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Southside School District receives charter school grant

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Southside high schoolers can now take college courses before they even graduate. 

The Southside School District has been approved to start a charter school in conjunction with UACCB.

This partnership allows students to take courses in a classroom or online that correspond with their college major. 

Students can then earn enough college hours to start college at the sophomore level. Seniors will also have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate's degree, all at a discounted price. 

Both institutions hope this opportunity allows more students to go to college.

Southside Superintendent Roger Rich said the two hope to have the program set up by March so students can enroll in the college- level courses for the 2015 fall semester.

Rich said the district does not yet know the exact dollar amount of the grant money it will receive, but charter grants usually fall between $300,000 and $500,000. 

Once the program is up and running, Rich said their ultimate goal is to offer the college- level courses to students as young as second- semester sophomores.

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