Acord to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, dual credit as a system in which an eligible high school student enrolls in college course(s) and receives credit for the course(s) from both the college and high school.
Benefits of taking Dual Credit Courses
- Gain first-hand experience with college-level work while attending high school
- Transition more smoothly between high school and college
- Transfer credits earned in high school to Texas public colleges and universities
- Complete a postsecondary degree faster
- Save money on college tuition
College Grades VS High School Grades
If a student is taking an HCC class taught by an HCC professor (that is not an HISD employee) you will notice there is no grade on progress reports or report cards. We get final grade from HCC and input straight to transcript.
If a class is dual credit, all grades (including those on report card and progress reports) are really like progress reports the entire time. The purpose of the one grade you see is to give you a snapshot of how student is doing.
However, it is very important you do not rely on this grade as anything more than a snapshot this moment in time. Please review course syllabus which is more telling of how final grade will be calculated. In some cases, HCC final exam carries significant weight when determining final HCC grade. Professors are bound by policies set forth by their department chairs and deans.
Once SECHS receives final HCC grade, it will be posted to transcript.
Please know we use the following table to assign grades on high school from HCC grade. Also, be advised students receive quality GPA points for all dual credit courses.