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$50 buys numerous college classes for MS high school students

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

More than 200 students at Northwest Rankin High School are enrolled in college courses at the high school and getting high school and college credit for those classes simultaneously.

The high school credit isn't just an elective credit, as it has been in years past. Legislation passed this year paved the way for a more valuable dual enrollment program.

Senior Kelsey Hubbard is knocking out her entire first semester of college before she graduates high school.

"I'm enrolled in (English) Comp 1 and 2, Biology 1 and 2, Intermediate Algebra and Algebra," Hubbard said. 

And guess how much she's paying? $50 for all of those classes. It's part of the agreement Rankin County schools worked out with Hinds Community College.

"I just think it's affordable too, it's convenient because I can come to school, get my college credit, then be able to be ahead in college," Hubbard said.

With 800 students enrolled, RCSD has the highest number of dual enrollment students in the state this year.

"Currently, they can take an English Comp course and receive credit for English 4 or 3, and that's helped increase our enrollment numbers," said Dual Enrollment English Teacher Cindy Christian.

Wesley Watts is taking six college credit hours of English Comp.

"We're having to write scholarship essays, and it's been a lot of help because there's a bunch of them to write," Watt said. "When I get to college, I'm gonna have one step on everyone else because I'm already gonna know how to do it."

There's a long list of classes offered, from Art and Chemistry to Physiology and French.

The registration fees in each school district may vary. 

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