High School Courses for College Credit

  • Take College Classes as a Lubbock ISD Student

    As students work toward high school graduation, they can also be earning college credits. Lubbock ISD academic programs offer middle and high school students several college credit programs. These programs are Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, CTE Articulated and Dual Credit, Estacado High School Early College High School (ECHS), and Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate (IB). These opportunities provide a pathway toward both high school and college credits.

    Benefits of College-Level Study in High School

    Taking college-level classes in high school can introduce students to new academic passions and the excitement of exploring interesting subjects in depth. It can also help them:

    • Learn the time-management skills, study skills, and discipline they will need in college.
    • Improve their chances of getting into the college of their choice.
    • Improve their chances of qualifying for scholarships.
    • Free up enough time in college for them to double major or take part in programs like study abroad.
    • Graduate from college on time or early, which will save them money.
    • The program students take to earn college credit will depend on a number of factors, including their academic abilities; their areas of interest; their economic situation; their career aspirations and college choice; their graduation plan; and their ability to engage, connect and leverage the options before them.

    Whether students are looking to get an early start on college credits or are looking to enhance their high school transcript, one or more of these programs may be for them. 

    Next Move

    Students should talk to their alpha counselor, principal, or teachers to find out which options for earning college credit may work for them. Also, students should investigate how these credits will transfer at the college and the program of study they plan to pursue.

    Hereafter is a brief explanation of each program and a consideration of its benefits and challenges. Use this information to take a leap forward, and ultimately make the college experience more affordable, efficient, and enriching.

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Courses and Exams

  • Dual Enrollment, Dual Credit, CTE Articulated and Dual Credit, Early College High School

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program