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DUAL Credit

Dual Credit

What is Dual Credit?

Students taking dual credit courses earn college credit while in high school. The credits transfer to public colleges in Texas and many private and out of state colleges.

We have partnered with the Laredo Community College (LCC) to offer dual credit courses to all high school students.


Why take Dual Credit courses?

Students can save money by completing many of their “core” college courses while still in high school. Students who take dual credit classes are also better prepared for the challenge of college.


Who teaches Dual Credit?

Dual credit courses are taught by qualified instructors with LCC credentials, a Master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in the area they teach.


How does the credit transfer to college?

Grades for dual credit classes are transcribed on both the high school and college transcripts. After graduation, the  ZHS transcript must be sent to the student’s college of choice for a transcript review. The intended college will then award credit according to their policies.


How is Dual Credit different from AP?

Both Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credit classes develop the skills needed to be successful in college and both are great ways for students to earn college credit. In fact, many courses give students the option of Dual Credit and/or AP credit.

The main difference between Dual Credit and AP is what qualifies you for college credit. Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ (70) or higher in their Dual Credit course to get college credit for the course. To earn college credit in AP, a student must take an AP exam and earn a qualifying score of 3 or higher (on a scale of 1 to 5). Learn more about AP.