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San Antonio ISD students can engage in rigorous college level course work through college and universities who have a fully executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU's) with the district.  Students earn college credit at no cost while working toward a high school diploma and their postsecondary education.

Independent research demonstrates that students who take dual credit/dual enrollment courses demonstrate a higher likelihood of enrolling in college and are more likely to persist in earning a professional credential and/or 2-year or 4-year degree.  Students who take dual credit/dual enrollment courses report that the experience often helps them gain experience that leads to confidence and a new vision of themselves as true college students. Additionally, students participating in dual credit/dual enrollment courses experience a costing savings that can significantly impact postsecondary plans.[1]  Thus, student participation in dual credit/dual enrollment courses plays a key role in improving future college outcomes.  

[1] Education Next The Rise of Dual Credit, Vol. 21 No. 1

Dual Credit

Dual Credit courses are courses taught by a college instructor or SAISD teacher approved as an adjunct instructor; all curriculum, resources and grades are controlled by the professor/instructor and the college department. The student earns credit for a high school course that is matched to the content of the college course.  Grades for the high school course and college course are typically the same. 

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment courses are courses taught by a college instructor who determines all curriculum, resources, and grades for the college course in collaboration with a high school teacher who helps to facilitate the college course and who manages all curriculum, resources and grades for the high school course. Students may have the option to accept or deny the college hours/transcription for the dual enrollment course.  Grades for the high school course may differ from grades for the college course.

Benefits of Dual Credit

  • No Tuition Fees (Free) - Save Money on college tuition and instructional materials

  • Finish College Faster - Obtain college credit that can lead to the completion of a postsecondary degree or certificate

  • Transfer credits earned in high school to Texas public colleges and universities

  • Easier transition to college level coursework and college life

To give every high school student the opportunity to earn as many college credits as possible through a Dual Credit/Early College Program. This program is a process through which a student may earn high school credit for graduation as well as successfully completing a college course that provides advanced academic instruction beyond, or in greater depth than, the Texas Essentials Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a corresponding high school course. The “dual credit” earned is both college credit and high school credit for one course reflected on both transcripts.

We believe that by providing equitable opportunities for students to engage in dual credit coursework, obtain both high school and college credit, and actively participate in the college going culture will prepare students with the required skill for persistence after high school toward completion of a postsecondary degree, certificate, and/ or industry certification. Thereby enabling students to be contributing members of the community.

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