Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Dual credit courses offer students an opportunity to earn both high school and college credit through our partnership with the Alamo Community College District. The teachers who instruct these courses are faculty members of ACCD. Students will receive an ACCD transcript upon completion of these courses. Students can take up to 14 dual credit courses (semesters) during high school. Each SEMESTER counts as a dual credit course. Use the chart in the FAQs page to see how many college credits you can earn for each semester.
In order to take dual credit courses, you have to apply to be a student with the Alamo Community College District (ACCD). This involves two things: 1) A college application, and 2) Passing scores on the TSIA2 (college entrance test) for the courses you wish to take. We have to abide by Alamo Community College's application and TSIA2 score reporting deadlines. Follow all deadlines closely because they are not just NBHS deadlines, they are ACCD deadlines as well in some cases.
Questions/Comments/Inquiries during the application phase can be submitted to the Dual Credit Help Desk at the Dual Credit Help Desk.
2022-2023 Application Steps:
1. Submit Dual Credit Course Selection Sheet
2. Complete Dual Credit Registration Checklist
3. Obtain TSIA2 Passing Scores
- Who is a good candidate for dual credit?
- What courses are available at NBHS?
- What are the corresponding SAC course numbers? How many college credits is each class worth?
- Will the college I attend after high school accept my dual credit classes?
- How do I get my SAC transcript showing the classes I completed?
- Can I use my TSIA2 scores when I go to college after graduation?
Who is a good candidate for dual credit?
Dual credit classes are taught by college faculty. They are level 4 classes: 70-80% of your grade will come from major grades; there are no retest opportunities; there is no optional extra credit. Students who do well in DC classes are punctual with their work, study independently, and attend tutorials when needed.
What courses are available at NBHS?
ANTICIPATED Dual Credit Courses Offered 2021-2022:
|SAC Course Name and #||NBHS Course Name||NBHS Course #||# of College Hours Awarded||Semester Offered|
|English III DC||1223||6||Year Long Course|
|Composition ENGL 1301/1302||English IV DC Fresh (for seniors taking DC English first time)||1323||6||Year Long Course|
|British Literature ENGL 2322/2322||English IV DC Soph (for seniors taking DC English second year)||1333||6||Year Long Course|
|College Algebra DC||3160||4||Spring Only|
|College Algebra/PreCal MATH1414/ 2412||College Algebra DC/PreCalDC
(Full year of math each semester)
|3363||8||Fall and Spring|
|Environmental Science DC||3644||4||Fall DC (AP for spring)|
|Government DC||2350||3||Fall or Spring|
|US History DC||2243||6||Year Long Course|
|MDCA 1313||Medical Terminology DC
(Must be enrolled for full year)
What are the corresponding SAC course numbers? How many college credits is each class worth?
Will the college I attend after high school accept my dual credit classes?
- If you attend one of the Alamo Community Colleges, your dual credit courses will be applied to your degree plan there since San Antonio College is part of that college district.
- If you attend college outside of Texas, your dual credit courses may or may not apply. You would need to reach out to the college you are interested in attending to check. In many cases, community college credits do not apply outside of Texas.
- If you plan to attend college in Texas, you can check how your dual credit courses may apply to another college using the TCCNS website. Even if there is a course equivalent, we cannot guarantee that the college will accept the equivalent course. It is still the final decision of the admissions department on how credits will be transcribed once you are accepted. In some cases, they may accept them as 'elective' credits instead.
- The Texas Common Core Numbering System (TCCNS) provides a shared, uniform set of course numbers to use in determining course equivalency between 135 Texas colleges and universities. You can use it to compare NBHS dual credit courses to another college or university. Click on "Compare Schools" to begin this process. For the first school, select San Antonio College. For the second school, select the college or university you plan to attend. This will generate a chart showing you the course equivalency. Pay careful attention to the last two columns. Find the dual credit course you took or are interested in taking under the San Antonio College column. If a course is listed in the same row under your future college's column, this is the equivalent course there. If the cell is blank, there may not be an equivalent course. You would need to reach out to admissions to determine if they will be able to use the credit at that time.
How do I get my SAC transcript showing the classes I completed?
You can order your SAC transcript in the summer AFTER graduation. See instructions below.
Can I use my TSIA2 scores when I go to college after graduation?
Graduated Seniors - How to Order Your Sand Antonio College Transcript:
San Antonio College Resources for Current DC Students
Please select the department links below to utilize and view all resources available to our SAC students:
OnRamps courses are another way for NBHS students to earn potential college credit. Check the course catalog for the course availability. The brochures and flyers below explain more about how it works. In terms of rank, OnRamps courses are an 8-point ranked course like AP and DC course options.
Information about Courses at NBHS
Elementary Statistical Methods
This course will hone relevant mathematical and critical thinking skills
through scaffolded learning experiences and statistical methodologies. Students will learn the foundations of data science by engaging in hands-on analysis of real data, methods to extract key insights, and coding skills aligned to the expectations of higher education and today’s workplace.
3 College Credits
TCCN: Math 1342
UT Course Code: SDS 301
Algebra II (Recommended)
Physics I: Mechanics, heat and Sound + Lab
General Physics Technical Course
Mechanics, Heat, and Sound introduces big ideas in physics, such as Newtonian mechanics (including motion, force, energy, and rotation), as well as solid and fluid mechanics, oscillations, waves, sound, and heat.
4 College Credits (3 for lecture, 1 for lab)
UT Course Codes: PHY 302K + PHY 102M
TCCNs: PHYS 1301 + PHYS 1101
Algebra II or Precalculus (recommended)