STEPHENVILLE — Beginning fall 2023, De Leon High School students can earn university credit before they graduate, thanks to Tarleton State University’s dual enrollment program, Tarleton Today.
Tarleton and De Leon Independent School District leaders signed the agreement in April.
“This partnership strengthens our commitment to educational attainment for all Texans,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “Earning university credit while learning the expectations of higher education helps high school students bridge the transition to college while also saving them money.”
Tarleton already collaborates with more than 350 school districts statewide, including De Leon, through its nationally acclaimed Distinguished High School Partners outreach. Launched in 2020, the program guarantees admission and provides annual scholarships to qualifying seniors.
“De Leon ISD is excited to partner with Tarleton State University in the Tarleton Today initiative,” said Superintendent Dana Marable. “Our advanced animal science students will be enrolled in dual credit courses in the 2023-24 school year. We look forward to being part of this program as it develops and serves our students.”
Students participating in Tarleton Today take university courses over a traditional school year, receiving the high school portion of their instruction from their high school teacher and the university portion from a Tarleton professor. In addition to course content, Tarleton faculty empower students with university-ready skills and provide professional development for collaborating teachers.
Tarleton is developing dual enrollment opportunities in agricultural and STEM areas with school districts throughout Texas. Districts will choose the courses they offer.
Dual enrollment classes use the same lesson materials and learning objectives as courses taught at a Tarleton campus. Students who continue their education at Tarleton automatically qualify for additional scholarships.