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Clark Dual Credit Program

What is Dual Credit?

Dual credit classes are classes that you take in high school that also give you college credits in the state of Texas at the same time. This is a great opportunity for you because the dual credit program is completely free of charge! You could graduate from high school with up to 30 hours of college credit before even stepping onto a college campus! (That's one entire year already completed!)

How is Dual Credit different from AP?

  • In Dual Credit Classes, college credit is earned upon completion of the class with a grade of "C" or higher (no additional test)
  • In an Advance Placement (AP) class, college credit is not earned until a student takes and achieves a certain score on an AP test.
  • AP Credit is not automatically transmitted on the college transcript: students must follow through with the admission procedure to have the credit posted on the college transcript.
  • An AP course grade does not appear on a student's permanent college transcript.
  • Dual Credit courses generally transfer to most Texas Public Universities (always check with the school, you want to attend about transfer credits)
  • AP Scores are accepted at most colleges and universities across the Nation (qualifying scores may differ)

How does Dual Credit work?

  • Students earn two sets of grades:
    • one for the college which will be calculated into the overall college GPA and automatically transmitted on the college transcript
    • one for the high school which will be calculated into the high school GPA and transmitted on the high school transcript
  • DC courses are designed off a college curriculum and taught by high school teachers approved and hired as adjunct college instructors.
  • If the student does not qualify for DC, they can still be enrolled in the course but can only earn AP credit

What are the advanatages of Dual Credit?

  1. It saves money! Students can earn up to two courses of college credit each semester at no cost. It reduces the cost of tuition and textbooks resulting in thousands of dollars in savings.
  2. It gets many prerequisites out of the way.
  3. Students take on the responsibilities of being a college student, potentially easing the transition from high school to college.

Who should take Dual Credit?

  • The Dual Credit Program is designed for high school juniors and seniors (and some sophomores) seeking to get a jump on their college careers.
  • Students who have test scores that indicate they are ready to enter the program and who feel comfortable doing college level work should consider Dual Credit.
  • Students are allowed to take up to 15 college hours per semester of Dual courses.
  • Students can take up to 14 total courses in High School for Dual Credit! (Some classes count as two courses though; for example, English Three AP Dual at Clark is ENGL 1301 and 1302 at NVC.

I already applied for Dual Credit? Do I have to reapply?

If you are currently enrolled in Dual Credit courses, you do not need to reapply. You must reapply if you previously applied but did not register/attend. You must reapply if you applied and attended but stopped coming for 12 months. So, unless you have taken Dual Credit courses continuously, you probably need to reapply. (Example: If you took Spanish Dual as a freshman but nothing as a sophomore, you WILL need to reapply for your Junior year). If you are not sure, check with Coach Kelly.

How many Dual Credit classes can I take?

You are allowed to take a total of 14 Dual Credit Classes. (Note, most Dual classes at Clark count as two NVC Dual Classes. For example, English Three AP/Dual is ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302). Click here for the list of college credits received. You cannot take more than 15 hours in any given semester. (Note, you should only take the extra Dual courses if you were planning to take the AP equivalent already. These are advanced classes; do not take more just because you can)!


Subject High School Course Name College Course Name Session Type College Hours
English English III AP/Dual ENGL 1301/1302 (Composition 1 & 2) Fall + Spring 6
  English IV AP/Dual ENGL 2322/2323 (British Lit 1 & 2) Fall + Spring 6
  English IV Honors Dual ENGL 1301/1302 (Composition 1 & 2) Fall + Spring 6
History US History AP/Dual HIST 1301/1302 (US History 1 & 2) Fall + Spring 6
  Government AP/Dual GOVT 2305 (Federal Government) Fall or Spring 3
Science Biology AP/Dual BIOL 1406/1407 (Bio for Science Majors 1 & 2) Fall + Spring 8
Math ISM College Algebra Dual MATH 1414 (College Algebra) Year-Long 4
  Statistics AP/Dual MATH 1442 (Elem. Stat. Methods) Year-Long 4
  Pre-Calculus PAP/Dual MATH 1414 (College Algebra Pre-Cal Track) Fall  4
    MATH 2412 (Precalculus) Spring 4
  Calculus AB AP/Dual MATH 2413 (Calculus 1) Year-Long 4
  Calculus BC AP/Dual MATH 2413/2414 (Calculus 1 & 2) Fall + Spring 8
Spanish Spanish III PAP/Dual SPAN 2311/2312 (Int. Spanish 1 & 2) Fall + Spring 6
Sociology Sociology Honors/Dual SOCI 1301 (Sociology) Fall or Spring 3
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