Advanced Academics

For more information about dual credit, please see the above video.

2021-2022 Dual Credit Information

The following dual credit courses are now available for
9th grade students beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

College Course
College Course No. Replaces High School Course
Targeted Grade Level
& Semester
Learning Pathways
EDUC 1200

College Readiness
& Study Skills

Fall or Spring
Applies towards Component Area College Core Curriculum (2 SCH)
Personal Health
KINE 1304
9th – 12th,Fall or Spring
Applies towards Component Area College Core Curriculum (2 SCH)
Public Speaking
SPCH 1315
Principles of Public Speaking
Fall or Spring
Applies towards Speech Communication College Core Curriculum (3 SCH)

NOTE: If you are working towards a Logistics degree take Speech 1321.
Business & Prof. Speech
SPCH 1321
Professional Communications
Fall or Spring

Applies towards Speech Communication College Core Curriculum (3 SCH)

NOTE: Take this speech course if you are working towards a degree in Logistics.

Business Computer Applications
BCIS 1405
Business Informational Mgmt. I

Fall or Spring

Course is not part of required core curriculum in college. This course leads to a technical certificate/degree.
Beginning Spanish I SPAN 1411 Spanish IIA
9th-12 Fall  Must meet pre-requisite, which includes having taken High School Spanish I
Beginning Spanish II SPAN 1411 Spanish IIB 9th-12 Spring Must meet pre-requisite, which includes having taken High School Spanish I

Current 8th graders who are interested in taking dual credit courses during the 2021-22 school year must complete the steps listed below no later than March 31, 2021.

Step 1: 

Meet with your 8th grade counselor in order to begin the GCCISD Dual Credit Registration Process. The counselor will also provide you with a GCCISD 9th Grade Dual Credit Registration Packet.


Step 6:

Contact the Lee College Testing Center at 281-425-6842 or 281-425-6262 to schedule a time to take the TSI assessment.

Step 2:

Complete an online application for Lee College at

Step 7:

Take the TSI Assessment at Lee College. The Lee College Testing Center is located in Rundell Hall, Room 211. A student must meet the minimum TSI score for the course he/she wishes to take. Required minimum TSI scores available through the Lee College Dual Credit Department.


Step 3:

Once an application has been completed, Lee College will issue a student ID number which will be emailed to the e-mail address used on the Apply Texas application.


Step 8:

Submit all of the following to the Lee College Admissions/Records Office:

• FERPA Release Form, complete with student, parent and school official signatures

• Proof of Meningitis vaccination (if taking classes on LC campus)


Step 4:

Complete the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) at


Students must use their Lee College ID number to complete the PAA. The PAA must be completed prior to taking the Texas State Initiative (TSI) Assessments. The TSI assessment is utilized to determine college readiness.



Step 9:

Complete the GCCISD 9th Grade Dual Credit Registration Packet and return the signed packet, with parental signature included, to your 8th grade counselor no later than March 31, 2021.


[In order to facilitate the scheduling process, Grade 8 counselors are responsible for submitting all completed registration packets to the High School College & Career Readiness Counselor on April 2, 2021.]



Step 5:

The TSI assessment consists of 3 sections: reading, writing, and math. Incoming 9th grade students will need to take the reading and writing sections of the TSI. Results are available immediately after testing.

Step 10:

Once Steps 1 through 9 have been completed, the Lee College Dual Enrollment Office will handle the registration of students. Registration is dependent upon a number of factors such as meeting the minimum TSI required score, all required paperwork completed, and etc.


  • The $50 nonrefundable will be collected at the high school level upon enrollment in the course. GCCISD will be paying the remainder of the course tuition/fees as well as purchasing and acquiring the textbooks for the course. Lee College will be paying for the first administration of the TSI assessment per student.

  • Students must sign the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Form with Lee College for the parent to have access to information such as grades, college account, transcript, etc.


Mission Statement

In the pursuit of academic excellence and civic responsibility for every student, the GCCISD is committed to an outstanding education for every child by being a nurturing, innovative, and participatory organization that produces citizens who will successfully meet the cultural, intellectual, and social challenges of a changing world.


State Goal For Services For Gifted Students Philosophy

The Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District is committed to the philosophy that all children have value and worth and that all children can learn. It also recognizes that children learn in different ways, at various rates, and at different levels of mastery. A program for academically advanced students is a necessary and integral part of this commitment. The district values the potential of all children, and so is dedicated to providing developmentally appropriate instruction and activities for those students who are capable and ready to go beyond the required mastery of basic skills and essential elements.


We believe students with gifted potential must have curriculum, which ensures mastery of basic grade level skills, but is also appropriately differentiated to allow students to reach their full potential for academic excellence. Instructional strategies should be multi-sensory and be appropriate for both age and ability. The program includes higher level thinking skills, creative and productive thinking, and opportunities for leadership. 


Students in the Goose Creek CISD GATE Program are a part of the program for excellence expected of all students.




  • The gifted and talented students in Goose Creek CISD will be self-directed learners who relate effectively to all members of society. 
  • The gifted and talented students in Goose Creek CISD will produce innovative products through the study of advanced content and the use of critical and creative thinking skills. 
  • The gifted and talented students in Goose Creek CISD will develop creative products that address current and future needs.


Program Objectives


  • Gifted students will conduct advanced levels of research, communicating the results in appropriate modes of expression.
  • Gifted students will develop a variety of problem solving skills resulting in creative, appropriate solutions. 
  • Gifted students will develop their potential through enrichment and acceleration. 
  • Gifted students will acquire learning skills needed to become self-directed, lifelong learners. 
  • Gifted students will develop healthy self-concepts and skills of interaction, including skills of leadership, with gifted peers, age mates, and society.





Elementary School (grades K-5)


Identified gifted and talented students are served on each elementary campus. They receive differentiated instruction in core content areas.



Junior School (grades 6-8)


Identified GATE students are served in Pre-Advanced Placement classes.



High School (grades 9-12)


Identified GATE students are served in Advanced Placement classes and Pre-Advanced Placement classes.


Advanced Academics & Pre-Advanced Placement

What is the Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) / Advanced Placement Program?

GCCISD has an open enrollment policy for both Pre-AP and AP courses. This means that students identified as Gifted and Talented as well as those who are non-identified but highly motivated are eligible for course enrollment. The College Board's Advanced Placement Program enables students to pursue college level studies while still in high school. The district provides motivated students a large variety of courses in many subject areas. Based on a student's performance on the rigorous AP exams, students can earn credit, advanced placement, or both, for college. Please contact your student's high school counselor to determine course availability on each high school campus.



Pre-AP courses are designed to:
  • Build a rigorous curricula;
  • Promote access to AP for all students;
  • Introduce skills, concepts and assessment methods to prepare students for success in the AP program; and Strengthen curriculum and increase the academic challenge for all students.

    Pre-AP courses begin in grade 6 and continue on through courses that are traditionally taken prior to eleventh grade. Students taking Pre-AP courses should be prepared for a more challenging curriculum than that of a regular course.


    What are AP courses like?

    AP courses are introductory college courses, so they are not easy, but neither are they impossibly difficult. Compared with regular high school courses, the AP course will be more demanding. AP courses often require time outside of class and additional work but they offer a greater opportunity to master a subject and to explore it in greater depth. Students should realize that taking an AP course is a serious commitment to their studies. Teachers of the course have had extensive training in AP strategies and course preparation prior to teaching the course.


    How much college credit does an AP score garner?

    It is important to remember that each college decides how much credit to award for AP scores. Many institutions accept a grade of 3 and above. To find out what AP scores are considered acceptable by a college, contact the college's Admissions Office.


    Performance Expectations for all AP Students

    AP courses are designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement test in the spring.


    1. All students enrolled in an Advanced Placement course must understand that the coursework will be more rigorous than regular and Pre-AP courses.
    2. The content of AP courses is dictated by the College Board's requirements. The course is designed to be taught as though the student were in a freshman level college course.


    Homeschooled, Independent Study, and Virtual School Students and Students from Other Schools


    In our descriptions of virtual schools, virtual schools are those that exclusively offer online learning; this does not include schools that may be offering distance learning this year in response to the ongoing pandemic. Similarly, “homeschooled students” are those who regularly and exclusively learn through a designated homeschool; this does not apply to students whose classes at their public or private school are being offered remotely due to the pandemic.


    Are you a homeschooled, Independent Study, or a Virtual School Student interested in taking a College Board AP Exam?


    Click on the link below to learn more about ordering and taking AP exams:


    Ordering and Taking AP Exams


    If you are homeschooled, Independent Study, or a Virtual School Student and you wish to take an AP exam, you will need to contact your local GCCISD high school. Please contact the College/Career Counselor at one of the campuses below:


    Goose Creek Memorial High School-Kim Mitchell

    Robert E. Lee High School- Nallely Pena

    Ross S Sterling High School-Heather Workman


    Exams must be ordered by November 13th. After the November 13th deadline, a late fee of $40 may be charged for exams.


    2020-21 AP Exam Schedule [rev. 3/1]