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Dual Credit and Specialised Pathways

We are delighted to offer dual credit and specialized pathways for students in Years 12 and 13 (equivalent to 11th and 12th grade) who are enrolled at the British International School of Houston. These credits or enhancements to their curriculum are through Baylor University, Savannah College of Art and Design ​or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)

SCAD, 'The University for Creative Careers' is based in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). They offer majors ranging from Advertising, Interactive Design, User Experience, Fine Art and Game Development to Fashion Marketing and Management. 

BIS Houston students in the International Baccalaureate Career Related Program (IBCP) may take courses online through SCAD during their Years 12 and 13 as dual credits. Students may earn up to 25 credit hours at SCAD and benefit from resources and individualized attention. They may also have the opportunity to fast track their first year at SCAD. See SCAD's informative video here.

SCAD offers IBCP students sequence tracks, each of which contains 5 units. Students generally take 3 units in Year 12 and 2 units in Year 13. Each unit consists of 5 credit hours and is taken alongside the student’s high school curriculum as dual credits. 

Courses are chosen based on a student’s interest and credit requirements for the IBCP diploma. Sequence tracks available to IBCP students are as follows: Foundation Studies*, Foundation Studies - School of Digital Media majors*, Foundation Students and Liberal Arts*, Foundation Studies and Liberal Arts (DRAW100 not required), Advertising and Branding*, Graphic Design*, Interactive Design and Game Development*, Photography, Sequential Art, Business of Beauty and Fragrance, Fashion Marketing and Management, Social Strategy and Management* 

*Sequence tracks are STEM Pathways

SCAD First Year Fast Track Options

Options

Fast Track Freshman Year

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IBCP + 4 DP Classes (1SL + 3HL)

1 Year + 3 course

1 Year at SCAD is 45 credits. Students transfer 1 year and 15 credits.

IBCP + 4 DP CLASSES (2SL+2HL)

1 Year + 2 courses

1 year at SCAD is 45 credits. Students transfer 1 year and 10 credits.

IBCP + 3 DP CLASSES (1SL + 2HL)

1 Year + 1 course

1 year at SCAD is 45 credits. Students transfer 1 year and 5 credits.

IBCP + 3 DP CLASSES (2SL + 1HL)

1 Year

1 year at SCAD is 45 credits. Students transfer 1 year worth of credits.

IBCP + 2 DP CLASSES (2 HL)

1 Year

1 year at SCAD is 45 credits. Students transfer 1 year worth of credits.

 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has campuses at Daytona Beach, FL, Prescott, AZ and Worldwide (online) and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). They offer university programs specializing in aviation, aeronautical engineering and aerospace.They also offer the full range of liberal arts and science options. BIS Houston students may take courses online through the ERAU Worldwide Campus Dual Enrollment Program during their Years 12 and 13.

Baylor University

Baylor University is a private university located in Waco, TX and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). They have over 15,000 students and offer a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degrees.  

Baylor Accelerate Program

The Baylor Accelerate Program offers students the ability to take Baylor University courses to enhance their high school diploma or jump to the front of the line with preferred admissions to Baylor University. To qualify for the program, students at BIS Houston must meet the following:

  • Be enrolled full-time in Year 12 or Year 13 (equivalent to 11th or 12th grade) at BIS Houston
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be in good financial and academic standing with the school 
  • Apply and be accepted to the Accelerate Program through Mr Jonathan Cox, Head of Secondary School.

Once approved to enroll in Baylor's Accelerate Program, students will receive a unique enrollment form allowing them to register for Baylor classes. These classes must be approved by the Head of Secondary School. 

Baylor Accelerate & British International School of Houston Preferred Admission Policy

Option 1: Junior Year + Rising Senior Summer
A student may be admitted early to Baylor after fulfilling the following 12 hours:

  • Completes 3 course hours in the fall of their junior year
  • Completes 3 course hours in spring term of their junior year
  • Completes 6 hours during the summer prior to their senior year
  • Achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA on hours earned

Option 2: Rising Senior Summer
A student may be admitted early to Baylor after fulfilling the following:

  • Completes 9 course hours in the SUMMER prior to their senior year
  • Achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA on hours earned

Upon completion of option 1 or option 2 and if a student’s school record demonstrates good academic standing throughout high school, the student will be considered to have met the academic requirements for admission. They may be admitted early to Baylor after completing an undergraduate admissions application (available each August). Admission is contingent on a review of additional information covering behavioral and conduct issues.

Pathway Options

 

IBCP High School Pathway

IBDP Pathway

US High School Diploma

Acceptance Information

Baylor University

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In addition to high school credits, Baylor courses offered online are available to earn university credits.* Cost is $750 per credit hour.

Please see Baylor’s Preferred Admissions Policy with BIS Houston.

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

SCAD offers multiple sequence tracks containing 5 units. Each unit is 5 credit hours. No additional costs to the family.

In addition to high school credits, SCAD courses offered online are available for students to earn university credits.* Cost is around $2200 per unit.

Upon completion of 25 credit hours through SCAD, students may earn admission to SCAD.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)

IBCP students use ERAU online credits as IBCP courses. The academic team will map out the IBCP curriculum including ERAU courses. There are no charges for courses mapped out as part of the student’s IBCP. No additional costs to the family.

In addition to high school credits, ERAU courses offered online are available for students to earn university credits.* Cost is $250 per credit hour.

Successful IBCP / dual enrollment students will have preferred application status to ERAU.

IBCP routes may allow completion of university freshman year requirements. Please inquire for further information.

Statement on Transferability of Credit

Transferability of credit among institutions of higher learning is always at the discretion of the receiving institution.  While the credit granted by these SACSCOC accredited institutions is transcripted and designed to be considered for transfer, no institution can guarantee the transfer of credit at another institution.