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State Policies in Mississippi  

Mississippi's state policy specifically permits acceleration.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergartenState policy does not permit early entrance to kindergarten. Students must be five years old on or before September 1 to enroll in kindergarten. See page 3 of the Kindergarten Guidelines for more information.
Early entrance to 1st gradeInformation on 1st grade entrance is also included in the Kindergarten Guidelines. Students must be 6 years old on or before September 1 to enroll in 1st grade, and the only exception is if a student was previously enrolled in 1st grade in another state, and he or she meets the criteria set forth in the Mississippi guidelines (available at the link above).
Whole-grade accelerationWhole-grade acceleration is included as a programming option in the Standards for Gifted Education Programs, but is not mentioned in the Regulations for Gifted Education Programs.
Early high school graduationStudents in Mississippi can follow several pathways to graduation, one of which is an Early Exit Exam option. More information is available in the Mississippi Department of Education High School Graduation Pathways publication.
Early entrance to collegeIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or universityState policy specifically permits dual enrollment in high school and college for students beginning in grade 9, and allows students to receive high school credit for college courses.
Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

State policy leaves LEA to determine whether dual enrollment in middle and high school is permitted.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits.
Talent SearchThe Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi offers the Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth, a cooperative effort with the Duke University Talent Identification Program, and other programs of interest to gifted students.
Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

No state policy; up to LEA to determine whether proficiency-based promotion is allowed.
Other forms of content-based acceleration

Typically left to LEAs to determine. If you know of state-level code, please e-mail us.

Additional Information

Mississippi Department of Education Gifted Website
Mississippi Department of Education
Mississippi Association for Gifted Children

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2012-2013 (a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children), Websites, professional literature, and personal communication. The Acceleration Institute has not verified the accuracy of this information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.