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PJC Dual Credit Program

QISD has given students the opportunity to earn over 4000 collective college hours over the past seven years due to a partnership with Paris Junior College.  Qualifying FHS students can earn from 12 to 60 college credit hours during their junior and senior years in high school, with some even earning an Associates degree before high school graduation.  QISD offers this program at no cost to the student, including books, transportation, fees, and tuition.  To date, we have had 59 students graduate with full degrees in the past three years.
Counselors will meet with qualifying students in the spring semester of each year to discuss requirements and expectations.  Those selected to participate will be given the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) exam, and those who pass the required sections will be enrolled in the program.
Basic qualifications include:
1.  An 80 or higher average in Math and Science for the current and preceding school years, 
2.  Passing scores on English I, English II, and Algebra I STAAR EOC exams on the first attempt,
3.  Excellent attendance and discipline records
If you have questions about the program, please contact your child's counselor.
AS PER ADMINISTRATIVE RULE CHANGES IN MAY, NO STUDENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO TRANSPORT HIM/HERSELF TO PJC BEGINNING FALL OF 2017.  Students who miss the PJC bus must have a parent/guardian contact Mr. Merkel, then take them to PJC or have the student remain on campus during periods 1-3.  
All students must maintain a minimum of a B in each course taken in the Dual Credit program.  If a student earns a C, he/she will be placed on academic probation for the next semester.  If another grade of C is earned in that probationary semester, he/she will be removed from the program at the end of that semester.  

Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), as of fall 2003 (Texas Education Code §51.3062) in order to enroll in public institutions of higher education. The law requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in reading, mathematics and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption. Each student who fails to meet the minimum passing standard of the exam offered by the institution must be placed in a developmental education program designed to help the student achieve college readiness. For students enrolling without a TSI Exemption, they will be required to take the TSI Assessment, to measure student proficiency in the basic areas of study for fulfillment of the TSI requirement. Students are required to enroll in developmental education coursework if they do not reach the college level standard on the TSI Assessment prior to the start of a semester. Students are granted unlimited opportunities to take the TSI Assessment prior to a semester before being required to enroll in developmental education.

Students required to take the TSI Assessment are subject to the following standards to be considered college ready:

 Reading - 351
 Math - 350
 Writing - Essay score of 5, or Essay score of 4 AND a multiple choice score of 340

A student may be exempt from meeting TSI standards by meeting one of the following standards:

 ACT – Composite score of 23 or higher, with individual math, reading and English scores of no less than 19.
 SAT – Composite score of 1070 or higher, with 500 critical reading (formally “verbal”) and 500 math.
 STAAR end-of-course (EOC) – A minimum score of 4000 on the English II exam shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of 4000 on the Algebra I EOC AND a passing grade in their Algebra II course shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section.
The parent presentations for the 2018-2019  Dual Credit Program are held in the FHS Auditorium. The first was on February 26, 2018 and will be repeated on March 22 at 6:00 pm.   Attendance by at least one parent/guardian/significant adult is mandatory at one of these meetings for a student to be considered for the program.
The TSI exams for the students who are cleared to participate will be administered at FHS in April.