Lilli is one of my favorite neighborhood kids. She recently graduated from Wylie ISD and headed to the University of Texas to begin her college experience. While I would love to see her travelling to Lubbock, I think she’ll find Austin to be worthwhile. Lilli won’t be the typical freshman. She’ll arrive on campus with twenty-seven college hours that she earned while in high school. How did Lilli do this? She took dual credit and advanced placement classes. Because of those opportunities, Lilli saved nearly $23,000 in tuition and living expenses. Even more exciting, she will be poised to graduate from college in three years. Talk about leveling up!
Since 2013, Wylie ISD has increased the number of dual credit classes taken by nearly 500% with a 99% passing rate! We attribute this to the measures being taken to ensure college readiness and the amazing teachers and staff members in our district who advocate for preparing students for life after high school. When our students leave us, they are prepared for what awaits them. As the superintendent, I take comfort in knowing that our students possess the skills and tools which will help them to achieve their goals.
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When recently speaking with Lilli, I asked her to share her ideas of what current high school students should know, and consider, when planning for college. I was so impressed by her insight and her ability to capture what it takes to be successful.
“Take as many AP or dual classes as possible because I meet so many people in college who didn’t even have AP or dual or didn’t take them and they are already behind.”
“Research your major at the schools you’re interested in attending to see what classes they accept.”
Lilli’s advice resonates with me because preparing for college can be a daunting task. We know these decisions can seem confusing; so, we want to provide you with the information you will need in order to make the best decisions possible for your children. For a VERY quick explanation of dual credit, please watch the video below which features our dual credit guru, Monica Paul.
In addition, we invite you to listen to our Wylie ISD “Achieving Kids” podcast featuring Raul Martinez, Associate Vice President of K-12, Wylie ISD’s very own Collin College, Maureen Cervantes, college and career counselor, and Dr. Kim Spicer, Deputy Superintendent of Wylie ISD. Click here to access the Podcast
As always, we want to thank you for the role you play in helping to make our Wylie ISD programs a success. Because of you, our students are achieving at high levels and are moving forward to lead happy and productive lives. Thank you for your support of our dual credit and advanced academics programs. Together, we can ensure that our kids are prepared for the future. Together, we can ensure that our kids are prepared for success—the Wylie Way!