Saint Joseph Academy is committed to delivering a comprehensive and rigorous academic program to its students. Included in SJA’s college-preparatory academic program are a formidable lineup of Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment (DE) courses.  

AP courses are college-level courses taught to prepare students for AP tests, which are taken at the end of the school year to earn college credit and/or “advanced placement” (hence, “AP”). The AP exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Usually, a student must get a score of 3 or higher to gain college credit.

Currently, SJA offers over a dozen AP Courses in a variety of subjects. All students enrolled in an AP course must take the AP exam at the end of the school year where they have the opportunity to earn college credit with a passing score. 

A dual enrollment course is also a college-level course taken during high school that counts for both college and high school credit. Unlike AP courses, credit isn’t determined by an exam at the end of the year, but you do need to earn a grade of C or higher in the course. 

SJA has dual enrollment partnerships with both UTRGV and TSC where students can earn up to 35 college credits—at no additional cost to families. The TSC dual enrollment courses are taught by SJA faculty. UTRGV dual enrollment courses are taught by UTRGV faculty on the SJA campus, exclusively to SJA students. Upon successful completion of a dual enrollment course, the SJA student will have earned the college credit and an official college transcript will reflect the earned credit.

Pictured from left to right at the MOU signing: SJA Principal Melissa Valadez '90, SJA President Michael Motyl, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Deputy President Dr. Janna Arney '82, Director of Special Programs-Dual Credit, Michael Aldape

How To Sign Up

Course registration occurs in collaboration with UTRGV. Eligible students will work closely with UTRGV and SJA counselors to navigate Apply Texas and complete the registration process during the spring semester. More information about the program will be shared at the College and Career Planning Night on Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 pm in Br. Francis Garza Student Center. Additional meetings will be held leading up to the launch of the program, tentatively scheduled for May and August. 
 



2020-2021 Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement Course Offerings

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Advanced Placement Courses

AP Calculus A/B
AP Computer Science Principles
AP French 
AP Spanish Literature
AP Spanish Language
AP Studio Art 2D
AP United States History
AP World History 
AP Human Geography
AP Psychology 
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 


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Dual Enrollment Courses

UTRGV Partnership
11th Grade
ENGL 1301 Comp I
HIST 1301 US History I
ENGL 1302 Comp II
HIST 1302 US History II


12th Grade
POLS 2305 US Federal Govt & Politics
ENGL 2341 Intro to Literature
POLS 2306 Texas Govt & Politics
ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics


TSC Partnership
10th Grade
MATH 1314 College Algebra

11th Grade
MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus

12th Grade
MATH 2412 Calculus I