Southwest Christian School has developed a strong dual credit program. Through these courses many SCS students graduate with college credit, some receiving upwards of 30 hours. Additionally SCS offers several AP courses as another means of achieving college credit. Determining which option is best for an individual student can be challenging. Below is a list of considerations and benefits to each option:
How is the grade determined?
How is the grade transferred?
For Duel Credit, currently $440 per 3 hour course + textbook.
Dual Credit is accepted by most in-state schools and some private. No guarantees. May not be accepted at more selective private schools. Acceptance can depend on a student’s major and degree plan.
A Dual Credit grade is based on a full semester of class work, tests and exam. The same grade is posted on the SCS and Texas Wesleyan University transcript.
Dual Credit students will have a Texas Wesleyan University transcript indicating all college credits earned.
$90 per end of course exam + textbook for AP.
AP is accepted by most institutions. Exam score to receive credit varies by subject and university.
AP Students will receive a semester grade on the SCS transcript. AP credit is solely based on the score earned on the AP exam administered in May.
AP students will request their AP score to be sent to the college. Scores range from 1-5 with a 3 or higher needed to receive credit (in most cases).
Entering college with a large number of credits can be beneficial to students wanting to take fewer hours per semester or students intending to graduate from college early to pursue an advanced degree. Many schools require students to declare their major at the completion of 30-45 hours. If your student is unsure of his or her future plans, this can unnecessarily accelerate such decisions. Most colleges require all coursework be taken on campus once a student has completed a designated number of hours. This can result in limited options for taking courses (i.e. summer school/Jan terms) at another school.
* It is the responsibility of the student to check each university’s policy on dual credit and AP requirements. Each Dual Credit course, require a student to have a laptop for class.