Students will be able to obtain dual credit in middle school for high school graduation, just as high school students obtain college credits, once a new program for advanced opportunities is open.

Dual Credit in Middle SchoolThe New Plymouth School District is opening an advanced opportunities program, allowing students after sixth grade to begin the path to earning dual credits.

According to superintendent Kevin Barker, the program will serve to clear space in students’ schedules, so that they can take dual credit classes once they are in high school.

“We are ready to seamlessly transition into this new program,” Barker said.

Current eighth graders have the option to take high school level math. Sean King, New Plymouth Middle School principal Sean King says that all teachers who instruct the high school classes at the middle school will be certified to teach grades 6 through 12

The middle school component is based on dual credit options that have existed at Plymouth High School for years. High school students can accumulate enough credits through partnerships with the College of Western Idaho and the Idaho Digital Learning Academy to earn an associates degree when they graduate high school.

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