Dual Enrollment and Accelerated Coursework

Dual Enrollment

A dual enrolled student is a student who is enrolled in a community/junior college or state institution of higher learning while enrolled in high school.

Dual Enrolled students can earn up to a semester’s worth of college credit in high school. A semester’s worth of college credit equals 15 credit hours at Mississippi community/junior colleges or 12 credit hours at Mississippi public universities. One (1) three-hour university or community/junior college course is equal to one (1) high school Carnegie unit.

Getting Ahead with Accelerated Coursework

Accelerated coursework such as Advanced Placement, Cambridge, and IB courses, enable students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit — while still in high school.

There are many reasons to take accelerated coursework courses. You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Challenge yourself academically.
  • Build college-level academic skills.
  • Set yourself apart in college admission.
  • Earn college credit and placement with a successful exam score.
  • Skip introductory courses

EXPLORE: Browse around the College Board’s Explore AP site (opens in a new window)opens in a new window to learn more about the benefits that AP can offer you.  Talking to your parents, guardians or friends about accelerated coursework is also a good way to get another perspective.

DISCUSS: If you think accelerated coursework might be right for you, schedule a meeting to discuss it with your counselor or teacher. You can prepare with this conversation starter —  a useful guide for your discussion together.

ENROLL: Make sure to ask your counselor or teacher about deadlines for signing up for courses at your school.

For more information, download to read the  The Mississippi Dual Enrollment and Accelerated Coursework Manual.

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