Miramar College said Friday it is collaborating with nearby Mira Mesa High School to provide college credit classes to high-achieving local students starting next fall.

“This program will allow high school students to experience a higher education. Our goal is to keep students motivated and encourage them to continue pursuing their education right here at San Diego Miramar College,” said President Patricia Hsieh.

A class at Miramar College in San Diego. Photo courtesy of the college

Mira Mesa High School will recommend students for the pilot program and a final selection of five will be made by Miramar College counselors and subject-area experts.

College-level courses available in the 2015-16 academic year will include calculus and political science.

To be eligible to apply for the program, the student would need a 3.8 overall GPA, have completed honors pre-calc with a B or higher, or take and pass the Miramar Math Department challenge test.

They will also need to take the English Accuplacer to assure they are ready to take on college-level coursework. A program application would also need to be submitted.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.