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Earn College Credits While Still in High School

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Get an Edge On Your Future

Richardson ISD, in partnership with College Board, Dallas College, and The University of Texas at Austin, offers a variety of programs for students to enroll in college courses while still in high school. Look and see which one is right for you!


College/university classes are taught in a variety of methods and offered throughout the day to serve students.

Advanced Placement (AP) College Credit

Advanced Placement is a program overseen by College Board which allows students to take college-level courses on their high school campus. Students have an opportunity to earn college credit and/or qualify for more advanced classes when they begin college. AP exams that are administered each spring have associated fees. Learn more about Advanced Placement -, and

Early College High School

The Texas College and Career Readiness School Models (CCRSM) are open-enrollment programs that blend high school and college coursework to help historically underserved and at-risk students develop technical skills, earn college credentials and degrees, and pursue in-demand career paths. and

Dallas College (Formerly DCCCD) Dual Credit

Students may enroll in courses at any of the Dallas College campuses that are partnered with RISD or on their own high school campus. Students can take multiple courses as their schedules allow. Students must meet Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA 2.0) requirements set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Courses taken on a Dallas College campus may have some costs for textbooks or usage fees. Learn more about Dual Credit -, and

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit

Students may enroll in dual credit CTE courses at any of the Dallas College campuses that are partnered with RISD or on their own high school campus. These courses can lead to a license or certification in many different areas. Students can take multiple courses as their schedule allows. There may be TSIA 2.0 requirements and some costs for textbooks or usage fees.

OnRamps-The University of Texas at Austin Dual Enrollment

OnRamps courses are taught at the high school by high school teachers and UT professors. These courses are UT-designed college courses aligned with the expectations of leading research institutions. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a transcript from UT. The primary purpose of OnRamps is to accelerate college student success. There may be some tuition costs associated with these courses. Learn more about UT OnRamps -, and Watch OnRamps Parents Overview video - or OnRamps Parent Spanish Overview video -

Transfer-ability of Credits

Students are encouraged to consult with the higher education institution of their choice regarding the transfer-ability of credits earned.

Advanced Placement (AP) - Individual colleges and universities evaluate a student’s submitted AP score(s) and determine what they will accept. Students need to check with their potential university or college to review their policies on acceptance of AP credit.

Dallas College (DCCCD) - Grades earned in dual credit courses are placed on the Dallas College transcript. Dallas Colleges are accredited and have agreements with most public universities in the state. Colleges and universities have different requirements that vary by school, college, and institution. In order to determine how Dallas College courses will transfer and if they will apply to a student's major or degree program, the student must contact their campus for higher education

  • Associate in Applied Science degrees (A.A.S.) for students who want to prepare for a specific career or technical field.
  • Associate in Arts/Associate in Science degrees (A.A./A.S.) for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.

OnRamps - Dual enrollment college credits are awarded on a UT- Austin transcript. In order to determine how OnRamps courses will transfer and if they will apply to a student's major or degree program, the student must contact the higher education institution they plan to attend.

College Credit Comparison Chart

Learn more by completing a side by side comparison for Advanced Placement (AP), Dallas College Dual Credit and UT OnRamps dual enrollment.

What College Courses Are Available in RISD?

"I am interested in taking college courses but I don't know what is available at each grade level."

Our list of college courses is always evolving and some courses may not be available at all campuses. Please check with your counselor for the most up-to-date list of courses available at your campus.

Advanced Placement (AP) - and

OnRamps - and

Dallas College - and

College and Career School Model (Early College High Schools)

Healthcare Career Academy -

Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools:

Berkner T-STEM Academy-


  • Save Money! Along with our higher education partners, Richardson ISD can help you save on the cost of AP testing, college tuition, and college textbooks.
  • All college credit bearing courses receive 10 quality points for added GPA weight.
  • Bolster your high school transcript with more rigorous college courses for college admissions.
  • Provides you with the opportunity to experience the rigor and intellectual challenges of college classes and earn up to 42 transferable college credit hours while still in high school.
  • Earn college credits while simultaneously taking high school graduation courses.
  • Enhance ability and skills for students to do college work and aid students in gaining confidence for college success.
  • Brings college/university faculty and high school teachers together to share methods, ideas, and experiences that benefit students.