • AP Studio Art: 3-D Design
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing
History
(6 SCH)
 
None Available At This Time None Available At This Time
  • HIS 315K/HIST 1301 – OnRamps US History
  • HIS 315L/HIST 1302 – OnRamps US History
  • AP US History 
Political Science
(6 SCH) 
  • GOVT 2305 – Federal Government
  • GOVT 2306 – Texas Government
  • GOVT 2305 – Federal Government
  • GOVT 2306 – Texas Government
None Available At This Time
  • AP US Government & Politics
  • AP Comparative Government & Politics 
Social and Behavioral Sciences
(3 SCH) 
  • PSYC 2301 – General Psychology
  • SOCI 1301 – Introduction to Sociology
  • ECON 2301 - Macroeconomics
  • PSYC 2301 – General Psychology
  • SOCI 1301 – Introduction to Sociology
  • ECON 2301 - Macroeconomics
None Available At This Time
  • AP Psychology 
Speech and Communication Skills
(3 SCH)
  • SPCH 1315 – Public Speaking
  • SPCH 1321 – Business and Professional Communication
  • SPCH 1321 - Business and Professional Communication
None Available At This Time None Available At This Time


For a complete list of Texas Core Curriculum courses by college/university and/or Foundational Component Area go to:
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/apps/tcc/