The Collegiate Academy allows students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree. The student body consists of high school juniors and seniors enrolled in dual credit courses at their high school and MGCCC. The Collegiate Academy expands learning opportunities for highly motivated students, provides up to 60 hours of college credit transferable to universities, and/or an industry certification credential. The key to the success of this initiative is a strong partnership between the independent school districts and MGCCC.
Who might be a good fit for Collegiate Academy?
A potential Collegiate Academy student:
• Will meet all eligibility criteria for dual credit/dual enrollment.
• Will be a junior (14 core high school units) in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or above.‡
• Will submit an unconditional written recommendation from his/her high school principal or guidance counselor.
• Demonstrates the maturity to cope with the challenges and relative freedom of a college environment.
• Has demonstrated appropriate, responsible, and respectful behavior on the high school campus.
What can students expect after completion of Collegiate Academy?
• High school graduation.
• Associate degree from college and/or industry certification credentials.
• Transfer scholarship opportunities.
• Accumulation of 60 college credits and/or industry certification credentials.
• Strong connection and identification with a community of learners.
• Increased maturity, independence, and evidence of coping skills.
‡Alternative admission is possible with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum composite ACT score of 30 or equivalent SAT score.
CUSTOMIZATION & FLEXIBILITY
What can school districts expect when designing Collegiate Academy?
• MGCCC will work with each school district to customize Collegiate Academy within this framework.
• The curriculum can be customized to meet the needs of the district within degree requirements. This includes the new Mississippi Graduation Requirements with Endorsement Options, excluding most health care programs.§
• Students attend normal high school activities (athletics, band, choir, etc.) and organize college classes to fit within their schedule.
• Classes are taught at the high school (up to 14 credit hours) and local MGCCC campus/online.
What can students expect when taking classes at Collegiate Academy?
• MGCCC will work with students and their high school counselor to customize their educational journey.
• In addition to students experiencing flexible course scheduling, students will be exposed to a rigorous college curriculum and expert faculty.
• Students will have access to a cadre of student service professionals for assistance with university transfer advising.
• Students can engage in high school activities and, if desired, college activities – excluding athletics.
• Students will have a refreshing challenge with the opportunity for increased individual attention through faculty tutoring in the Learning Lab.
§Traditional Diploma, Traditional Diploma with Career Technical Endorsement, Traditional Diploma with Academic Endorsement, and Traditional Diploma with Distinguished Academic Endorsement (pending State Board of Education approved).
1: CHOOSE A CAREER PATHWAY.
There are eight Meta-Majors from which to choose. This choice will guide the student’s coursework in the first semester. Some classes are mandatory regardless of major. The classes labeled as “electives” will be directed toward specific majors.
2: CHOOSE AN AREA OF EMPHASIS.
In subsequent semesters, students will identify a more specific career pathway within a Meta-Major or choose a different Meta Major. This choice will guide the student’s coursework.
3: GUIDANCE ALONG THE PATHWAY.
High School Counselors should employ intrusive advising to ensure students are on track to graduate, which should be done in concert with College Enrollment Specialists.
COLLEGIATE ACADEMY AT MGCCC OFFERS:
• A customized high school experience with the rigor of college.
• A transition to college in a flexible, supportive, and academically enriched environment.
• A chance to get a head start on a college degree while earning a high school diploma.
• A mature alternative to the traditional high school environment.
• An environment that surrounds students with positive role models, helps them acclimate to college-level standards, and engages full immersion into both the high school and collegiate environment.