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Advanced Placement and Dual Credit

Advanced​ ​Placement​ ​Program

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a cooperative educational endeavor sponsored by College Board and established between secondary schools, colleges, and universities. CISD’s Advanced Placement Program includes Pre-AP courses.

Students benefit from taking Pre-AP and AP courses by learning a subject in greater depth, developing skills that will be critically important to successful college and workforce experiences, and demonstrating to colleges and potential employers their willingness to undertake challenging coursework.

The AP program exposes high school students to college-level material. Colleges and universities can then grant credit, placement, or both to students demonstrating mastery on an AP exam. College and university policies regarding Advanced Placement grades vary. Students seeking college credit through AP are advised to obtain the college’s AP policy in writing or to look for it on the college’s website.

Students enrolling in an AP course are expected but not required to take the AP exam in May. AP exams are a significant part of the AP program, but they are not the only part. AP courses lay the groundwork for students to succeed on AP exams and to be prepared for college.

The​ ​Advanced​ ​Placement​ ​Program​ ​is​ ​open​ ​to​ ​all​ ​students.​ A student’s participation in a Pre-AP or AP course is a decision that should be based on the level of preparation for the course, the willingness and ability to meet its academic challenges, and the time a student has to devote to the course. Instructors teaching an AP course must have a syllabus that has been approved by College Board as meeting the academic rigor that is expected by colleges and universities. The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all its programs, services, activities, and concerns. For more information go to

CISD Course Offerings


7th​ ​grade
Pre-AP Science
Pre-AP Math
Pre-AP Texas History
Pre-AP English 8th​ ​grade

8th Grade
Pre-AP Science
Pre-AP 8th Math
Pre-AP Algebra 1 (high school credit)
Pre-AP U.S. History
Pre-AP English

High​ ​School​ ​(9-12)
Pre-AP Biology
Pre-AP Chemistry
Pre-AP Algebra 2
Pre-AP Geometry
Pre-AP Calculus
Pre-AP World Geography
Pre-AP World History
Pre-AP English 1
Pre-AP English 2
Pre-AP Spanish

AP​ ​(High​ ​School)

AP Biology
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Chemistry
AP Calculus
AP Computer Science
AP Statistics
AP Spanish
AP Government
AP U.S. History
AP Economics
AP English Language
AP English Literature

Five points will be added to the semester average for courses designated as Pre-Advanced Placement and ten points will be added to the semester average for courses designated as Advanced Placement by College Board for the purpose of determining the cumulative average.

The five or ten point weight will not appear on the report card or the Academic Achievement Record (transcript.) The additional grade point/points on the grade are used solely for ranking purposes. EIC Local


Dual Credit

Canyon ISD policy allows students to attend college concurrently with their high school courses. A student, with counselor/principal recommendation and approval of the college, may register for a class at West Texas A&M University or Amarillo College. ​

Amarillo College

Dual​ ​Credit​ ​Definition​ ​and​ ​Requirements

The Amarillo College Dual Credit Program is a partnership between a high school and Amarillo College through which a student is awarded both college and high school credit in courses taught at the high schools which meet the requirements of both institutions.

Dual​ ​Credit​ ​Requirements

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To enroll in Dual Credit a student must

  • Comply with state-mandated THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment) testing requirements.
  • Take applicable Amarillo College Placements Tests prior to enrolling in the Dual Credit class.
  • Be classified as a junior or senior and have B overall average. Students are subject to assessment testing as required for admission purposes.
  • Meet established entrance requirements as Amarillo College as well as appropriate prerequisites for any course.
  • Make online application to Amarillo College.
  • Pay the cost associated with taking college courses (including the cost of textbooks) as established by contractual agreement.

See your counselor for details.

Awarding​ ​Credit

Amarillo College is responsible for maintaining the college transcript. The high school is responsible for maintaining the high school transcript. Since Dual Credit courses are college courses they will be recorded on the official transcript as such. Each Dual Credit student will also establish a college transcript.

Privacy​ ​of​ ​Student​ ​Records

Student records are confidential. They may be released only for use by faculty and professional staff for authorized college-related purposes. Amarillo College intends to comply fully with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This Act protects the privacy of educational records. Student records will only be released to the student unless written permission is received for the student to release information to other sources.

CISD​ ​Dual​ ​Credit​ ​Courses

Canyon High School
American Sign Language III DC
Biology Life Science DC
Government DC
Economics DC (Macroeconomics)
English IV DC
Health Science EMT
Pre-Calculus Pre-AP DC
Business Math DC
U.S. History DC
Spanish III Pre AP DC
Public Speaking DC
Advanced Animal Science
Advanced Plant and Soil Science

Amarillo College
SGNL 1301 and 1302
BIOL 1108, 1308, 1109 and 1309
GOVT 2305
ECON 2301
ENG 1301 & 1302
EMSP 1163 & 1501
MATH 1314(College Algebra) &1316 (Trig)
MATH 1324 & 1325
HIST 1301 & 1302
SPAN 1411 & 1412
SPCH 1315
AGRI 1419 (Frank Phillips College)
AGRI 1407 (Frank Phillips College)

Randall High School
American Sign Language III DC
Business Information Management II DC
Biology AP/DC
Chemistry AP/DC
Computer Maintenance DC
English IV DC
Health Science EMT
Public Speaking DC
Pre-Calculus Pre-AP/DC
U.S. History AP/DC
U.S. Government AP/DC
Advanced Animal Science **DC
Advanced Plant and Soil Science**DC

Amarillo College
SGNL 1301 & 1302
BCIS 1401 & BCIS 1305
BIOL 1406 &1407 12
CHEM 1311, 1312, 1111 & 1112
CPMT 1305 (IT Essentials)
ENG 1301 & 1302
EMSP 1163 & 1501
SPCH 1315
MATH 1314 &1316
HIST 1301 & 1302
GOVT 2305
AGRI 1419 (Frank Phillips College)
AGRI 1407 (Frank Phillips College)

Note: CISD and Frank Phillips College have developed a new agreement to offer Dual Credit Advanced Animal Science and Advanced Plant and Soil Science. These courses will be offered at both Canyon High and Randall High. See your counselor for more details about taking these Dual Credit courses.

West​ ​Texas​ ​A&M​ ​Pre​ ​University​ ​Program​ ​(PUP)
Canyon​ ​ISD/West​ ​Texas​ ​A&M​ ​University


West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) and Canyon Independent School District (CISD) have chosen to offer high school students dual credit opportunities through the Pre-University Program (PUP) with the purpose of providing excellent campus-based higher education academic experiences for high school students who intend to pursue a university level degree. The best part is that upon approval of an advisor, the courses taken can be for dual credit and only cost $150. Contact your counseling center for a list of course offerings which would match your career path.

Student​ ​Eligibility

High school juniors or seniors are eligible to participate if they have met the eligibility requirements of beginning freshmen at WTAMU. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a requirement by the Texas state Legislature. Students must have met these requirements in the areas they plan to take classes. More information regarding TSI is available through Advising Services at WTAMU (806-651-5300).

Student​ ​Expectations​ ​and​ ​Services

Students enrolled in the Pre University Program:

  • Are expected to follow University rules and regulations.
  • Are classified as students not seeking degrees (undeclared majors).
  • Are limited to two (2) WTAMU courses each fall, spring, or summer session.
  • Will receive academic advising for course registration at Advising Services.
  • Must provide to the Office of Admissions, upon high school graduation, a final high school transcript showing rank in class and graduation date.
  • Are not eligible for financial aid while enrolled in Pre University Program. High School designees should verify that a student who participates in a college curriculum would not be disqualified from a desired University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition.