Early College

In addition to our Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, Xavier students are able to advance their educational experience and prepare for their future higher educational aspirations through enrollment in Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment (DC/DE).


Thanks to our partnership with Lone Star College - Houston North and Houston Community College, Xavier students may enroll in academic and/or technical courses for college credit while simultaneously earning high school credit. These are rigorous college-level courses that require more homework than grade-level classes, but also offer our students opportunities to adjust to collegiate life before attending college. Students are able to take these courses either at Xavier, at one of the Lone Star or HCC campuses, online or through a hybrid model. Grades for these courses appear on both the student’s high school transcript and college transcript. Weighted grades are awarded for Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment courses.

The following DC/EC courses are available to Xavier students:

  • Academic – Designed primarily to apply bachelor’s degrees, Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degrees

  • Foreign Language

  • Workforce (Career & Technical Education) – designed to allow students to enroll in LSC credit workforce program while working towards obtaining an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or certificate

While enrolled in DC/EC courses, students are paired with a Xavier teacher who will act as an advisor. This helps students with the transition to collegiate learning.


Resources for Students

Houston Community College (HCC)

  • Learn helpful resources and more about the Dual Credit program at HCC here.

Lone Star College - Houston North

  • Learn helpful resources and more about the Dual Credit program at LSC-Houston North here.

Benefits of enrolling in Early College/Dual Credit:

DC/EC Enrollment is Cost-Effective

College Waives:

  • The tuition (the price you pay for class by credit hours) for dual credit courses

  • Initial test fee for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment

Student Pays:

  • Fees (charged to all students and provides services such as libraries, learning centers and computer labs)

  • Textbooks and other instructional materials may be purchased from the campus bookstore or other textbook retailers in new, used, rental or e-book formats.


In order to take these courses, students must meet certain qualifications such as passing the TSI, and or obtaining a specific score on the ACT/SAT.