Dual Credit is an opportunity for high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Students demonstrating college readiness can earn college and high school credits in the same course by attending classes at their home campus, on a Lone Star College (LSC) campus, and/or online. Dual credit teachers are faculty members of LSC or high school instructors verified by LSC to meet the same requirements as faculty teaching the same course on campus. Students may demonstrate college readiness by achieving a qualifying score on the ACT, SAT, or TSIA. Qualified students may begin taking dual credit courses as early as sophomore year. LSC waives tuition for dual credit courses, and NCISD pays for all course fees. Students are responsible to purchase any required textbooks for dual credit courses. Visit the LSC Dual Credit website for additional information and follow up with the school counselor for registration questions.
If you plan to receive a bachelor's degree from a public university, Texas law requires that you complete a core curriculum of 42 credit hours. Each college or university identifies which of its courses fit into the core curriculum. If you complete the core curriculum with grades of "C" or better and transfer, the entire core curriculum transfers and substitutes for the core curriculum you would have taken at your new school. It is possible for students to take all core course requirements while still in high school. This option requires a commitment to dual credit coursework during the school year, and in the summer. While this is a rigorous path, the economic and time-saving benefits are significant. Students who are interested in exploring options for core completion while in high school must make an appointment with their school counselor to create a plan.