College Readiness

Knowing all the things needed to be college ready can be overwhelming, but we are here to work with you and make this process as smooth as possible. 

Once a student has an idea of what college or university they are leaning towards, set up a time to visit with the counselor who will help you create a plan and timeline to complete all of the requirements for admission.  This includes making an informed decision about which test is required (ACT, SAT, or TSI) and options for taking the test.  Each college/university is unique and requirements vary from institution to institution. 

This is an exciting time for you and we look forward to working with you as you begin your journey beyond high school.

General Resources

Dual Credit Classes

With individual approval from the counselor, 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 order to be eligible for enrollment in the dual credit program (and all subsequent dual credit courses), a student must be pre‐approved by the Counselor.  Requirements for admission to the Dual Credit program include: achieved at or above the state exemption scores on ACT, SAT, or STAAR End of Course (EOC); meeting minimum passing standards on the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exam; and a minimum overall high school numeric grade point average of 85.00 or above for incoming juniors and above.  

Students are responsible for all admissions paperwork requirements, initial financial payments, and all books, materials, and supplies needed for the courses.   Numeric grades will be provided to Alto lSD by Angelina College for transcript recording and grade point average weighting. Articulation agreements between Alto High School and Angelina College have been established for the following courses only, beginning June 1, 2010.







*Only courses for which Alto High School has an articulation agreement with a college will be deemed "Dual Credit," and thus be granted ten points per semester for final grade point average and class rank purposes. Those particular courses are listed above as "Dual Credit."

The ten (10) points will be awarded on the first attempt at classes (listed above) taken at Angelina College. A student may elect to re‐take a class at Angelina College, but the first attempt will be the only grade eligible for the ten (10) points and to be included in the GPA.   Any student involved in academic dishonesty will be ineligible for the ten (10) points awarded for the class taken.  

Students taking dual credit courses at Angelina College will follow Angelina College's testing procedures. Angelina College may allow students to test at Alto HS with a proctor present. This testing procedure will be set up by the Alto HS Administration. This will be allowed during fall, spring, and summer sessions. Summer session testing will be limited to three days during the summer semesters. Room 14 at Alto HS will be the location for the testing with an Alto ISD employee providing the proctoring.  

If a student takes a course both at the high school level and at the college level, the highest of the semester grades will be calculated in for grade point average and class rank. Only courses listed above as Advanced Placement, Honors, or Dual Credit courses will receive the extra ten points. College courses NOT required for graduation from Alto High School will not be reflected on the student's high school transcript, nor averaged in final grade point or class rank calculations, and will not be reimbursed by Alto ISD for tuition. These might include Psychology, Sociology, Medical Terminology, etc. 

Dual credit college courses not completed by the end of the fifth six weeks of the student's senior year in high school will not be averaged in the final grade point average, and thus not be considered in final class rank.

Post-Secondary Prep Testing

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

TSIA-2 Texas Success Initiative 

PSAT/NMSQT Preliminary Aptitude Test 11th Grade

SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test 

ACT American College Test 

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

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

Dual Credit Tuition Reimbursement Program

Alto High School has entered into an exclusive Dual Credit Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Agreement with Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas. Courses taken for Dual Credit at Angelina College only will count toward high school credits and weighted grade point averaging at Alto High School. Courses may be taken either in person on the Angelina College campus or via the internet.

Students taking dual credit courses at Angelina College will be reimbursed for the tuition fees only upon completion of the course with a grade of "C" or higher. Students must submit the proper paper work to the HS Counselor to receive reimbursement. This policy is contingent on available funding.

In order to be reimbursed, the following must be submitted by the appropriate deadline.

1. Detailed receipt for the semester (reimbursement is for tuition only - not additional fees).

2. Final grade for the course.

Deadlines for tuition reimbursement:

  • Fall Semester - due by Jan 31
  • Spring Semester - due by Jun 30
  • Summer 1 & 2 Semesters - due by Aug 26