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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+

MATH: 950+ or <950 with Diagnostic 6
  PSAT/NMSQT & SAT scores: *sign into student account  
  ACT scores: *sign into student account  
  STAAR EOC: Skyward (view transcript)  

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.


Choose between two plans

College Essentials

This plan includes 6 classes typically included in degrees offered at Texas public universities. Courses are typically taken during the junior and senior years of high school.

  • Courses include:
    • ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302
    • HIST 1301 & 1302
    • GOVT 2305 & 2306
    • Could also take 1 creative arts class such as ARTS, DRAM or MUSI.


Core Complete 

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. This includes 14 college courses (42 college credit hours) in nine component areas guaranteed by law to transfer to Texas public universities (Sec. 61.822(c)). Courses are typically taken over all four years of high school including 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.

  • Courses include:
    • Communication (6 SCH)
    • Mathematics (3 SCH)
    • Life & Physical Sciences (8 SCH)
    • Component Area (4 SCH)
    • Language, Philosophy, & Culture (3 SCH)
    • Creative Arts (3 SCH)
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 SCH)
    • History (6 SCH)
    • Government/Political Science (6 SCH)
      *Semester Credit Hour (SCH)


Campus Course Offerings


New Caney High School Porter High School West Fork High School
ECON 2301 BIOL 1406 Coming Soon!
ENGL 1301 ECON 2301  
ENGL 1302 ENGL 1301  
GOVT 2305 ENGL 1302  
MATH 1316 GOVT 2305  
PSYC 1301 HIST 1301  
SOCI 1301 HIST 1302  
SPAN 2311 MATH 1314  
  MATH 1316  
  MATH 1342  
  MATH 2412  
  MATH 2413  



Dual Credit Documents