AP & Dual College Credit

What is AP?
The AP program is created by the College Board and is a nationally recognized program that allows students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school. College credit can be awarded to students based on a score attained on the AP exam.

What is Dual College Credit?
Dual College Credit courses are courses that are taken by high school students and can satisfy requirement for earning BOTH high school and college credit. Dual college credit can be completed at the high school by an LHS faculty member at no cost or on a college campus.

Credit is awarded when the student passes the course and meets the pre-requesites determined by the College. Normally to be awarded the college credit a student must earn a C or better in the course as well as many of the courses have testing pre-requisites attached to them that require a student to perform a certain scores on either the Accuplacer, PSAT, SAT or ACT.

Please see the chart below for a comparison:



Dual Credit


College credit is given when students pass the AP exam. Students seeking credit through their Ap grades should note that individual colleges and universities, not the College Board or the AP program, grant course credit and placement. 

Credit is awarded when the student passes the course and meets the pre-requisites determined by the college. Normally a C is required to receive dual credit as well as specific performance score on either the Accuplacer, PSAT, SAT or ACT. 


Taught by a certified teacher in the area of the AP curriculum. Attends a specific training developed and provided by the College board. 

Must meet certain credentialing determined by the state. Taught by college instructors and or high school teachers that meet the state requirements. 

College/University Acceptance

Accepted throughout the nation. Typically requires a score of 3 (out of 5) or higher. Varies by college. 

Accepted at many colleges and universities. Normally requires C or better for transferability. Also may require an exam pre-requisite (SAT, ACT, PSAT or Accuplacer). 


AP courses are taught at the high school. 

Dual Credit courses can be taught at the high school or college campus. 


Cost for an AP exam not paid for by the state is $92. 

Cost is determined by the college. Most courses taught at the HS are $25 per credit hour ($75 per course). 

Potentially less college credits to pay for in college.
College transcript is enhanced.
Students experience college curriculum while still having support in high school.
Research supports the idea that students who perform well in college classes while still in high school are more likely to succeed in college than those who don't.

Early College Scholarship
Interested in having your Dual College Credits, AP Tests or Work Certifications paid for? Apply for the Tri-Creek Education's Early College Scholarship. The Early College Scholarship provides funds for current LHS students (up to $500) for dual credit, work certification or AP test fees. Applications are rolled out twice a year for the Fall and Spring Semester. Check back for more information

Dual College Credit Partnerships
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See a list of our Dual College Credit Courses on page 8 of our course catalog!

See a list of our AP courses in our course catalog!