Dual credit courses are linked to Royal Early College High School, which allows students to enroll in college-level courses while still in high school, allowing them to earn both college and high school credits. Royal ISD has partnered with Lone Star College-Tomball to offer dual credit classes for qualifying students. Prior to taking any dual credit course, students must earn a passing score on the Texas Success Initiative Accuplacer 2 (TSIA2) and be accepted to the ECHS Program.
On-Ramps is another set of courses offered at Royal High School. The program allows students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit by taking a college level course. These courses are offered with the University of Texas - Austin.
What's the Difference
Students do not need to show college readiness through the TSI to take On-Ramps courses. Unlike dual credit courses, OnRamps courses award two separate grades: a weighted high school grade, which is recorded on the high school transcript, and a college grade awarded by the UT professor, which is recorded on a UT college transcript. Students in On-Ramps have the opportunity to decline the college credit if they receive a grade for which they are not satisfied, and that grade will never show on a college transcript or be reported when applying to college after high school. Students will have experienced a college level course with college expectations and deadlines, and will still earn weighted high school credit even if they decline the college credit.