Dual credit is a program which allows high school students to earn college or vocational credit toward a degree at a Mississippi public institution. These courses simultaneously count as credit toward a high school diploma. These courses do NOT take the place of other required courses/credits (such as English 12 or a fourth-year math).
Currently, Hillcrest offers English Composition I, English Composition II, and College Algebra through a partnership with Hinds Community College.
In order to be eligible for dual credit, students must have the following:
- Completed a minimum of 14 core high school units
- Earned a minimum score of 19 on the ACT with a subscore of 18 in English and/or 20 in math.
- Earned a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or better on all high school courses as documented on an official high school transcript.
- Obtained an unconditional written recommendation from their prior year’s English instructor and/ or the high school principal.
Exception: Any student who has earned a minimum overall score of 30 on the ACT can participate in dual credit even if 14 core units have not been earned.
If a student is considering taking dual credit courses, it is critical that he or she is aware that these are college classes. The work assigned will be more difficult than other courses, and personal responsibility and time management are critical skills for success.
Similarly, not only must students register for these classes through the course selection process at Hillcrest, they must also register on the Hinds Community College website in order to receive college credit. Students will receive a student ID number which will give them access to my.Hinds, through which all college business is conducted (checking grades and attendance, checking fees due, making payments, etc.). HCS faculty and staff are unable to assist with these matters on behalf of dual enrollment students.