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Mississippi Scholars Curriculum

for Seniors of School Year 2016 and Later

 

Mississippi Scholars Curriculum Modification

Below you will find the modifications to the Mississippi Scholars Advanced Electives to make the language more transparent and consistent for the schools. It will also be more in line with the Mississippi Department of Education Traditional Diploma with Distinguished Academic Endorsement for approval from the Board. This has been reviewed by the school's counselors, Director P20 Partnerships Academic and Student Affairs Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, and CTE personnel.

Current MS Scholars language

2 credits must consist of:
Advanced Electives
2 credits must consist of:
Two foreign languages or a 5th math or 5th science of higher rigor or
Any 2 dual credit courses

New language and modifications

2 credits must consist of:
Option 1: Foreign Language I and Foreign Language II
Option 2: Foreign Language 1 and one (1) unit from Option 3
Option 3: Any combination of advanced electives above the required Carnegie units in:
English, math, science, computer science and/or (b) any Advanced Placement (AP), Academic or Career Technical Dual Credit (DC)
Any Advanced Placement (AP), Academic or Career Technical Dual Credit (DC)
Any International Baccalaureate (IB)

Completion of any two-year Career and Technical course may count as (1) unit. Example, completion of any two-year Career and Technical course may count as one unit. For example: completion of both Health Sciences I & II will count as an advanced elective.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

4 credits must consist of:

  • English I (1)
  • English II (1)
  • Two additional English credits above English II and approved for admission to IHL

MATHEMATICS

4 credits must consist of:

  • Algebra I (1)
  • Geometry (1)
  • Algebra II (1)
  • And one Carnegie Unit of comparable rigor and content may come from Mathematics courses approved for Mississippi Scholars Credit

SCIENCE

4 credits must consist of:

  • Biology I (1)
  • Chemistry (1)
  • Any 2 Carnegie Units of comparable rigor and content above Biology I and Chemistry (Physics [1] preferred). Additionally, 1 Carnegie unit may come from a Career Technical Education course.

SOCIAL STUDIES

4 credits must consist of:

  • World Geography (1/2)
  • Mississippi Studies (1/2)
  • World History Studies (1)
  • U.S. History (1)
  • U.S. Government (1/2)
  • Economics (1/2)

ARTS

1 credit of:

  • One Carnegie Unit of visual and performing arts meeting the requirements for high school graduation or
  • Two units for completion of the 2-course sequence Computer Graphics Technology I & II

ADVANCED ELECTIVES

2 credits must consist of:

  • Two Foreign Languages or a 5th Math or 5th Science of higher rigor
  • Any 2 dual credit courses

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • 40 hours of community or volunteer service during high school for seniors graduating in 2018-2021 (80 hours for seniors graduating in 2022 and later)
  • Minimum of 18 ACT Composite Score (Overall Score) for seniors graduating in 2016 and later
  • 2.5 cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from each of the following — principal, guidance counselor and business/community leader for students with more than 4 in-school suspensions)
  • 95% school attendance during 4 years of high school
  • No out-of-school suspension

CLICK HERE for a list of approved courses that can be substituted for Mississippi Scholars Credit

Mississippi Scholars Tech Master Curriculum

*Flexibility to tailor courses to area of interest.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

(4 Credits) English

MATHEMATICS

*(3 Credits) Math

  • Algebra I
  • Math above Algebra I (Course has to be related to program of study)

**Geometry Mandatory

SCIENCE

(3 Credits) Science

  • Biology I
  • 2 courses above Biology I

SOCIAL STUDIES

(3 Credits) Social Studies

  • American History
  • Government
  • MS Studies

OTHER COURSES

(1 Credit) Computer

(½ Credit) Health or PE

ELECTIVES

(2.5) Electives of your program of study

  • 4 CTE Credits in the same area of study
  • Must have 21 minimum credits - students can go the 21 or 24 credit route allowing time for internship
  • Non-negotiable

Additional Requirements for Recognition of Mississippi Scholars Tech Master Listed Below:

  • 40 hours of community or volunteer service during high school for seniors graduating in 2018-2021 (80 hours for seniors graduating in 2022 and later)
  • Minimum of 18 ACT composite score (overall score) for seniors graduating in 2018-2021 (19 for seniors graduating in 2022 or later) or Minimum 36 ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test) or Silver Level WorkKeys
  • 2.5 high school GPA
  • 95% school attendance during high school years
  • No out-of school suspension
  • Must attain a passing score, as established by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), on the Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System (CPAS2) or a passing score on an MDE approved industry certification assessment.

Mississippi Scholars Tech Master must complete any remaining State-Mandated high school graduation requirements. Dual credit courses are acceptable.

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