St. Joe to offer Dual Enrollment classes with Mississippi College this fall

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St. Joe to offer Dual Enrollment 

classes with Mississippi College this fall  

MADISON, Miss. (Tuesday, June 8, 2021) – Seniors at St. Joseph Catholic School can enroll in English and Math classes beginning this fall and receive academic credit from their high school as well as college credit from Mississippi College.

St. Joe signed papers today with Mississippi College to offer English Comp I, English Comp II, College Algebra with Application and College Trigonometry. Each class will satisfy academic requirements for high school seniors and also earn students three hours of college credit.

“Seniors could theoretically take all high school math and English requirements this fall and graduate from St. Joe with 12 academic hours – the equivalent of one full college semester and at a substantially lower cost than college tuition,” Dr. Dena Kinsey, St. Joe principal, said.

“This gives our students a leg up,” she said. “It gives them the opportunity to have some college experience while at the same time remain in the safe place of St. Joe where they have teachers and counselors here to help them.”

St. Joseph Catholic School, founded in 1870 by the Sisters of Mercy, is celebrating more than 150 years of faith formation and education excellence. The school offers seventh- through 12th-grade students a rigorous college prep curriculum grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church.

St. Joe, 308 New Mannsdale Road in Madison just west of the Interstate 55-Mississippi 463 Exit, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting arm of Cognia.

Students at St. Joe interested in taking the English classes, math classes or both would pay a $200 fee for each class to Mississippi College. They also must have an ACT subscore of at least 20 in math and English to take the classes.

St. Joe students will enroll as an MC freshman while also having access to all other amenities offered the traditional college student.

The English and math classes will be taught on the St. Joe campus by current faculty – Dr. Ron May will teach the English classes while Julie Muse will teach the math classes. St. Joe students will visit the MC campus together to register and receive their MC student ID.

Students interested can contact Debbie Carrington, St. Joe’s guidance counselor.

The Dual Enrollment classes are in addition to Advanced Placement classes at St. Joe that include AP Biology, U.S. History and Language and Composition. Students can receive college credit for those classes if they pass the national AP exam for each with a minimum score of 3 on a scale of 1-5.

Kinsey said St. Joe and MC have been working on plans for the Dual Enrollment classes throughout the just-ended 2020-2021 school year. Everything recently feel right into place with the signing of necessary paperwork taking place today on the MC campus.

“St. Joe has been looking for a long time to do this,” Kinsey said. “It took us a while to find a school with a strong Christian background that understands the importance of faith-based academics like we do. This is a big win and will save students a lot of money on college tuition.”

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Here is a look at the Dual Credit Courses St. Joseph Catholic School and Mississippi College will jointly sponsor this fall at St. Joe.

WHAT: St. Joe and Mississippi College will offer St. Joe seniors dual enrollment courses: English Comp I, English Comp II, College Algebra with Application and College Trigonometry.

WHEN: Seniors can enroll in the classes this fall at a cost of $200 each above the normal St. Joe tuition; students will receive 3 academic hours of college credit for each course.

WHERE: Classes will be taught on the St. Joe campus by current St. Joe faculty; students enrolled will be St. Joe seniors and MC freshmen at the same time.

WHY: The Dual Enrollment program will allow high school seniors to satisfy academic requirements needed to graduate next year and receive up to 12 hours of college course work. 

CONTACT: Debbie Carrington, the guidance counselor at St. Joe, (601) 898-4800 or


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Dr. Dena Kinsey, St. Joseph Catholic School principal, signed an agreement today, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, for St. Joseph to begin offering college-level courses to Bruin seniors this fall. Seniors who meet the requirements will be able to take English Comp I, English Comp II, College Algebra with Application and College Trigonometry. Students will satisfy course requirements for high school graduation while at the same time earning 3 hours of college credit for each class they take. Each class is $200 and will be taught at St. Joe by current faculty members. Pictured here from left are: Dr. Melinda Gann, MC Math Department; Toni Canizaro, St. Joe curriculum director; Dr. John Travis, MC Math Department; Kinsey; Dr. Blake Thompson, MC president; Debbie Carrington, St. Joe counselor; Clark Kilgore, MC admissions; and Michael Wright, MC acting dean of enrollment.