Advanced Academics Programs

Important Advanced Academics Announcements

  • Course Expo Nights to Preview High School Advanced Academics and Electives Options: Nov. 2nd at Steele High School and Nov. 3rd at Clemens High School. 

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  • Advanced Academics includes courses, programs, assessments, and supports that provide opportunities for students to demonstrate college and career readiness and earn postsecondary credit. Students begin taking honors courses at the intermediate and junior high level where they are taught the skills needed to succeed in honors and AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, or Dual Credit courses in high school. Knowing and understanding the differences between these programs will assist families in planning for high school and college courses.

     

    SCUCISD Advanced Academics College Credit Program Offerings

     

    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Dual Credit (DC)

    International Baccalaureate (IB)

    Dual Enrollment (DE)

    Description

    The AP program allows students to take college-level courses and exams to potentially earn college credit while still in high school.

    Dual Credit allows high school students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit by completing courses at their high school.

    The International Baccalaureate program allows high school students to take college-level courses and exams to potentially earn an international diploma and college credit while still in high school.

    Dual Enrollment allows high school students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit by completing courses at their high school in conjunction with an online platform provided by the University of Texas at Austin.

    Credit

    College credit is awarded based on the score the student receives on the AP exam. Public schools in Texas must award credit for a score of 3 or better, and no school will award credit for a score lower than 3.

    Credit is awarded when the student passes the course with a 70% or better. The student will receive high school credit (usually 1.0) and college hours (usually 3 per semester).

    College credit is awarded based on the score the student receives on IB coursework and exams. Public schools in Texas must award any student making a 4 or higher rating in all six subject areas a minimum of 24 hours.

    The SCUC teacher awards high school credit if the student passes the course with a 70% or better.  The faculty of UT Austin awards college credit (usually 3 per semester or year depending upon discipline) if the student earns a D- or better in the college portion of the course.

    Teachers - Instructors

    AP courses are taught by high school teachers trained by The College Board.

    Dual Credit courses are taught by college instructors and/or high school teachers qualified to serve as adjunct professors.

    IB courses are taught by high school teachers trained by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

    Dual Enrollment courses are taught by highly qualified SCUC teachers in conjunction with faculty from the University of Texas at Austin.

    College and University

    Acceptance

    AP scores are accepted throughout the nation. However, students should note individual college and university requirements for credit may vary. Students should check with each school’s policy.

    Dual Credit hours are accepted at public colleges and universities in Texas. Other colleges and universities MAY accept the hours, but students should check with each school’s policy.

    IB scores are accepted internationally as well as throughout the nation. However, students should note individual college and university requirements may vary. Students should check with each school’s policy.

    Dual Enrollment hours are accepted at public colleges and universities in Texas. Other colleges and universities MAY accept the hours, but students should check with each school’s policy.

    Location

    AP courses are taught at the high school.

    Dual credit courses are taught at the high school.

    IB courses are taught at the high school.

    Dual Enrollment courses are taught at the student’s high school.

    Rigor

    College Level Rigor - AP courses are standardized and controlled by\The College Board.

    College Level Rigor - Dual Credit course syllabi are submitted and approved by individual departments at Alamo Colleges.

    College Level Rigor – IB courses are standardized internationally and controlled by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

    College Level Rigor - Dual Enrollment provides SCUC students the opportunity to experience courses exactly as they would receive instruction at the UT Austin campus. UT Austin provides all curriculum and resources for these courses.

     

    Cost

    $93 per exam; $13 free/reduced lunch

    Free of charge

    $93 per exam; $13 free/reduced lunch

    Free of charge

    Textbooks

    Textbooks are provided by the school district.

    Textbooks are provided by the school district.

    Textbooks are provided by the school district.

    Curriculum and instructional resources are provided by UT Austin.

    Impact on High

    School GPA

    AP courses are weighted 12 points per semester on the GPA, not the individual course grade.

    DC courses are weighted 10 points per semester on the GPA, not the individual course grade.

    IB courses are weighted 12 points per semester on the GPA, not the individual course grade.

    DE courses are weighted 10 points per semester on the GPA, not the individual course grade.

    Research shows that students who participate and are successful in AP, IB, and/or DC courses increase the likelihood of success in college (I.E. maintain a passing average and earn a degree). Advanced academics also earn students additional points in their GPA at the end of each successful semester. Students and parents should note, however, that AP, IB, DE,and DC courses may require an additional time commitment because of the college-level rigor.