Students in Kevin Satterfield’s dual credit AP Government class at Bridgeland ® High School participate in a mock Congress in February, during which they wrote bills and debated them during class. CFISD’s dual credit program with Lone Star College—CyFair allows students to earn simultaneous academic credit for the course from both the college and the high school. (Photo by Eden Smith, courtesy CFISD Communications)
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CYPRESS — CFISD students who have tested and/or met the requirements to enroll in fall dual credit courses through higher-education partner Lone Star College—CyFair must submit their registration by Monday, May 3.

Dual credit, a process by which a high school student enrolls in a college course and receives simultaneous academic credit for the course from both the college and the high school, comes with a variety of benefits for students and parents alike:

  • transfer many dual credit courses to Texas public colleges and universities, some private institutions, and some out-of-state colleges and universities;
  • complete college-level certifications while in high school, leading to immediate job opportunities;
  • save money on college tuition;
  • accelerate time to degree completion by getting a head start in college, as dual credit students can earn up to a year or more of college credit;
  • build confidence by easing the transition to college and life expectations; and
  • access Lone Star College student support services, including library, career services, computer labs and tutoring.

“The dual credit program has been great for my daughters,” said Bridgeland High School parent Sharon Kays, whose children, Karrington and Kennedy, are in the 11th  and 10th grades, respectively. “They were both virtual students this year and were still able to take dual credit courses. As a parent, your child can go into college with almost a semester of college behind them, and they can complete their degree in a shorter amount of time. I think it’s wonderful. From a cost-savings standpoint, it’s a no-brainer.”

Due to its partnership with local school districts like CFISD, Lone Star College waives a partial cost of tuition and fees. A 3-credit-hour course such as ENGL 1301 or HIST 1301, for example, is available at an affordable $78.

Officially the largest “single campus” dual credit provider in the state of Texas, LSC—CyFair’s fall course enrollment on CFISD high school campuses has skyrocketed from 5,805 in 2017 to 10,588 in 2020—an 82% increase.

CFISD Dual Credit Course Enrollment Growth
Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Fall 2020
5,805 7,575 9,020 10,588

 

The total number of CFISD students participating in the program has also grown exponentially, from 3,230 in 2017 to 5,155 in 2020.

 

CFISD Dual Credit Headcount Growth
Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Fall 2020
3,230 3,950 4,680 5,155

“We are proud to be collaborating with CFISD on impacting the lives of over 5,000 students who have chosen to jump start their college education with us through Dual Credit,” said Dr. Seelpa Keshvala, LSC—CyFair president. “The success of this program, which continues to grow in more schools each year, is phenomenal.”

CFISD students have experienced tremendous success in the dual credit program. Those who enrolled in dual credit courses in the 2019-2020 school year earned a success rate (grade of A-C) of 97%, while those who completed courses achieved a success rate of 98.9%.

“These classes have given me the foundation that I needed for college next year. I know how to research topics, write MLA-formatted essays and think more critically—all things I believe are essential for college,” said Cypress Ridge High School senior Nazareth Chong, whose credits will carry over to Texas A&M University in the fall.

“I believe that one of the reasons my classmates and myself have been so successful in this program is our teachers. Our teachers are always there to make sure we understand the assignment, to offer advice and help, and be the guiding hand throughout the entire process,” Chong said. “I also believe that another factor is the sense of community that the program gives the students. It’s a ‘we’re all in this together’ kind of feeling. We constantly help each other out and encourage each other to strive to the finish line.”

Learn more about the dual credit program on both the CFISD website and the LSC—CyFair website, and visit with the dual credit counselor on your campus to register.

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