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Earning College Credit

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) gives students the chance to engage in college-level work while still in high school and earn college credit by scoring a 3 or better on an AP examination. College Board develops the scope and sequence of the AP courses and provides training for teachers. The examination for each course is a national standard used by colleges to grant college credits to those students who earn a qualifying score. Most colleges and universities consider students who take AP courses to be better prepared for the rigor of college courses, since courses designated as “AP” are college-level courses. Students should expect course subject matter and workload at a college level. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the corresponding College Board exam in May. There is a $25.00 exam fee for each AP course in which a student is enrolled up to a maximum of $100 for any single student. Students should visit College Board AP to create an account and access AP resources.

Dual Credit

Dual Credit is an opportunity for high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously by attending classes at their home campus, on a Lone Star College-Kingwood (LSC-K) campus, and/or online. Dual credit courses are taught by LSC-K professors or NCISD high school teachers serving as adjunct LSC-K professors. 

Students interested in dual credit must first demonstrate college readiness in one of the following ways: 

  • PSAT/NMSQT: Evidence-Based Reading/Writing: 460, Math: 510  
  • SAT: Evidence-Based Reading/Writing: 480, Math: 530  
  • ACT: English & Reading Combined: 40; Math:22
  • STAAR EOC: English II: 4000, Algebra I: 4000 and passing grade in Algebra II 
  • TSIA2: ELAR: 945+ or <945 with Diagnostic 5+
    • ESSAY: 5+
    • MATH: 950+ or <950 with Diagnostic 6

Qualified students may begin taking dual credit courses as early as sophomore year.  NCISD currently pays the cost of tuition and fees for enrolled students.  The student is responsible for the cost of any required textbook. 

Visit the LSC Dual Credit website for additional information and follow up with the school counselor for registration questions.