Mississippi Scholars Curriculum

for Seniors of School Year 2015 and Later


4 credits must consist of:

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


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 (www.mississippischolars.ms)


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.


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)


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


2 credits must consist of:

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


  • 40 hours of community or volunteer service during 4 years of high school
  • 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