Dual Credit

Get High School course credit while you are still in middle school.

There are several opportunities for 8th graders to earn a high school credit. Below is a list of these courses.

Dual Credit Opportunities

Visual Arts

High School Visual Arts is an advanced art class for students with a strong interested in learning technical drawing and sculpture skills. Students will learn the elements and principles of design, understand how to identify them in exemplar artworks, and how to use them creatively within their own artworks.  Students will be assigned a weekly sketchbook assignment to demonstrate that they understand the topics discussed in class. All art assignments are difficult and require a great amount of patience and perseverance. Students will be evaluated on creativity and skill.

High School Credit Prerequisites:


Students in High School credit chorus learn and sing music at an accelerated pace. They start work on ear training, learn major and minor key signatures, sing advanced sight-reading, and delve deeper into music theory. Students in high school credit chorus will perform in four concerts over the course of the school year. Students in High School Credit Chorus MUST have taken 7th grade chorus, unless given special permission from the instructor.


A student will be permitted to take 8th Grade Band for HS Credit (Course catalog: BAND I)  if he/she meets the following criteria:

Basic Agriculture Science

Students in Basic Agricultural Science learn about agriculture, including the importance of agriculture, forestry, agricultural mechanics, plant science, animal science, natural resources, soil sciences, food science, agricultural careers, biotechnology, and about the FFA in this year long course. Each student has to have 20 hour Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project where they complete activities related to agriculture outside of school. Students in this class are strongly encouraged to become members of JMS FFA.

Introduction to Business and Technology

Introduction to Business & Technology provides an overview of business and technology skills required for today’s business environment. Students will learn essentials for working in a business environment, managing a business, and owning a business. An emphasis will be placed on developing proficient fundamental computer skills required for all career pathways. Employability skills are integrated into activities and projects throughout the course. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of effective presentation skills are taught in this course as a foundation knowledge to prepare students to be college and career ready. Introduction to Business & Technology is a course that is designed for all high school students, but is being offered at JMS for 8th graders to earn a high school credit.


The purpose of this year long course if to give every student the opportunity to learn and practice informed decision making in matters of personal health. Keep in mind, this is a required course for graduation. If you fail either Health or Personal Fitness part of this course, you must take BOTH parts again.