What is Dual Credit?

A dual credit course is a college course that a student may take to earn both college hours and high school credit. Students must complete the THEA, a THEA equivalent, or be exempt from THEA based on TAKS, SAT, or ACT scores.

These courses may be signed up for through the counseling office. Fees for textbooks and tuition do apply but vary for each institution.

For Dual Credit Courses offered on local college campuses:
Contact your local high school counselor. Questions about dual credit may be directed toward any high school counselor (281) 482-3413.

Basic Information

Location: Classes taken at FHS or COM. Check information tab at bottom of the page for the FHS courses offered on campus.
Goals: All students will work toward high school graduation and associate degree requirements simultaneously.
Admission Requirements:
• Be on grade level
• Have passing state assessment scores
• Be on Recommended or DAP Graduation Plan
• Meet college entrance testing requirements
* Students can still participate in FHS extracurricular activities while enrolled in Collegiate High School.
* Students enrolled in Collegiate High School are not eligible for Friendswood High School’s Valedictorian or Salutatorian.

January 24 & 25: Dual Credit Student Advisement Session 3:45-5 pm Computer lab 609


A dual credit course is a college course taken by a high school student for which the student earns both college and high school credit. Some courses are taught at the high school during high school hours while others are taught at a local junior college.

Friendswood has cooperative arrangements with Alvin Community College, San Jacinto, and College of the Mainland. Classes taught at Friendswood High School are offered through College of the Mainland.

Participating in the dual credit program enables you to make substantial progress toward your college degree before finishing high school. Dual credit courses are also useful in fulfilling the requirements of the Distinguished Achievement High School graduation program. Other advantages include:
1. Convenience. Courses are taught at the high school campus, at the college, or online depending on the arrangements made with your high school.
2. Close to home. Learn what college professors expect while still in familiar surroundings.
3. Student Success. Successful completion of college-level courses helps you be successful in making the transition to a college campus later.
4. Dual credit courses are intended for students who possess proven ability, interest and motivation to handle the extra workload and study requirements. The decision to take a dual credit course should not be taken lightly. It is strongly recommended any student considering dual credit courses seek advice from his/her counselor and parent. When considering dual credit courses, students must carefully consider the extra time commitment the courses entail. Dual credit courses are demanding and require extensive homework and self-directed study. Therefore, a strong degree of motivational, organizational and time management skills are critical.

1. For Dual Credit classes taught at Friendswood High School you must be classified as a junior or senior, have a minimum of a B overall average, and passed all the sections of the state assessment test.
2. Meet established admissions requirements at the Junior College as well as appropriate prerequisites for any course.
3. Comply with the state-mandated Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) program.
4. Take applicable placement tests prior to enrolling.
5. Complete the dual credit endorsement form acquiring the appropriate school and parental signatures.
6. Pay the reduced costs associated with taking a dual credit college course.
The TSI Assessment is a college readiness test specifically designed to determine if students are ready for college-level coursework. There are TSI score requirements for placement into any dual credit courses. Details on specific testing requirements can be found on the College of the Mainland website at www.com.edu.
Concurrent enrollment in a college is allowed for students who have met the established admission requirements at the college and comply with the state mandated TSI Assessment. Students must have written permission from the principal or counselor, and parent. No high school credit is granted towards graduation requirements. College hours may be earned in accordance with the college’s rules and regulations.

Location: All classes taken at College of the Mainland.
Goals: All students will work toward high school graduation and associate degree requirements simultaneously.
Special application required. There are fees associated with Collegiate High School.

Dual Credit Courses offered on campus during school hours
College Algebra
College English IV (Composition I, British Literature)
Math for Bus/Soc Science
US History
Calculus for Business and Social Sciences

Dual Credit Courses offered on campus before and after school hours
Economics
Psychology
Sociology
US Government 2305
Government 2306
Psychology for Success
Art Appreciation
American Music

Dual Credit Courses offered on local college campuses
Contact your local high school counselor.

Courses Offered Off Campus
Courses taught at COM’s North Campus