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PHS students taking 600 hours of college classes

PISD_Sign2Paris High School’s dual credit program is giving students a head start on college – 120 students working on credit for 599 hours this semester alone.

“That’s $31,841 paid out of the high school allotment funds and not by our parents,” Mark Hudson, deputy superintendent of curriculum and student services, told the school board Monday.

Dual credit courses give students credit for a high school class and Paris Junior College course at the same time. The spring semester has:

  • 36 students taking English IV and ENGL 1302 (108 hours)
  • 34 students taking Spanish III and SPAN 1412 (136 hours)
  • 16 students taking Spanish IV and SPAN 2312 (48 hours)
  • 45 students taking pre-calculus and MATH 1316 (135 hours)
  • Eight students taking calculus and MATH 2414 (32 hours)
  • 35 students taking biology and BIOL 1409 (140 hours)

Recent changes in state law allow students to take a wider range of classes as they seek credit for graduation, such as vocational courses and dual credit classes – something Superintendent Paul Jones said Paris Independent School District hopes to take advantage of

“We’re trying to expand the course offerings for next year,” he said. “We have to have an agreement with PJC to make that happen.”

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