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earn college credit in high school for free
Earn College Credit in High School for Free

Early College Start

Sandra MacLachlanTransition Coordinator Leander High School

It is the policy of Leander ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its career & technology education programs, services, or activities. Leander ISD will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs.

transition coordinator
Transition Coordinator
  • Coordinate school/business relationships
  • Coordinate A.C.E.-S.L. freshman college/career exploration course
  • Coordinate Career and Technical Education, including Tech Prep
  • Oversee the Programs of Study system
  • Facilitate Community College initiatives


Academic & Career Excellence – Student Leadership

Programs of Study

Rigorous Core Academics



tech prep college credits
Tech Prep College Credits

High school course articulated with ACC curriculum.

Qualified high school teacher receives training from ACC faculty.

Articulation agreements/training are revisited annually.

catema career and technical education management application
CATEMACareer and Technical Education Management Application

Parents notified by letter ahead of time and given the option to have student opt out of CATEMA.

Students register themselves for Tech Prep courses during class (5 min.).

Tech Prep teacher will determine if college credit is earned at end of course.

  • To cash in college credits with ACC, the student will need to earn a minimum of an 80% for the course w/ teacher approval.
  • Credits earned are collected in an escrow account in ACC’s database.
  • The student must create an ACC transcript by completing at least one course – no credit minimum to collect credits.
  • All approved credits are then placed on student’s ACC transcript and may be transferred where accepted.
tech prep college credits earned
Tech Prep College Credits Earned

2005-2006 Graduates: Leander ISD – 122; Georgetown – 49; Round Rock - 28

2006-2007 Graduates: Leander ISD – 349; Georgetown – 170; Round Rock – 292; Austin – 196; Pflugerville - 100

2007-2008 Graduates: Leander ISD – 379; Georgetown – 191; Round Rock – 339; Austin – 414; Pflugerville - 156

2008-2009 Graduates:

Leander ISD – 682; Georgetown – 266 ; Round Rock – 695; Austin – 752; Pflugerville - 304

LISD Students collected 3013 Tech Prep college hours in 2008-09 = $162,702.00 savings ACC tuition rates ACC Out-of-district cost = $427,846.00

lisd tech prep areas of concentration
LISD Tech Prep Areas of Concentration:
  • Biotechnology (LHS & CPHS) – Intro to Biotechnology
  • Computer Information Systems - Computer Science II (Pre-req of Computer Science I), Basic Computer Technology
  • Culinary Arts (CPHS) – Culinary Arts II (Pre-req of Culinary Arts I)
  • Engineering Design Graphics (LHS & CPHS)–Tech Intro to CAD, Engineering Graphics, Architectural Graphics
  • Medical Lab Technology– Phlebotomy/Allied Health - HST II (Pre-req of HST I), BCIS I
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LISD Tech Prep Areas of Concentration:
  • Hospitality (CPHS) – Hospitality II (Pre-req of Hospitality I)
  • Marketing – BCIS I, Principles of Marketing & Advertising OR Retailing, Entrepreneurship & Principles of Marketing & Business Management
  • Semiconductor Electronics (LHS & VRHS) – Electronics I, Electronics II, Digital Electronics
  • Visual Communication – Multimedia, 2 years of either Newspaper or Yearbook Technology
  • Welding Technology – Ag Mech I (Pre-req of Ag Metal Fabrication) & Ag Mech II, BCIS I
tech prep example

Secondary Course Name and Number

Grade (must be B or better)

Postsecondary Equivalent Name and Number

College Credit Hours

Technical Introduction to CAD

PEIMS # 12511705

Technical Drafting DFTG 1405


Engineering Graphics PEIMS # 12362630

Intermediate Computer-Aided-Drafting

DFTG 2419


Architectural Graphics PEIMS # 12362620


DFTG 1417


Tech Prep Example

Engineering Design Graphics

lisd graduation programs
LISD Graduation Programs
  • Recommended High School Program - RHSP
  • Distinguished Achievement Program – DAP

Rigorous Core


distinguished achievement program dap
Distinguished Achievement Program - DAP
  • Must complete the Recommended Plan
  • Must have three years of same foreign language
  • Requires any combination of four advanced measures
    • Test data such as PSAT scores or AP/IB test scores
    • College courses taken while in high school, including Tech Prep articulated courses
    • Original research project, usually done with a mentor
academic career excellence student leadership
Academic & Career Excellence – Student Leadership


All freshmen take this class during first semester.



  • Orientation to HS policies, procedures & facilities
  • Goal setting/Time management
  • Texas Scholars presentation by community leaders
  • Knowledge of high school opportunities
  • Elective course tours and presentations

Programs of Study

Programs of Study

what is a program of study a student s perspective

Programs of Study

What is a Program of Study?A Student’s Perspective


  • Enrolling in a meaningful sequence of courses (3-5 course concentration) within one of four career pathways
  • Marketing
    • Upon graduation, document designed to market student skills, competencies and attributes to potential employers

Leander High School


Human Services, Health & AgriScience

Engineering & Industrial Technology

Arts & Communication

Business & Computer Technology



-Develop 4-year plan










= LISD Summer School

college credit in high school
College Credit in High School

Rigorous Core Academics

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College Credit in High School
  • Advanced Placement
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Dual Credit
  • Co-Enrollment
  • Tech Prep Articulation Agreements

Rigorous Core Academics

lisd course catalog
LISD Course Catalog
  • Biology Advanced Placement Course #: 3230 Credit: 1 Grade: 11-12
  • Prerequisites: Credit for Biology I and Chemistry
  • LHS
  • Biology International Baccalaureate – 1st year
  • Course#: 3240 Credit: 1 Grade: 11-12
  • Prerequisites: Credit for Biology I and Chemistry
  • CPHS & LHS
  • Technical Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Course #: 8362 Credits: 1 Grade: 10-12 CPHS & 9-12 LHS Prerequisites: None
  • Tech Prep Course
  • CPHS & LHS
  • Biotechnology Course #: 8554 Credit: 1 Grade: 11-12
  • Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry or concurrent enrollment, Algebra I
  • Tech Prep or Dual Credit Course
advanced placement
Advanced Placement
  • Advanced Placement courses teach and test over nationally recognized curriculum
  • Test scores earned may be equivalent to college courses
  • Student may place out of college course(s)
      • - check with college attending
international baccalaureate
International Baccalaureate

Due to recent state legislation, students who earn the IB Diploma are eligible for 24 college credit hours in all public post-secondary institutions in the state of Texas.

Private schools may also compensate students for earning the IB Diploma or testing for certificates.

acc ecs or e arly c ollege s tart
ACC ECS orEarly College Start
  • Dual Credit and Co-Enrollment –
  • Up to two college courses free of tuition each semester until graduation.
    • Must have the drive & desire to pursue college level work
    • Must have completed their sophomore year of high school
    • Must meet ACC’s entrance requirements
acc s early college start
ACC’s Early College Start
  • Dual Credit = a course that satisfies both high school and college curriculum standards.
    • A “C” or better must be earned for credit to be awarded at the high school. (Does not figure into HS GPA)
    • Courses/credit allowed for dual credit are determined by district curriculum team.
  • Co-enrollment Credit = a course that satisfies only college curriculum standards.
  • A “B” or better must be earned for an advanced measure towards graduation plans for Tech Prep, dual or co-enrollment courses.
how is free possible
How is “free” possible?

Citizens living in the ACC taxing district are eligible for reduced tuition rates. $54 vs $142 / credit hour (2009 prices)

High school students with parents living in the ACC taxing district are eligible for free tuition under ECS.

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How is “free” possible?

High school students attending LISD, but residing outside the taxing district will pay a per course fee, unless financial need is shown or the ACC class is scheduled on the high school campus.

Developmental or non-credit courses (Continuing Education) do not fall under the free tuition standard.

acc enrollment process
ACC Enrollment Process
  • ACC Online application
  • ACC Residency Form
  • ACC 101 – online high school orientation
  • Texas Success Initiative for college entrance – TSI exemption
  • High school transcript - Unofficial
  • ECS tuition voucher – signature page
acc s entrance requirements
ACC’s Entrance Requirements
  • Determine Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Status or College Readiness
    • TSI Exempt if you meet these requirements
      • SAT (Critical Reading 500, Math 500, Composite 1070) OR PSAT (CR 50, M 50, Composite 107)
      • ACT or PLAN (English 19, Math 19, Composite 23) OR
      • Pass 10th or 11th TAKS with a Math scale score of 2200 & ELA scale score of 2200 with 3+ on writing
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ACC’s Entrance Requirements
  • If not TSI exempt
    • Take THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)
    • OR
    • Take ACC’s COMPASS (computer version)
    • or ASSET (paper/pencil)
    • ASSET & COMPASS may be taken once free of charge with an ECS fee waiver issued by LHS counseling personnel.
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ACC’s Entrance Requirements
  • Leander HS offers ASSET testing on campus for student convenience once per semester.
  • Other HS campuses also offer some space for testing convenience once per semester.
  • COMPASS may be taken at any ACC campus with a test fee waiver – schedule a time with ACC.
ecs college credits earned
ECS College Credits Earned

Leander HS averages 300+ courses taken over a three semester period Summer/Fall/Spring

LHS students average 800+ ECS college hours during Su/F/Sp = $40,000.00+

acc leander center lea
ACC Leander Center - LEA

Spring 2007, Leander HS re-established an ACC satellite campus

Prompted by City of Leander to provide easier access to citizens living north.

Courses offered serve ECS students for dual credits, but are also common academic offerings available to the public.

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ACC Leander Center - LEA
  • Sample Course Offerings:
  • Medical Terminology – dual credit
  • US History II – dual credit
  • US Government – dual credit
  • Introduction to Psychology – dual credit
  • English Comp I or II – college credit only
  • Psychology– dual credit
  • Spanish I – dual credit
lisd acc college connection
LISD/ACC College Connection
  • Seniors are provided the opportunity and convenience of a lifetime enrollment with ACC on their high school campus before high school graduation.
  • Transition Coordinator and ACC personnel assist students through the enrollment process reducing the apprehension some students may have upon entering the world of post-secondary education.
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LISD/ACC College Connection
  • Whether students plan to use ACC right away or not, they are learning the skills necessary to get enrolled with the college of their choice.
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LISD/ACC College Connection
  • Other uses of ACC College Connection:
    • While attending another institution
      • Summer school course work
      • Online distance learning course work
    • During or after military service
    • Updating course work or certification while employed


To your future…

College & Career Center

Leander High School Guidance Office


Visit Soon

more information
More Information?
  • Call or email
  • Sandra MacLachlan at Leander High School
  • Office phone (512) 570-1057
  • Email: sandra.maclachlan@leanderisd.org

Visit the Guidance Page