Dual Credit

Pleasanton High School Dual Credit Information


Pleasanton High School offers dual credit courses through agreements with Delmar College and Coastal Bend College. 


Academic dual credit courses are classes that a student takes that count as high school and college credit.  These typically transfer as a "college basic" to other Texas institutions. Some common courses PHS students take are History 1301 and 1302 for their junior year, Government 2305 their senior year, and English 1301 and 1302 for their junior or senior year English.  PHS does not have any teachers on campus teaching these courses so they must be taken online.  Students should be able to work independently without the day to day guidance of a live teacher and must be able to monitor their own performance. Students receive high school credit for these classes but these grades do not figure into a students grade point average.  PHS facilitates enrollment in academic dual credit courses through Delmar College.


PHS is pleased to currently offer academic dual credit law enforcement/criminal justice courses to students interested in this career  through an agreement with Coastal Bend College.  Students interested in these courses should speak to their law enforcement instructor.


Workforce or CTE dual credit courses are courses that students take that are part of a certificate program through an agreement with a community college.  These courses typically do not transfer to other institutions.  Currently PHS offers these course in our health science department.  These courses are part of a certificate program at Coastal Bend College.  PHS students interested in Cosmetology may have the opportunity to take courses at Coastal Bend College.  Students should check with their counselor for more information.



Cost of Courses

Costs of a dual credit course are typically $100-$200 per semester per course plus the cost of books and materials. 

For example, a junior taking History 1301 and History 1302 can expect to spend $100 per semester plus the cost of 2 books, around $100 each. 


Steps for Enrolling in Academic Dual Credit



Students should talk to their counselor about what class(es) they wants to pursue for dual credit. Students should be self motivated students and able to work independently without the supervision of a teacher.  Classes are online and most of the subject matter will consist of reading and writing a response to what the student has read and reading other students work and responding to it, as well as taking exams.  Students should have reliable computer and internet access at home.  Students should be able to devote at least 9 hours a week to each dual credit course in which they enroll.


Student must QUALIFY to take a dual credit class by taking and passing  the required sections of the TSI test.  Cost is $15 for the first time they test and $5 to retest a section.  Tests are being administered on Tuesdays/Thursday during FOCUS or off periods in the counseling office. Students need to stop by the counseling office with their $15 to sign up and pay for the TSI test.  If your student is an 11th grader, they may be exempt from the TSI if they made a qualifying score on their STAAR EOC tests or SAT test.  They should check with their counselor to see if they are exempt.


Complete an application online through Apply Texas to Delmar College.  See instructions below.  Students should follow those specific instructions and not try to do the Apply Texas without them.


Check with counseling office or nurse’s office to see if their meningitis shot is up to date.  College students are required to have an up-to-date meningitis shot, even if they are dual credit students.  If their shot is not up-to-date, they will need to get the shot. 


See documents below for more information about dual credit.