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College Credit Programs


Communications Arts High School offers students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school through three college credit programs: Dual Credit, Advanced Placement, and OnRamps.


  • affiliated with Northwest Vista College
  • earn up to 42 college credits or 14 courses
  • requires an application process
  • requires passing TSIA2 Test scores or eligible PSAT scores
  • for more information about the Dual Credit program, visit the NVC Dual Credit or contact Jill Barton


  • affiliated with College Board
  • no limit on course enrollment
  • no application required
  • must register and pay for AP exam to earn college credit with a score of 3 or higher
  • college credit earned by passing the AP exam and submitting AP scores to eligible colleges or universities
  • for more information about Advanced Placement, visit College Board or contact Elizabeth Lewis


  • affiliated with University of Texas at Austin
  • students complete coursework designed by college professors through the same online platforms they will use in college
  • earn two separate grades for college and high school
  • low risk
    • students have the option to decline the course letter grade at the end of the year
    • students accepting credit will have coursework on a UT transcript
  • no limit on course enrollment (suggest a max of 2 per year)
  • no application required
  • each course has its own prerequisites
  • may require TSI2 or SAT test to maintain eligibility
  • for more information about OnRamps, visit UT OnRamps or contact Jaime Frias

The Dual Credit program offers students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school after completing an enrollment process. Each December, non-dual credit students receive an email with information about the dual credit enrollment process from Mrs. Jill Barton, the dual credit liaison. Interested students are added to a Dual Credit Schoology course that contains the various steps and deadlines for enrollment.


  • ENGLISH 3 AP/DUAL (ENGL 1301/1302: Composition I & II)--juniors only
  • ENGLISH 4 AP/DUAL (ENGL 2323/2328: British Literature II and American Literature II)--seniors only


  • BIOLOGY AP/DUAL (BIOL 1406/1407: Biology for Science Majors)--seniors only
  • CALCULUS AB AP/DUAL (MATH 2413: Calculus I)--seniors only
  • CALCULUS BC AP/DUAL (MATH 2414: Calculus II)--seniors only
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AP/DUAL (BIOL 2406: Environmental Biology)--seniors only
  • ISM COLLEGE ALGEBRA AP/DUAL (MATH 1414: College Algebra (PreCal track)--juniors and seniors
  • PRECALCULUS AP/DUAL (MATH 1414: College Algebra)--juniors and seniors
  • STATISTICS AP/DUAL (MATH 1342: Elementary Statistical Methods)--juniors and seniors
  • SPANISH 3 PRE-AP/DUAL (SPAN 2311/2312: Intermediate Spanish I & II)--all grade levels

*Course offerings are subject to change due to teacher availability and scheduling.

Part of the enrollment process requires testing for college readiness through the Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) in three areas: English/Reading, Math, and Writing. Resources for preparing for the TSIA2:


Communications Arts focuses on college prep and look for our students to challenge themselves academically by taking AP courses. To learn more about what Advanced Placement is, visit the College Board site. Students enrolled in AP courses are expected to take their AP exams (including AP courses taken at Taft) in May. Every student has been "opted in" and will have an exam ordered for them. ComArts offers AP courses on 

  • US Government and Politics
  • Calculus AB
  • Human Geography
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Spanish Literature and Composition
  • US History
  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Spanish Language and Composition
  • Psychology
  • English Language and Composition
  • World History
  • Macroeconomics
  • French Language
  • Statistics 

*Course offerings are subject to change due to teacher availability and scheduling.


Payment for AP Tests for current AP students can be made through My School Bucks.


Students have the opportunity to take a variety of OnRamps courses in math, science, and a fine art. 

  • Arts and Entertainment 
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Physics
  • College Algebra
  • Chemistry
  • Geoscience

*Course offerings are subject to change due to teacher availability and scheduling.

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