Beginning in August of 2000, Madison County School District and Holmes Community College implemented a School Day Dual Enrollment Program for advanced high school seniors. The School Day Dual Enrollment Program allows seniors the opportunity to take college classes within the time frame allocated for the regular high school day. The following paragraphs should provide additional information about this program and the requirements for participation.
Initial Admission Requirements
(upon entering the senior year)
1. The student must have earned a minimum ACT Composite Score of 20, SAT Combined Score of 990, and an overall average of 85.0 or higher.
2. The student must have earned a minimum of 20 credits and be classified as a senior.
3. The student must have passed a minimum of 5 credits (can include summer School) from courses taken in the preceding school year.
4. The student must not have any disciplinary infractions resulting in expulsion or placement at the Madison County Alternative School during the preceding school year.
Continuing Participation Requirements for Spring Semester
A student’s eligibility for participation in the spring semester Dual Enrollment Program will be assessed at the conclusion of first semester. Any student who fails to meet the conditions listed below will forfeit the privilege of participating in the spring semester and will be returned to the high school for placement in a traditional daily schedule.
1. The student must obtain a passing grade in every high school and college course taken at the conclusion of the fall semester.
2. The student must be in compliance with the attendance policy of both Madison County School District and Holmes Community College in order to continue during the spring semester.
3. Dual Enrollment Program students must adhere to all rules and regulations as established by the Holmes Community College Student Handbook. Any violation of a rule that results in a student being dismissed from any college classroom, or from Holmes Community College will disqualify continued participation.
4. The student must not have had any disciplinary infractions resulting in expulsion or placement at the Madison County Alternative School during the preceding semester.
At the conclusion of the fall semester, Holmes Community College will report the name (only) of any student who fails to meet the eligibility requirements to continue in this program during the spring semester.
College Course Load
Dual Enrollment Program students will be required to take a minimum of one (1) and no more than two (2) college courses per semester. In college terms, a student will be required to take a minimum of three (3) hours per semester, but could take up to six (6) hours per semester. Students participating in this program will have earned between six (6) and twelve (12) hours of transferable, college credits upon their graduation from high school.
College Course Offerings
The course offerings and class schedules for each semester will be determined Holmes Community College. The college courses that Holmes Community College will be offering to Dual Enrollment students will transfer to any state university and most all private colleges in Mississippi.
As this is an optional program, Madison County School District will provide no transportation for students choosing to participate in this program. Dual Enrollment students and their families will personally assume all financial and legal liability involved in the travel between the high school and the college.
Any Dual Enrollment student committing an infraction resulting in dismissal from Holmes Community College during the semester will be reported and returned to the high school for immediate placement into a traditional daily schedule. All tuition or fees paid will be forfeited.
Daily Student Schedule
Students qualifying for the Dual Enrollment Program will take regular high school courses during the first two block periods of each day and then will be dismissed from the high school. On the alternating day (A Day, B Day) block schedule, this will allow the student to take and earn four high school credits. All students participating in this program will be required to take a minimum of 4 high school credits at Ridgeland High School during the school year, and must have completed or be enrolled in all course work necessary to meet the requirements for high school graduation. No Dual Enrollment students will be permitted to take a study hall.
Using the current year’s time schedule, the typical daily schedule for a RHS senior in the Dual Enrollment Program would be as follows:
“A” Day “B” Day
8:18 – 9:51 AM Class # 1 8:18 – 9:51 AM RHS Class # 3
9:51 – 10:01 AM Break 9:51 – 10:01 AM Break
10:06 – 11:39 AM Class # 2 10:06 – 11:39 AM RHS Class # 4
11:39 AM Dismissal 11:39 AM Dismissal
12:15 PM Holmes Class Begins 12:15 PM Holmes Class Begins
The Dual Enrollment Program classes at Holmes Community College will begin each day at 12:15 P.M. As there are no Friday classes, most classes will meet from 12:15 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. on either Monday & Wednesday, or Tuesday & Thursday. There may be a few classes offered that will meet only one day per week from 12:15 P.M. to 2:55 P.M.
If a student enrolls in a Dual Enrollment class but drops the class before the semester ends, they will be returned to RHS and placed in a 3rd and 7th period study hall for the remainder of the semester.
Fall & Spring Registration
The dates for both the Fall and Spring Registration will be announced to all students.
On registration date, students will be required to have already submitted an Application for Admission and an ACT or SAT Score Report. Students will select their college courses on first come, first serve basis. A copy of the student’s high school transcript and a letter of recommendation supporting the student’s enrollment in this program will be sent to Holmes Community College. It is the individual student's responsibility to preregister for courses and to bring a copy of that preregistration schedule back to the RHS Counselor's Office.
Class Enrollment Requirements
In order for any class to be offered, Holmes Community College requires a minimum of ten (10) students. Although the afternoon class offerings are designed primarily and with first option for Dual Enrollment Program students, any space available after the final Dual Enrollment registration deadline may be filled with other Holmes Community College students.
As typical with most colleges, grade reports will be issued only two (2) times during each semester, at the midterm and at the end. The midterm grades for both fall and spring semesters will be returned to the high school for distribution to Dual Enrollment students, while the final semester grade will be mailed directly to the student’s home at the conclusion of the semester. All Dual Enrollment students must sign a permission form for Holmes to release their grades to RHS. These forms will be given out prior to the beginning of the semester of enrollment. The grades earned for college courses will not be included on the high school transcript and will not replace any high school courses required for graduation.
Through an agreement between MCSD and Holmes, students taking the following courses will be eligible to receive both high school and college hour credits. Currently these are the only courses which students are eligible to receive dual credit.
High School Course
Holmes CC Course
High School Dual Credit
½ Carnegie unit
½ Carnegie unit
Western Civilization II
½ Carnegie unit
General Psychology I
½ Carnegie unit
Introduction to Sociology
½ Carnegie unit
½ Carnegie unit
A numerical grade will be placed on the student’s high school transcript using the translation scale listed below:
Dual Credit College /High School Grade Translation
A= 97 C= 80 F=69
B= 89 D= 72 W= NC
College credit for courses taken through the Dual Enrollment Program will be granted, but reserved until the student either graduates from high school or is admitted to college as a full-time student. It will be the responsibility of the individual student to request that any college credit hours earned in the Dual Enrollment Program be sent to the college/university they will be attending the following Fall.
Tuition & Textbooks
Each Dual Enrollment Program student is financially responsible for his or her own tuition & fees, and textbooks.