ACC Dual Credit Information

ACC Dual Credit Contacts

  •             Janet Kirk: Westwood Counselor (office hours Tuesday and Wednesday at Westwood)

  •       Jason Sanchez:  ACC Enrollment and Outreach Specialist

ACC Dual Credit Calendar

Spring ‘18
January –

January 17 – Parent Information Night – ACC Dual Credit sessions @ 5:45pm and 6:45pm (see agenda

January 18 & 19 – ACC Dual Credit Lunch Information Sessions
12:25 – 2:35 in the lecture hall – please come at the beginning  of your lunch and bring your lunch
February – 

February 10 - TSI Testing (Saturday) $ and PAA Due by Feb 7
February 19 – TSI Testing (Monday, student holiday)$ and PAA Due by Feb 14

March – 

March 8 – Dual Credit forms for Smr & Fall ‘18 due to JKirk by 4pm
March 27– 29 ACC Advising 12:25– 2:35 during all 3 lunches
March 27 & 28 - 9th and 10th graders
March 29  - 11th graders  & make ups

April -   
April 2– Online Registration for returning students opens
April 16 - Online Registration for new students opens

April 20 – Summer Course schedules due to counselor

May - 
May 14 - Online Registration for returning students opens
May 29 - Online Registration for new students opens

General Information

Students and parents should view the ACC/ECSPowerPoint Presentation and read the updated list of approved Dual Credit Courses.

Transfer Information to colleges and universities
ACC's transfer guide -

Texas General Education Core Curriculum   - allows you to search Texas college/ university core curriculum requirements for course planning.

                             Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

When can students begin taking courses at ACC? Students can begin as soon as the summer following 8th grade, however we advise most students wait until after at least their freshman year in high school. There is a certain level of maturity and responsibility that comes with taking these courses and it is the beginning of a college transcript!! 

What courses are offered at Westwood? For the ’18-’19 school year Westwood will offer English III – Composition I and II and English IV – British Literature.  This is taught by our own teacher, Ms. Drown. Government and Economics will be offered during 4th/8th blocks by ACC Adjunct professors on our campus – these classes are for seniors only. 

What can you tell me about Distance Learning courses? DL classes are offered for many of the Dual Credit courses.  We strongly encourage students to take their first college course in a classroom with a professor and students to get the college feel and to have a solid experience.  Fifty % of students that take DL classes fail – not good odds.  Successful students that take DL classes are highly motivated, responsible, dedicated, disciplined and need little direction or interaction with teachers/ professors.  Students are their “own professor” and have to take tests at the college, however there are a few courses that tests can be taken from home.

Are grades calculated into GPA?  In RRISD, grades made in Dual Credit courses are not part of the GPA. Courses and grades however are part of the high school transcript. Grades at ACC are letter ( A, B C) and once put on the high school transcript they are changed to numeric grades ( A = 95, B = 85, C= 75).   

What grade do I need to make in order to get high school credit?  Students must make a C or better to get high school credit.

What is SAP? Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) College records are permanent.  Therefore, it’s important to maintain satisfactory academic progress while enrolled at ACC, even as a dually enrolled high school student.  Failure to do so may affect future college financial aid and/ or transfer eligibility.  The elements of SAP are Grade Point Average, Competition Rate, and Maximum Time Frame.

All dually enrolled HS program students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0.  Students who fall below a cumulative GPA of 2.0 will lose their tuition waiver for one probationary semester.  Failure to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for two semesters (consecutive or nonconsecutive) will result in a student being ineligible for the dual credit tuition & fee waiver.  Dually enrolled students who don’t maintain good academic standing are subject to further disciplinary action as outlined in the ACC Catalog & Student Handbook.

Do I need an ACC ID?   It is recommended students who are taking a class on an ACC campus or online, that they acquire their free ACC student ID card sometime the first week of their class.  If a student is already in a class, they don't need to get one now unless they really want to go up to campus.   They can obtain it in person at any campus Admissions & Records Office. They can use their ID card to access on-campus services and receive local discounts. 

Here is the criteria for them to receive one: Allow one business day after registering for classes.
                     Bring an official photo ID for identification.
          Student ID cards cannot be mailed.
               If they lose it and need a replacement, the fee is $10. 


What if I don’t have a social security number?  There is a form to fill out to get you an alternate id to use for ACC’s purpose only.  See Mrs. Kirk.

I don’t know my major, do I have to fill out those sections of the application?  YES!  If you don’t know which Area of Study or major you want, then use Liberal Arts and General Studies.  

This application seems like one for college – is that the correct one for ACC Dual Credit?  Yes, you are taking a college course and must go through the same application system as a high school graduate.

“College Readiness”

Can I use my SAT scores from middle school?  Yes, SAT & ACT scores are good for 5 years.

Can I use my PSAT 8/9 scores?  No

Can I use my PSAT/NMSQT scores?  Yes (taken on or after 2015) you must have a 460 (EBRW) for Reading and Writing and  510  (Math) for classes that involve math (ex. math, science, economics classes)

For TSI testing, can I just complete the Reading and Writing portions?  No, you must take the entire test which includes math as well.

How do I take the TSI test at ACC?  Please call the closest campus and ask about their testing hours.  Make sure that you take a copy of the PAA, Photo ID and payment. 

Where do I get practice material – what is on the test?


Can I take classes not on the Approved Dual Credit list?  Yes, you can take other courses, watch for courses that may have prerequisites.  Tuition and fee waivers only apply to core classes, language courses and workforce courses leading to a certificate or associate’s degree.  You will only receive college credit for those courses.


Are books provided for me?  No, you will have to purchase, rent or borrow a book.  Your professor will have information in their syllabus about books required.

Where can I get the books?  ACC bookstore, ACC library, Halfprice books, Amazon

ACC Application

Click here and here for to download detailed Enrollment Steps and Important Dual Credit Information

1. Students must create an account and then start/complete an application.  These are two separate tasks. 

2. In the application, when students are getting to the high school attended portion.  The dates they attended from should be the year they started at the high school and the attended to should be their actual grad year.  If not done correctly, they will get unnecessary holds that may prevent them from registering on time. 

3. In the application, when they get to the question that asks for the basis of admission.  Students MUST select "High School Dual Credit Program (Receiving Both High School and College Credit)."  If students do NOT select this then they will not receive a confirmation with their ACCeID.  If they select high school graduate or anything else other than what I just listed, then students will have to reapply with the correct basis of admission.  They use their same account, but select "Create a New Application" (see attached screenshot) and hopefully do it correctly.

4. If the student has applied correctly, they should receive a confirmation email with their ACCeID - 24 hours after applying. 

ONLINE Registration
Once you have applied to ACC and completed the enrollment steps, here are instructions for signing up for a class online.


After a nearly three year hiatus, PSAT scores can be used once again to show college readiness and temporarily waive students from taking the TSI while they are in high school. 

THECB passed changes to rule 4.85 to include the PSAT scores taken on or after October 15, 2015
  • A score of 460 on the evidence-based reading and writing (EBRW)
  • A score of 510 on the mathematics
Mixing or combining scores from the PSAT/NMSQT administered prior to October 15, 2015 and the PSAT/NMSQT administered on or after October 15, 2015  is not allowable.

This is effective for Summer 2018.