ACC Dual Credit Information

Westwood ACC Dual Credit Contact

              Janet Kirk, Counselor Westwood High School                                     
              Office hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 8 - 5

Tuesday, November 19 
ACC Dual Credit Information Night 
ACC Enrollment & Outreach Specialist Presentation
 Makeisha Muwana, ACC
Janet Kirk, Westwood
6 - 7:30

ACC Dual Credit Calendar
for 2020

                               Spring 2020 ACC Classes

September 3 - 18

New ACC students - Complete steps for Enrollment and turn in all documents by Sept 18
                    - see Ms Kirk (Tuesdays & Wednesdays 8 - 5 in the main office)
Returning ACC students - Pick up and Complete WHS DC Course Form 
                 DUE by September 18
                                **Students in English Comp I will receive their form in class.

Wednesday, September 18 DEADLINE  LAST day to turn in ACC contract/ DC course form to Ms. Kirk


Monday, October 14 - returning students
Monday, October 28 - new ACC students

                  Summer '20 and Fall '20 ACC Classes 

January 15 – Parent Information Night – ACC Dual Credit sessions

January 16,17 & 22– ACC Dual Credit Student Information Sessions

Sessions in the lecture hall during both lunches – please come at the beginning and bring your lunch
ACC Enrollment process, Testing, Advising, Dual Course lists etc will be covered and handouts given during this time.  Returning ACC Students need not attend.
February – 
February - Pick up  & Complete Dual Credit forms (Deadline 3/8/19 at noon)
February 8 - TSI Testing (Saturday) $20 and PAA Due by Feb 5th
February 17th- Testing (Monday, student holiday)$20 and PAA Due by Feb 12

March – 
            March 4 – Dual Credit forms due
                                               by NOON!!

March 30– Online Registration for returning students opens
April 13 - Online Registration for new students opens

April 17 – Copy of Summer ACC Course schedule due to alpha counselor

May - 
May ? - Online Registration for returning students opens
May ?- 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.

ACC Application

Click here and here 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.

                             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 ’19-20 school year Westwood will offer

English III – Composition I and II
English IV – British Literature
These English classes are taught by our own teachers and the course is part of the regular
block schedule

US Government and Economics will  be offered 4/8 for fall - seniors only
Texas Government and US History 1301 will be offered in the spring 2020 - seniors & juniors
These classes are taught by ACC Adjunct professors on our campus

Are classes offered at Westwood in the summer?
No, all classes are offered on the ACC campuses. There are multiple sections of classes restricted for RRISD students only, however a student can take whatever class best suits their needs.

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?    Tuition and fee waivers only apply to core classes, language courses and workforce courses leading to a certificate or associate’s degree.  See Ms Kirk for questions.


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. There are some ZTC classes, where materials are available online for free the first day of class.

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


Is it all free? When completing online registration, always check to see if a payment is required.  There are a few classes that workbooks are part of the class and must be paid for or the student is dropped from the class.  It is wise to always check this when completing the process.


Do I have to order a transcript? How much does it cost? Students must order a transcript once they have completed the course so grades/credits can be placed on their high school transcript.  At this point transcripts are free.
1) Click on Students (top bar)
2) Click Online Services ( tab on right side and Log In)
3) Click on Current Students
4) Go to Academic Profile
5) Click Transcript Order
6) Select one of the three sending options:
               Hold until grades are posted   OR    send immediately   OR    return to order detail screen
7) Send to:    Janet Kirk, Counselor
                     Westwood High School
                      12400 Mellow Meadow
                      Austin, Texas 78750