Dual Credit (DC)
What is Dual Credit?
Dual Credit courses are college courses provided by institutions of higher education (IHE). These colleges are typically local junior colleges that LEISD has partnered with but can also be four year universities or online programs.
Why take Dual Credit?
Benefits to DC courses include increased savings and an easier transition to college as well as higher rates of successful and on time completion of college. DC allows students the opportunity to enroll in a college course while also earning high school credit. *Students can graduate having earned core college credits, giving them a head start with their post high school education.
Who should take Dual Credit?
Students who want to take challenging college courses while also earning high school credit should consider DC. Students should always discuss schedules and course selections with counselors and parents to ensure the best choices are made for short and long-term success. Remember, as soon as you take a DC course your college transcript has begun.
OnRamps through UT
What is OnRamps?
OnRamps innovative dual-enrollment program brings rigorous courses aligned with the high standards & expectations of The University of Texas at Austin to thousands of students across TX.
Why take OnRamps?
OnRamps allows students to participate in college level coursework in a supportive environment and with a Little Elm ISD teacher. LEISD teachers partner with the UT Professor to assess student work to determine mastery. This experience provides an authentic entry point to college expectations for students and their families. OnRamps students learn first-hand what it takes to succeed in college, before they get there.
OnRamps students who earn college credit receive a college transcript along with separate high school credit and a high school transcript. OnRamps college course credit is accepted at any public university of college in Texas as well as many private and non-Texas institutions.
Who should take OnRamps?
Students who have been in on-level courses but are ready for a challenge their senior year are great candidates for OnRamps. Also, students who have taken AP courses but maybe were not successful on the exam, receiving a 1 or 2, might benefit from an OnRamps course. OnRamps provides those students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning instead of one major exam. OnRamps is a good option for students who would like to challenge themselves in a low risk and supportive environment.
Tuition for each student is currently being covered in full by the state of Texas but this must be voted on and passed during each Legislative session. There is a chance that OnRamps tuition will no longer be covered and students will be required to pay approximately $275 per course (approximately $95 for students on free and reduced lunch). If this were to happen, Little Elm High School would communicate with parents and students as soon as information was made available.
Partnerships & Courses
North Central Texas College, OnRamps through the University of Texas at Austin, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and Texas Woman’s University
Current Courses Offered
NCTC | Online
English 1301, English 1302, English Literature, English Composition, British Literature, College Algebra, Government, Economics, Psychology, Learning Framework, Public Speaking, US History I, US History II, Music Appreciation, Statistics, Financial Analysis, Criminal Justice, Court Systems & Practices
Accounting, Personal Finance, Calculus
OnRamps through UT | Face-to-Face
English III, English IV, Algebra (II), Pre-Calculus
Project Lead The Way | Face-to-Face
Civil Engineering and Architecture, Computer Science Principles, Intro to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering
TWU | Face-to-Face
Always communicate with the institution of higher education to check course offerings and refer to the high school course guide and Little Elm ISD grading guidelines for additional important information.
Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) betwen Dual Credit Providers and Little Elm ISD