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Tharpown looks to add dual-enrollment options

A new building is not the only addition Tharptown is experiencing, as the high school is looking to add dual-enrollment classes as an option for the 2020-21 school year.

Tharptown High School Principal Ann Scott said three THS teachers are qualified to teach dual-enrollment classes, so she hopes to start with one dual-enrollment option and then look at expanding once she see how the first class goes.

“We are still working out the details, but I think it will be a good thing,” Scott said.

Scott said the plan is to begin offering dual-enrollment history through Northwest-Shoals Community College to 10th- through 12th-graders. She said the class will most likely be the first portion of U.S. History, but the details are still being worked out as to how older students will be able to take dual-enrollment history while still meeting graduation requirements of civics and economics during their senior years.

Scott said there was an interest meeting at the school a few weeks ago for parents to learn more information, and she was surprised by how many people were in attendance.

“The library was completely packed,” Scott said. “I did not expect to see so many people there.”

Scott said the goal is to have enough students signed up for dual-enrollment history to have a full class beginning fall 2020.