Accessing College While in High School

CHS is a program for high school students who want to challenge themselves with the more demanding requirements of college-level coursework.

All CHS students develop a graduation plan that covers the four years of high school and two years of college at COM to be sure that they take advantage of all dual credit opportunities. You may view sample graduation plans by clicking on the following links:

College Classes

CHS students are eligible to enroll in any college course for which they meet the prerequisites and have CHS and high school approval.

Dual Credit

Because CHS students are full-time college students, the list of courses for which they may earn dual credit is much larger than for traditional dual credit students. Dual credit courses will be placed on the student's high school transcript. Students must refer to their home high school's student handbook to determine how the grades will be calculated in their GPAs and class ranking. To determine the high school courses for which students may earn dual credit, parents, students and educators should reference the crosswalk of dual credit courses.

Concurrent Credit

Not all college classes have a high school course equivalent. Students may enroll in courses that are not on the dual credit list, but they will receive concurrent credit for these courses. This means that the course will not appear on the high school transcript.

High School Classes

Core Academics

Until students have satisfied lower-level course requirements and/or have met the prerequisites for college-level courses, high school level courses are offered on the college campus.Students may take Pre-AP English 9 and 10, Pre-AP World History, Pre-AP World Geography, Pre-AP Algebra 2, Pre-AP Geometry, Pre-AP Pre-Calculus, Pre-AP Chemistry, Pre-AP Physics, Money Matters and Journalism for high school credit only. Which courses are offered each year depends upon students' needs.

Other High School Classes

Students who need classes for graduation that do not have a comparable college course may take them on their home high school campus or through correspondence, TX VSN, TTU K-12 and/or online through an outside vendor.

Transitions Classes

All students are enrolled in a student success class each semester that they participate in CHS. Curriculum for these courses focuses on preparing students to be successful in college and the workforce.

Many career discovery activities are included in the CHS Student Success courses. Students develop personal, educational and career portfolios and have access to career development websites.

Industry/Career Mentoring

The Collegiate High School (CHS) Senior Mentoring Program is a partnership between College of the Mainland, students, industry and the business community. It is designed to be a significant component of CHS in order to provide direction, leadership and growth for students to achieve success in life. Each semester CHS seniors are connected to a member of the community who is currently in the career that interests the student. Monthly meetings allow students to learn more about the career from a real-life perspective as well as to learn the expectations in that career pathway.