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A system under which an eligible high school student enrolls in college course(s) and receives credit for the course(s) one grade which is recorded on two transcripts: the grade is generated from the college/adjunct professor (high school teacher) and is recorded officially on the high school transcript.


A system under which an eligible high school student enrolls in college course(s) and receives credit for the course(s) one grade generated from the college professor and a separate grade generated from the high school teacher.

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.
The vision of the Dual Credit Program is to increase the amount of students taking Dual Credit Courses in order to implement a college transcript which will save time and money as the student pursues their college degree. Reaching out to the community of SAISD and ensuring that parents of middle school students are aware of these opportunities is also imperative.


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Teacher of record for high school does not have to have a Master’s degree, but must be SBOE Certified in content area and have one-year minimum teaching experience of the subject. 

• Mandatory Summer Training (new teachers attend 9 days, returning 3) 

• Communication with UT College Professor through online sessions 

• Two one-day workshops, one in the fall (Oct) and one in the spring (Feb) 

• Students do not need to be TSI ready, but must have taken it once 

• Students must have passed all EOCs and prerequisite courses 

• Students who do not do well in college portion can deny grade at end of the year 

• Students can still earn the high school credit even if they deny the college credit 

• All classes taught on home campus (min: 12 students, max: 25 students) 

Deadline: Mid-Feb Select High School content teacher for content course 

• Content Area(s) English: English 

• Content Area(s) Math: Pre-Calculus, Statistics, College Algebra 2 

• Content Area(s) Science: Chemistry, Physics 1 and Physics 2, Geo-Science, Computer Science 

• Content Area(s) Social Studies: US History 

• Content Area(s) Fine Arts: Art Entertainment Technology 


ChemBridge, MathBridge, SPURS, and CalcBridge are units of the Pre-College Academic Programs (PCARP) in the Longhorn Center for School Partnerships (LCSP). The LCSP is in turn part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at UT-Austin The DDCE’s mission is to increase the number of low-income, underrepresented, and first generation college students who attend institutions of higher education, and to engage communities who produce those students across the state. 


The mission of ChemBridge and MathBridge is to improve the academic readiness and college literacy of students from Texas high schools that are underrepresented at institutions of higher education through credit-bearing, college-level, concurrent-enrollment chemistry curriculum. 


Two semesters of college-level science coursework for high school juniors and seniors, with three credit hours offered each semester: Chemistry in Context I (CH 304K) in the fall and Chemistry in Context II (CH 305) in the spring. Generally, transfers as CHEM 1305 and 1307 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System. 


Two semesters of concurrent = enrollment math coursework for high school students with three credit hours of M302: Introduction to Mathematics offered for the year. This course generally transfers as Math 1332 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ChemBridge Student Enrollment 


Three Main Components – Dual Enrollment / Dual Credit

• Students receive authentic college credits from UT-Austin authentically rigorous, mirroring in depth and pacing what students experience on campus. 

• Students gain college literacy through the program, both in the classroom and via the campus visits. 

• Teachers build educational and knowledge networks and increase proficiency in course alignment. 

How to Register Students 

• Students must first create EIDs using online self-help tool. Ensure students do not already have EIDS. 

• Students must complete entire online enrollment form. Accurate DOB and two email addresses are essential. DO NOT USE SCHOOL ADDRESSES. 

• Complete enrollment forms after roster settles. Link distributed day before, along with video and handout. Single Enrollment Day for every school on first week of September. No early enrollments. Erroneous and duplicate enrollments will be deleted, and students will have to resubmit. 

• No additions after drop/add deadline on the first Friday of September. Invoices based on roster of the first Friday in September, with fees for subsequent drops. 

• Must submit a parental release, medical consent, and transcript for each enrolled student by last Friday of September. Submitted via FERPA-compliant Box System, care of ChemBridge Coordinator. 

• All Fall student work of any given year, must be completed by last day of University class of that year. 

Teacher Requirements 

• Teacher of record does not need a Master’s Degree 

• SBOE Certified in content area 

• Must attend training in the summer (new teachers attend for one week) 

• Must maintain regular communication with UT college professor through online sessions 

• Teachers must accompany students to a fall field trip at UT Austin 

• All classes must be taught on home campus 

» Content Area(s): Chemistry 

Students do not need to be TSI ready but must have taken it once, and must have passed all EOCs and prerequisite courses. Students who do not do well in the college portion may be denied a grade at the end of the semester. Student must earn a “C” in the fall course to advance to the spring semester college course. The fall course is a prerequisite to the spring course. Students will earn a 4th Science credit. 


• Mid February, select content teacher and send to Advanced Academics Office/District Dual Credit Coordinator.



Definition of Program   

• SAC, SPC, PAC - Alamo Colleges and their partner SAISD campus have either an Early College High School designation, or individual courses in Core Subjects of: English, Math, Science and Social Studies, including World Languages, Fine Arts and Career and Technology courses. 

• SAISD High School teacher may earn $600/course section of 15 students or more (paid by ACCD). 

• SAISD schools may request a professor to come to the campus. Cost is $2800/ semester, all DC courses on any campus, must be approved by the school district before any Course Agreements and financial contracts are signed. 

• High school teachers with Master’s degrees, can apply to teach a course at their home campus once approved by Alamo College Partner Department Chair. 

• Determine which teachers have Master’s degrees or CTE certification to teach courses by February. Select content teacher and send intention to SAISD Dual Credit Coordinator if an academic course or to the CTE Director for CTE courses. 

• Determine which teachers have Master’s degrees or CTE certification to teach courses by February. Select content teacher and sent intent to SAISD dual credit coordinator. 

Action Plan for Dual Credit Programs ACCD 

There are several Dual Credit course programs available in SAISD. Through an annual MOU, college partners are able to offer a variety of courses across English, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Fine Arts and CTE course. The courses are designed for 10th through 12th grade students who are identified as passing their EOC’s and in some cases their TSI exams in order to earn college credit while in high school. 

Teachers who are best suited for teaching these courses must have a Master’s degree in the content area, or at least have a successful track record of students earning credit in that content area. 

Upon identifying the teacher who will teach the Dual Credit class, we will need to get them ready and approved by Alamo Colleges. All syllabi, materials and assessment items are available to trained teachers, and are periodically updated and tuned to support student success. 

Campus Action Steps 

  • Identify the teachers who are interested in teaching dual credit on your campus. 
  • Analyze student data to determine how many sections of each course will be needed. 
  • Make sure the Dual Credit classes are on the choice slips. 
  • Meet with students (and parents) for advising. 
  • Schedule selected teachers to submit college transcripts showing Master’s degree for approval. 
  • Identify the classroom/computer lab (if needed) and any technology needs/textbooks needed to execute the DC class properly. Online classes will need stronger wifi or server to download or stream videos. 
  • Discuss and plan for any travel (transportation) you will need for course. 
  • For additional information and support, contact the Advanced Academics Office/District Dual Credit Coordinator.  Dr. C. Annelise Vela, 

Alamo Colleges Partners PAC - Burbank SAC - Edison, Fox Tech, ALA, Jefferson, Cast Med, Cast Tech, YWLA SPC - Brackenridge, Highlands, Houston, Lanier, YMLA

The University of Texas at San Antonio Dual Credit Programs


The UTSA Early Birds Dual Credit Program

UTSA offers several classes: US National Government (Poli 1013), Economic Principles and Issues (ECO 2003), US History Columbus to Civil War (HIST 1043), US History Post Civil War Era (HIST 1053), Algebra for Scientists and Engineers (Math 1073), Pre-Cal (Math 1093), Writing Rhetoric and Composition (WRC 1013 and 1023). Teachers will be college professors and will be held at the UTSA-Downtown campus. Transportation will be provided by SAISD. 

Deadline: In February, identify which students are TSI College Ready = 350 M, 351 R, 340 W, “5” on Essay who desire take the course. Submit rosters to Advanced Academics Office/District Dual Credit Coordinator. 

Students Must: 

• Complete ApplyTexas application, meet TSI College Readiness scores, have their Meningitis shot, and HS Transcript. 

• Once registered, student will go twice a week to their class and must be responsible for all assignments and lab work. Sometimes, college professor will ask a teacher on the high school campus to assist in lab time. 

• SAISD will pay for application fee and tuition per student. 

• Content Area(s): Government, Economics, Pre-Cal, US History, English, Biology, Speech, Ethnic Studies, Psychology and Sociology. Additional courses available to those listed above: Biology, Speech, Business Math, Ethnic Studies, Psychology and Sociology. 

• Offered Mon & Wed or Tues & Thurs in the morning or in the afternoon. Master schedule should reflect these times and possible labs or Friday tutoring. 

• First week in August, Deadline to Register students for the fall courses. Dual Credit Program Manager will register all DC students. 

• High school junior or senior with good academic standing. 

• TSI complete in dual credit subject, or granted exemption. 

• Students will apply as a group on scheduled “Dual Credit Day” in April. Deadline for new student applications. 

In ‘Online Apply Texas DC Application; UTSA Program Manager will need to be present. 

• Official High School Transcripts (Sealed) 

• Official TSI, ACT and/or SAT scores (Sealed) 

• Updated Meningitis Vaccination Records (expires after 5 years) 

Upon admission, student will receive a DC Admissions letter which will include their UTSA ID and ASAP account information. 

• First week in August, Deadline to Register students for the fall courses. P-20 Program Manager will register all DC students 

• Students may access their registered courses through their ASAP accounts. 

• Mid-August, Deadline for DC orientation (Fall students); held at UTSA Downtown campus. 

• Mid-Oct, Deadline for SAISD to pay tuition.

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