Dual Credit For High School Students
Published or Revised September 15, 2014
Any student who has completed the sophomore year of high school may be permitted to enroll at Paris Junior College upon the recommendation of the high school and meeting TSI requirements.
To enroll in dual credit courses, first-time students must complete the following:
- Application For Admission (One Time Only), available online
- Resident Status Form (One Time Only), available online
- Advisement and Enrollment Form (Every Semester)
- High school transcript (Once Per Year)
- Counselor Approval Letter (Once Per Semester)
- Test scores or exemption documentation.
- If a student wants to enroll in more than two dual credit courses in one semester, they must be TSI exempt in all areas or pass all sections of the TSI Assessment. An approval form must be signed by the High School Principal and a PJC Dean (click here for the approval form). A student enrolling in more than two dual credit courses in a semester must pass all courses during that semester with a grade of C or better to enroll in more than two dual credit courses in the following semester.
- Students must have a bacterial meningitis vaccination if the student takes classes on the PJC campus. Documentation of this vaccination is not needed if the courses are taken on the high school campus.
Returning students should bring to registration their high school transcript and a counselor approval letter from their high school.
Exemptions & Test Scores
Students who meet qualifying standards on certain tests, as indicated below, may be exempt from testing. TAKS, ACT and SAT scores are valid for five years from the date of testing.
- TAKS (exit-level) - 2200 in math and/or 2200 in English/Language Arts (ELA) with a writing subscore of at least 3.
- SAT - a combined score of 1070 with a 500 on the math and/or verbal sections.
- ACT - a composite score of 23 with a 19 on the math and/or English sections.
- STAAR (End of Course) - English III - Level 2 (4000+) and/or Algebra II - Level 2 (4000+)
TSI Waivers while in High School - (An eligible high school student who has enrolled in dual credit under this provision must demonstrate eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in the 12th grade).
- STAAR Dual Credit Eligibility – EOC English II - Level 2 (4000+) and/or Algebra I - Level 2 (4000+) and passing grade in the Algebra II course.
- PSAT – Combined score of 107 on the PSAT with a minimum of 50 on the critical reading and/or math test.
- 1) An eligible high school student who enrolls in a dual credit course requiring TSI completion in reading, writing, or mathematics during their junior year under the PSAT/NMSQT, PLAN, or Aspire provisions and earns a grade of C or better has demonstrated eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in the twelfth grade.
- 2) An eligible high school student who enrolls in a dual credit course requiring TSI completion in reading, writing, or mathematics during their junior year under the PSAT/NMSQT, PLAN, or Aspire provisions and does not earn a grade of C or better must demonstrate eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in the twelfth grade.
If not exempt, students must pass the portion of the TSI Assessment that correlates with the dual credit class.
New TSI Assessment Passing Scores:
- Reading – 351+
- Writing – 363+ with an essay of 4 OR Essay of 5
- Math – 350+
Workforce Education CTE Courses
High school students enrolled in Level I certificates are not required to meet TSI requirements. They are not exempt from TSI if they take dual credit courses that are not included in the Level I certificate.
Students may purchase the required textbooks from Paris Junior College’s bookstore on the main campus or at off-campus locations. Click here to see the dual credit textbook list.
When to Register
Registration times will be published in official Paris Junior College Class Schedules and discussed with area high schools to accommodate their needs as much as possible.
Need-Based Dual Credit Scholarship Program
Student Eligibility Criteria:
- Student must submit a Need-Based Dual Credit Scholarship application with supporting documentation each year funds are requested. Application is available from High School Counselor.
- Student must be a Texas Resident.
- High School must provide documentation of Free/Reduced Lunch eligibility from previous/current year.
- Student must meet testing requirements for enrollment to the course(s) prior to submitting scholarship application. Submit documentation on Scholarship application.
- Students must have all previous debt to the college paid in full.
- Returning student must maintain a 2.5 GPA in prior credit coursework.
- Funds will be awarded by application receipt date. (Funding subject to current legislative action.)
- Student’s second semester eligibility will be based on satisfactory completion of maintaining a 2.5 GPA for previous semester.
- Scholarship funds will be awarded to pay tuition and fees at Paris Junior College for one (1) course for Fall and one (1) course for Spring that is taken on the high school campus.
For more information, contact Dr. Ken Haley, Frank Grimes Center, Room 119, 903.782.0311, or Amie Cato, Administration Building, Room 149, 903.782.0425.