College Credit Opportunities
In Richardson ISD, in partnership with College Board, Dallas County Community College District and The University of Texas at Austin, offers AP, dual credit dual enrollment and licensing/certification opportunities by enrolling in college courses offered in different settings. You can also find additional information on our RISD College and Career Readiness website. College/university classes are taught in a variety of methods and offered throughout the day to serve students. Below you can find more information about the differences in the types of credit options students could peruse prior to high school graduation:
Advanced Placement (AP) College Credit: Program that is overseen by College Board that allows students to take courses on their high school campus. Students can earn college credit and/or qualify for more advanced classes when they begin college. Fees are associated with AP Exams that will be administered each spring.
Career and technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit: Students may enroll in CTE courses at any of the DCCCD campuses that are partnered with RISD or on their own high school campus. These courses can lead to a license or certification in many different areas. Students can take multiple courses as their schedule allows. There may be some costs for textbooks or usage fees.
Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD Dual Credit): Student enrolls in course at any of the DCCCD campuses that are partnered with RISD or on their own high school campus. Students can take multiple courses as their schedule allows. Students must meet TSI requirements set by DCCCD. Courses taken on a DCCCD campus, may have some cost for textbooks or usage fees.
OnRamps- The University of Texas Dual Enrollment: A dual-enrollment program taught at the high school by high school teachers and UT Professors. These course are UT-designed college courses aligned with the expectations of leading research institutions. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a transcript from UT. The primary purpose of OnRamps is the accelerate college student success.
All of the above programs offer great benefits:
- Enhances the ability and skills to do college work and aids students in gaining confidence for college success.
- Provides high school students the opportunity to experience the rigor and intellectual challenges of college classes and earn transferable college credits while still in high school.
- Students gain early exposure to college expectations, easing the transition from high school to college.
- Brings college/university faculty and high school teachers together to share methods, ideas and experiences that benefit students.
Students who are interested in taking a college level class while in high school should discuss their options with their counselor.