How It Works
The Early College Start program allows eligible high school juniors and seniors residing in the ACC Community College District service area to take up to two ACC courses per semester.
Students can earn college credit by taking ACC classes at their high schools, at any ACC campus, or other ACC location. Distance Learning courses also are available. In addition to college credit, students may earn credit toward their high school graduation requirements by completing dual credit courses.
High school students may co-enroll in Austin Community College once they have:
- Successfully completed their sophomore year in either a public school, private school, charter school, or home school.
- Received permission from their parent/guardian and high school counselor and principal
- Passed the appropriate sections of the state approved college readiness assessment (TSI) test administered by ACC or submitted acceptable exemption scores on the ACT, PLAN, SAT, or PSAT test.
ECS Course Options
- Dual Credit
- Dual credit is earned when students complete college credit courses with acceptable grades, the approval of their high school, and then use these college credit courses to satisfy high school graduation requirements.
- Each school district determines what college credit courses they will accept as dual credit and how they will satisfy high school graduation requirements. It is important to check with your school district for the most current list of approved dual credit courses.
- A student may enroll in a college credit course and receive only the college credit for that course. Students may take any ACC course for which they meet the academic skills requirements and course pre-requisites. An ACC advisor can help you determine if you meet the requirements for a specific course.
ACCTech is a way to start a college technical major in high school. In an ACCTech program, students begin their course of study in high school and continue in a community or technical college.
ACCTech programs combine the academic courses needed for success in the college AND technical courses that begin to prepare you for a career.
Students in ACCTech programs earn up to a year of college credit that is held in escrow until they graduate from high school. Once they graduate and enroll at ACC, they can claim their banked credit and complete the remainder of their degree program.