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Private High School Dual Credit

Welcome to Lone Star College Montgomery's Private School Dual Credit headquarters!

We want to provide you with all of the information you need to start taking advantage of the wonderful dual credit opportunities that we have to offer you.

New Private School Dual Credit Student Checklist

+ Click here to view the steps to becoming a LSC dual credit student.

  • Meet with your high school dual credit counselor to discuss dual credit options. The counselor will also be your main contact for questions regarding registration, payment, and general concerns surrounding the dual credit program.
  • If approved, please complete the checklist items below: Note: Your counselor may already have scheduled dates for you to complete the items below.
  1. Complete the LSC Admissions Application through Apply Texas.
  2. Check your email for your LSC username and ID number. You will usually receive this within 24-48 hours of completing the application. Save this information! You will need it to complete the registration paperwork.
  3. Create a password for your MyLoneStar account and log into your student portal at my.LoneStar.edu.
  4. Satisfy Bacterial Meningitis Requirement.
    • This is only required if you are attending an in-person or hybrid class on the college campus. You do NOT need to complete this step if you are attending a class at your school.
  5. Complete the Pre-Assessment Activity. The activity is found in your myLoneStar student checklist. (Skip this step if you have taken the SAT, ACT, or PSAT).
  6. Complete Placement Testing (ACT, SAT, PSAT, and/ or TSIA2 Testing).
    • The testing fee is waived for all first-time dual credit testers. All first-time testers MUST take the full exam. Students can re-take sections of the exam for a small fee. Please visit our testing center website for more information.
    • TSI testing can be completed either via remote proctoring or in-person proctoring at a LSC campus. Remote proctoring has an additional fee of $25 per administration. Please visit our testing center website for instructions on signing up for remote and in-person testing.
  7. Complete the Dual Credit Packet which includes the following documents:
  8. Submit packet to counselor or dual credit coordinator at your school for signatures and registration. If you took the SAT, PSAT, or ACT please include a full score report in your packet to your counselor.
  9. After registration is complete, your counselor will notify you to make payment for your classes. Instructions for payment can be found HERE.

Returning Private School Dual Credit Student Checklist

+ Click here to view the steps needed to register for your next semester of Dual Credit classes.

  1. Meet with your high school dual credit counselor to request courses.
  2. Satisfy Bacterial Meningitis Requirement. (Skip this step if you are taking ONLY online courses, courses at your high school, or if you have already completed this requirement.)
  3. Complete the Dual Credit Exceptional Admissions and Parental Consent Form (Registration Form) and turn it in to your dual credit counselor.
    • This form must contain all 3 signatures. Your counselor will complete the course section of the form.
  4. After registration is complete, your counselor will notify you to make payment for your classes. Instructions for payment can be found HERE.

***DUAL CREDIT STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SELF-REGISTER OR DROP.***

LSC- Montgomery Private School Dual Credit FAQs

+ What is the difference between dual credit and college credit only courses?

Dual credit courses must be approved and signed off on as accepted as dual credit by your high school. If the course qualifies for dual credit, it will also qualify for a reduced tuition waiver. College credit only classes are those that the HS designates as not eligible for high school credit. This can occur if the student has already taken an equivalent course, or the ISD doesn’t accept that course as dual credit. College credit only classes are not eligible for the reduced tuition waiver, and therefore students are required to pay full tuition.

+ What is the difference between dual credit, advanced placement, and articulated credit?

Dual Credit: College-level courses taken to receive college and high school credit at the same time. Courses are taught by an instructor who meets the LSC master’s degree requirements for that subject area and the student will receive a grade on their LSC transcript and their HS transcript. Classes are guaranteed to transfer to Texas Public Institutions and generally transfer to many surrounding state institutions.

Advanced Placement (AP): College-level courses offered in high school designed by committees of college faculty and AP teachers. Student must take a comprehensive exam at the end of the school year in order to achieve credit. The AP exam score required to achieve college credit varies from school to school. If the student does not pass the exam, no credit is awarded and the student does not receive a college transcript during HS.

Articulated Credit: Receive college credit for taking high school technical courses at community colleges participating in the Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) program.

To review a more detailed comparison of the three college credit options, please click here.

+ May I take summer courses?

Depending on your high school's approval, you may take dual credit or college credit only courses. If you take college credit only courses you will be responsible for paying full tuition. You may take two courses each summer term (Summer I & Summer II). Summer courses are more accelerated than regular length classes because they are only six weeks long. (Please see your high school counselor for more information.)

+ May I take mini-term courses in May or December?

Depending on your high school's approval, you may take dual credit or college credit only courses. If you take college credit only courses you will be responsible for paying full tuition. You may take one course each mini-term (May/ December). Mini-term courses are extremely accelerated compared to regular length classes because they are only three to four weeks long. We do not recommend mini-term courses to our dual credit students because of this. (Please see your high school counselor for more information.)

+ May I take online courses?

If your high school permits it, dual credit students are allowed to take online courses. See your dual credit counselor for more information on their online coursework policies. Online courses come in two different formats – “Online Your Time – 100% Online” and “Online Live – with Scheduled Online Meeting”. 

  • “Online Your Time – 100% Online”: Doesn’t have a set time or day of the week that students must attend classes.  They are responsible for completing the work on their own time while meeting the deadlines set by the instructor each week within D2L.
  • “Online Live – with Scheduled Online Meeting”: Has one or more virtual class meeting times scheduled each week.  The student must attend these virtual meetings for the course as well as complete the online materials within D2L. (Please see your high school counselor for more information.)

+ What happens if I fail a dual credit course?

If you fail a dual credit course, or make a grade below a C, you will no longer be eligible to continue in the dual credit program. If you fail a dual credit course in the middle of the academic year, you will be moved from your dual credit course into a non-DC course in the following semester and will not be permitted to continue.

+ I want to take a higher level math (Trig, Pre-Cal, Cal) instead of College Algebra. How do I qualify?

For all of the following, you must submit qualifying test scores (TSI, PSAT, SAT, or ACT) and place in at least college level in college algebra (Math 1314).

In order to qualify for Trigonometry or Calculus of Business & Social Sciences (Math 1316, Math 1325) you must submit qualifying test scores in all subject areas as well as qualifying test scores such as SAT, ACT, or NextGen Math.

In order to qualify for other upper level math courses such as Pre-calculus or Calculus I (Math 2412, Math 2413) you must submit qualifying test scores in all subject areas as well as qualifying test scores such as SAT, ACT, or NextGen Math AND have successful completion of high school trigonometry or pre-calculus with a B or better.

In order to qualify for Calculus II or Calculus III (Math 2414, Math 2415) students must provide qualifying test scores as well as a departmental exam. Please contact your high school counselor for more information.

+ Does the cost include books?

No, the reduced tuition that you pay as a dual credit student do not cover the cost of books.

+ How do I drop/ withdraw from my course(s)?

Unless otherwise directed by your dual credit counselor, you may drop your course by meeting with a LSC advisor.  You must bring a signed form from your high school administrator in order to drop your dual credit classes. If you wish to withdraw after the "Official Day of Record" according to the LSC calendar, your college transcript will reflect a "W" for withdraw from the course(s). "W"s for dual credit courses do not count toward the six drop limit. Standard LSC refund policies will apply.

+ What happens if I transfer high schools after classes have started?

If you transfer high schools after the first day of classes, you will be dropped from your dual credit courses if the W date has not passed. If the W date has passed, please work with your high school and dual credit teacher to arrange completion of the coursework, if possible.

+ Do I need to make an appointment to TSI test or to meet with an advisor?

For testing, please visit our testing center website for instructions on completing remote and in-person testing. For advising, you may visit advisors anytime during regular business hours or request a virtual meeting by visiting our student resources website.

+ Will my dual credit classes transfer?

Yes! All the academic classes that are eligible for dual credit are part of the core curriculum at LSC. This means that these classes will transfer to any Texas public institution. Dual credit classes also transfer to several surrounding state schools as well as Texas private schools as well. Always contact your prospective college or university for information on transfer and DC course acceptance.

+ What does the dual credit waiver cover?

The dual credit waiver reduces tuition cost for each LSC class. The dual credit waiver does not cover additional lab fees or textbooks. For a visual aid on LSC Dual Credit vs. LSC College Credit Cost Comparison, please click here.

+ How many dual credit classes can I take each semester?

In a full semester (16-wk) you can take up to a maximum of 18 credit hours. In the summer semester you may take up to 2 courses in each 6-wk session. You may take a maximum of 1 course during the mini-mester. It is strongly recommended that new dual credit students take no more than 2-3 courses in the first semester of the program.

+ What tests can I use to qualify to take dual credit courses? Do I need to take the full TSI exam to take dual credit?

PSAT, SAT, ACT, or TSI scores can be used to qualify for dual credit. Please see testing page for more information on test score requirements.

If it is your first time taking the TSI exam as dual credit student and you do not have any other qualifying test scores in the LSC system, you MUST take the full TSI exam. If you have partial qualifying scores in the LSC system you may take the just the portion of the test you need to qualify in other subject areas. The TSI testing fee for dual credit students is waived for the first visit only, regardless of whether or not you take the full exam.

+ Why would I need to fill out a FERPA form?

Even though your student may be under the age of 18, as a LSC dual credit student they are still covered under the federal guidelines that restrict Lone Star College from communicating with anyone other than the student. Completion of this form would allow parents/ guardians the right to access their child's academic records. FERPA does not require college instructors, advisors, or other college entities to correspond with parents/ guardians outside the realms of the request. Alternatively, you may provide a copy of your tax return showing the student as a dependent in order to achieve access to academic records. While this document is not required, it is highly recommended.

+ At what age can students enroll?

While there is no age requirement to enroll in dual credit classes, students under the age of 14 must meet with the dual credit manager or director in order to obtain permission to enroll in classes. Students 15 years of age and younger must have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult present on campus at all times while they are on campus. Parents are not allowed to sit in the classroom with their children.

+ How do I search for classes?

Please meet with your high school's dual credit counselor to discuss dual credit options. Once you have determined which courses can be accepted as dual credit, you may need to search for available courses. You can click here for instructions on how to class search.

+ Who do I meet with to register for classes?

Please meet with your high school's dual credit counselor to discuss dual credit options. The counselor will also be your main contact for questions regarding registration, payment, and general concerns surrounding the dual credit program. Without high school approval, students may not register for dual credit courses. 

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