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Pride Prep Academy

Students in several rural school districts in Northeast Texas are getting access to college-level courses through a program called Pride Prep.
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About 10 percent of students enrolled in college courses in Texas are still in high school. They're taking dual credit classes – that's where they get high school and college credit. These dual credit classes are growing in popularity, but in rural areas, access to college can be a struggle.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD  Superintendent Charlie Alderman says applications for students in the eighth grade are now being accepted for the Pride Prep Academy, offered by the Commerce ISD and other nearby school districts.  Pride Prep accepts high-achieving students and allows them to start taking college courses as a high-school freshman.  The students graduate with 36 hours of college credit.  The Commerce ISD pays the college tuition for its own students, Alderman