- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - The Ocean Springs School District and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College have signed an agreement for the junior college to offer courses to high school students.

Four college courses will courses will be offered to juniors and seniors at Ocean Springs High School this fall. They are Algebra, English Composition I, Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology.

The agreement was signed this past week.

Ocean Springs superintendent Bonita Coleman-Potter says 200 students have registered for the classes.

To qualify, students must have a 3.0 grade point average and scored a 19 in Math on the American College Test (ACT) to take College Algebra or 17 in English to take the English Comp course.

Students can earn a maximum of 14 college credit hours. Once the limit is reached, they have the option to earning more credits by taking courses on the junior college campus - up to a maximum of 30 allowed prior to high school graduation.

Students registering for dual enrollment will pay a once-a-year registration fee of $50 and pay $30 per class book rental fee, which goes to the community college.

The school district will pay $1,800 per class per semester to MGCCC for the college instructors. Coleman-Potter says the cost is far less than the cost of hiring teachers into the district.

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