College Readiness

Pre-Advanced Placement (PAP) and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

PreAP/AP Courses Offered at Rusk High School

  • 1.English 1 PreAP
  • 2.English 2 Pre AP
  • 3.English 3 AP/Dual
  • 4.English 4 AP/Dual
  • 5.Biology 1 PreAP
  • 6.World History PreAP
  • 7.Chemistry PreAP
  • 8.Algebra 2 PreAP/Dual
  • 9.Pre Calculus PreAP/Dual
  • 10.Biology2 AP/Dual or Anatomy & Physiology Dual

PreAP and AP courses are more rigorous than regular classes. Freshman level PreAP courses require teacher and counselor approval. Most PreAP and AP courses require summer reading and independent study projects.


Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN)

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides online courses to eligible students through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). With counselor approval students may take the following courses through Texas Virtual School Network:

French 1, 2, 3 & 4

Spanish 3 & 4

AP English Literature and Composition

AP English Language and Composition

Computer Science 1 & 2

A student that is enrolled in one of these courses and fails the course will be required to reimburse the district for the cost of the course.


Dual Credit Courses

With individual approval from the counselor, junior and senior students may be allowed to take courses from area colleges, which will give them both high school and college credit. These are called dual credit concurrent credit courses.

In cooperation with the college, some courses may be offered on the Rusk High School campus as part of the regular school day. A Rusk teacher will teach these courses as AP-level classes, or the student will be enrolled in an online college course within the school day – Rusk High School now offers dual credit course for students who meet college readiness and enrollment standards. These include:

RHS Course

Year Taken

TJC Course Fall/Spring

Credits

English 3 Dual

11th Grade

ENGL 1301 & 1302

3 Each

English 4 Dual

12th Grade

ENGL 2322 & 2323

3 Each

Business English

12th

POFT 1301

3

US History Dual

11th Grade

HIST 1301 & 1302

3 Each

Special Topics in Soc Studies

12th Grade

HIST 1301 & 1302

3 Each

Biology 2 Dual

11th/12th

BIOL 1406 & 1407

4 Each

Anatomy & Physiology

12th

BIOL 2404* & 2401

4 Each

US Government Dual

12th

GOVT 2301

3

Economics Dual

12th

ECON 2301

3

Psychology Dual

11th/12th

PSYC 1301

3

Sociology Dual

11th/12th

SOCO1301

3

Communication App Dual

11th/12th

COM1315

3

Art Appreciation Dual

11th/12th

ART 1301

3

Drama Dual

11th/12th

DRAM 1301

3

Business Information Management 2

11th/12th

ITSC 1309

3

Medical Terminology

11th/12th

HITT 1305

3

HVAC

11th/12th

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Auto Technology

11th/12th

See Course Listing

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Electronic Controls

11th/12th

See Course Listing

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Welding

11th/12th

See Course Listing

See Course Listing

  • *BIO 1404 is a TJC Prerequisite for 1401 and is not transferrable from TJC.

The student is responsible for all tuition costs. Books are supplied for the courses listed above. For ANY college level course taken at Rusk High School that is NOT designated to award dual credit, the student is responsible for the purchase of all textbooks required.

Dual Credit Tuition Reimbursement Program

This program will be in effect based on the availability of high school allotment funds.

The following criteria must be met to pay tuition cost for a Rusk High School student:

  • 1.The student must be a junior or a senior enrolled in the Foundation plus Endorsement or Distinguished Level of Achievement graduation plans at Rusk High School.
  • 2.The student must have a “B” Average for all core courses (math, English, science, social studies) completed the previous semester at Rusk High School.
  • 3.The student must have passed all parts of the state accountability test(s) administered to date.
  • 4.The student must have no more than three (3) absences, excluding school-related activities and college visits for seniors, from any class for the previous semester.
  • 5.The student must not have any major discipline issues for the previous semester, including, but not limited to, In School Suspension or Out of School Suspension.

Those students who meet the above criteria and who are currently on the reduced or free lunch program will receive 1st priority. Funds will be distributed equally to these students for tuition costs up to two classes per semester.

Any remaining funds will be distributed equally among the remainder of the students who meet the above criteria and are qualified to enroll in dual credit college courses. The amount of funds will be limited to the amount of tuition.

If a student receives tuition reimbursement and fails or drops the course(s), the student becomes ineligible for future tuition reimbursement.


Post-Secondary Prep Testing

Tests for Military, Technical School, College, and University Bound Students

Bennett Mechanical Bennett Mechanical & Aptitude Test 10th/11th/12th Grade

TSI Texas Success Initiative 10th/11th/12th Grade

PLAN-ACT/ASPRIRE PLAN Test 10th Grade

PSAT/NMSQT Preliminary Aptitude Test 11th Grade

SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test 11th Grade

ACT American College Test 11th Grade

ASVAB Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery 11th/12th Grade

PLAN/ASPIRE Test for 10th Graders

Sophomores in Rusk High School take the ASPIRE test to help measure current academic development, explore career/training options and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years. Rusk ISD recognizes the importance of administering the ASPIRE to all students, as it focuses attention on both career preparation and improving academic achievement.

High school counselors will assist students to better understand themselves, their goals, high school programs and career options.

Most importantly, remember that current students will be leaving high school at a time in which information and technology are rapidly changing. Thus, students should take the most challenging program possible to be prepared for continued formal education and for life.

Post-Secondary Financial Aid Opportunities

Scholarships – Financial award based on merit (academic or performance) or need based

Grants – Financial award that is need based and does not have to be repaid

Loans – Money loaned from a bank or financial institution for college expenses. It must be repaid, and does incur interest on the amount borrowed. Borrower must begin to pay the loan back within six months of the date of non attendance in college whether a degree was earned or not. Clarification: if you drop out of any post secondary school (technical school, community college, university) you still have to repay the loan in full.

Work Study – on and off campus jobs available to students through the college’s financial aid office



General Resources


Career Cruising Login

Contact counselor or candis.mabry@ruskisd.net for student login.

Graduation Toolkit

TEA resource regarding the Foundation High School Program.

FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid for College

ACT

ACT test registration and information

College Board

SAT test registration and information site as well as a source for scholarships, internships, contents, and financial aid.

Apply Texas

Texas’ common college application for 2 and 4 year schools.