TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Students at Tupelo High School have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree at the same time.
This “middle college” is a joint agreement between the Tupelo Public School District and Itawamba Community College.
(L-R): Dr. Rob Picou of TPSD & Dr. Jay Allen of ICC
The program will launch in August for current THS juniors.
The initial pilot group will attend classes at ICC’s Tupelo campus for most of the school day while also taking classes at THS.
However, high school students must qualify for the program.
A student must be a high school junior with a minimum of 14 core Carnegie unit credits, including completion of Algebra II, and in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
They must score at least a 17 ACT sub-score in English Language Arts and a 19 ACT sub-score in math.
“The middle college isn’t designed for every student, but for those who qualify, it’s the perfect model to graduate high school and enter college as a junior,” said Rob Picou, Tupelo school superintendent.