What is dual credit?
Dual credit is a method of giving credit for college courses for both high school and college courses. The courses will show up on both transcripts. Of course, you determine what goes on your student’s high school transcript.

What is Concurrent Enrollment?
Concurrent enrollment happens when a student takes classes at two different educational entities and does not grant credit at both. For the purposes of our contract with Dallas College, technically any courses that aren’t included on the approved course list for the dual credit scholarship are considered Concurrent Enrollment, and you’ll check that box on the DC Enroll Form when you turn it in for course registration. Concurrently enrolled courses are paid for by the student at the in-county tuition rate at Dallas College. You pay the college directly for this. You may still put concurrently enrolled courses on your own final high school transcript.

Is it too late to register?
No! Classes start throughout the semester and they have various course lengths of time, not just 8 or 16 weeks. It’s never too late to register!

Why does Kepler Preparatory Academy need to be listed as the school and sign as administrator for the enrollment form?
Since the student is participating in our program for dual credit, your student is also one of our students. 🙂 Our organization holds the contract for this program with the school. Part of that contract requires that we sign as the administrator of this program.

Am I still the Principal of my own homeschool?
Yes! Absolutely! We are only the administrators of the program(s) we offer to you. The homeschool rules haven’t changed for you. We are not the Principal of your homeschool.

Will you regulate my homeschool or tell my student(s) what they can take?
No. You remain in full control of your own homeschool. We do not have a say in that, nor would we want that. By signing up with Kepler Preparatory Academy, you are allowing your student to take courses through Kepler Preparatory Academy and/or Dallas College via the dual credit scholarship. Students do NOT have to take non-dual credit courses with us to participate. They must be a part of our dual credit program though.

Does Dallas College regulate my homeschool or tell us what classes we can/must take?
For your homeschool courses, no. Dallas College has a list of courses eligible for the Dual Credit Scholarship program they administer, which we have no control over. What you choose to take is up to you. We do recommend setting up an advising session with the college advisor at some point, so she can help you plan an efficient degree or transfer plan to minimize wasting time on classes that might not fit the degree plan or transfer. We are also happy to discuss your student’s educational goals with you.

Where can I find information on Transcripts?
We have a transcripts page with samples to look at and templates.

Can you help me with the transcript?
Sure! We have some transcript samples you can look at. If you’d like some help deciding what gets included or how to list things, just let us know. While it’s up to you, we do recommend consolidating things into a very simple format, to reserve as many classes as possible for dual credit. Dallas College is open enrollment and your student has ALREADY been accepted.

Hint: This isn’t the time to put every possible elective or individual little unit study! An example is Driver’s Ed – we suggest leaving that off! You’re just wasting an elective and it’s not necessary to count this as high school credit. The same is true for middle school courses you are considering bringing up to high school for credit. When your student transfers to another college, YOU will send your final high school transcript including any of the extras you’d like to note!

How should I list courses and what credit do I give?
This is up to you. We recommend keeping it simple: 9th Grade English, 1 credit. Biology, 1 credit, etc…. College courses, for the purposes of your transcript for Dallas College, count as .5 credit for a 3-4 credit course, regardless of how long the course was (mini-mester, 8 week, 16 week, etc). Homeschool courses that are 1 semester are traditionally .5 credit, and 1 full year = 1 full credit. Your college counselor is going to sort that information by topic area, so you might consider using a topic based, rather than school year based transcript layout. She will use whatever you give her, though. If you’d like us to review your transcript before submitting, we are happy to take a look at it and advise.

Can I bring credits up from middle school? Or do I need to put traditional high school level courses taken in middle school on the high school transcript?
You CAN put middle school credits on the transcript, but there is no NEED to put them on there. A student starts English and Math courses at the level they test into. If they test into College Algebra for 9th grade, then that’s what level he/she starts at and works up from there. (read the FAQ question regarding TEA Graduation Requirements below, too!)

Do we have to follow TEA rules in our homeschool?
No. No new restrictions have been applied. You are still a private homeschool, operating under the same rules Texas allows all homeschoolers. 🙂

Why do some of the papers refer to TEA Graduation Requirements?
Homeschool students are not bound by TEA requirements. That is for public schools. However, for the purposes of the dual credit scholarship at Dallas College, their rules allow for 60 credits based on TEA requirements. This determines how many “slots” your student gets for classes.

We mention this because sometimes, as homeschool parents, we like to throw everything and the kitchen sink on the transcript, to show rigor and highlight our children’s many accomplishments. We suggest fighting that urge. 😉 You have nothing to prove – Dallas College is open enrollment and your student has already been accepted. We would also hesitate to bring any credits up from middle school, at this point. Leave those slots open for your student. Kids often change their minds many times along their path. They may need to take additional courses that those middle school courses are filling up. I suggest leaving all doors open as long as possible. If you decide to add them later, you can on YOUR final High School transcript. Ultimately, this is still all entirely up to you to decide!

This worksheet from our fabulous dual credit advisor at Richland Campus should help clarify how many courses (“slots”) students can take. Fill in what your student has already taken to see what’s left. 🙂 This is for your own planning use only. I would not send this to your advisor.

What is the minimum age/grade level to participate in the free dual credit program?
The program is intended for homeschooled, high school students who are residents of Texas.

Who do I send Enrollment forms for new courses or course changes to?
Please send the Enrollment forms (DC Fillable Enroll Form) for new course additions (or new registration) to Kepler Preparatory Academy. Our contract requires that we process those and send on to Dallas College. Course drops can be sent directly to our counselor at Dallas College, Lisa Graef.

What’s the difference between a withdraw and a dropped course?
Courses can be dropped up to the 2nd day of class. If the student drops a course AFTER that (3rd day forward), the course is considered a withdraw. Dual credit course withdraws do not count towards the 6-drop-rule allowed in Texas for college courses, however they are counted for Pell Grants. Please carefully consider any withdraws before requesting one, and we recommend discussing the issue with the teacher, and/or Lisa Graef. We are available to discuss this with as well.

What is IncludEd?
As of 8/10/20, all students are automatically in the IncludEd program that provides required course materials for $20/credit hour. Students must currently opt-out, to optionally purchase their own materials. If the student is a part of IncludEd, they must pay the school for the extra $20/credit hour. Currently, that should take place after the dual credit scholarship is applied. This is a brand new program starting Fall 2020, and the process could change as time passes. We will update this page accordingly. Understand, Kepler Prep has no authority over the IncludEd program.

How do I opt-in or opt-out of the IncludEd program?
eConnect is the hub for the business side of the college.
https://econnect.dcccd.edu/
Credit Students
Login to the student’s account e####### (student ID).
Look for Books and Supplies Section.
Find the opt-in or opt-out link for Learning Materials and follow the instructions.

Where can I find my student’s class schedule or pay for IncludEd or concurrent enrollment courses?
eConnect is the hub for the business side of the college.
https://econnect.dcccd.edu/
Credit Students
Login to the student’s account e####### (student ID).
Under the Register for Classes section, you’ll find the option to “My Class Schedule” and “Make a Payment”