OCHS and Stockton sign dual-credit agreement

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Claire Lowe / From left, Lisa Honaker, interim dean of Stockton’s school of arts and humanities; Ocean City High School Principal Matt Jamison; Cheryl Vaughn-Jones, assistant dean of natural sciences and mathematics at Stockton; Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor; Robert Gregg, dean of Stockton’s school of general studies; and Robert Steele, director of media instruction at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, sign an agreement to allow Ocean City High School to offer college credits to its students through the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Wednesday, July 24 in the library at Ocean City High School. Claire Lowe / From left, Lisa Honaker, interim dean of Stockton’s school of arts and humanities; Ocean City High School Principal Matt Jamison; Cheryl Vaughn-Jones, assistant dean of natural sciences and mathematics at Stockton; Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor; Robert Gregg, dean of Stockton’s school of general studies; and Robert Steele, director of media instruction at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, sign an agreement to allow Ocean City High School to offer college credits to its students through the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Wednesday, July 24 in the library at Ocean City High School.

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City School District officials met with representatives from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to sign an agreement Wednesday, July 24 at Ocean City High School that will allow Ocean City High School students in grades 10th-12th to earn college credits this fall.

“They will have an actual Stockton transcript when they graduate,” Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said, adding that the credits may be able to be transferred to other colleges.

Taylor said that students have already signed up for their fall classes, but will be able to decide in September if they want to enroll in the dual-credit program, which offers four or five credits per course.

The college courses at Ocean City High School will be: math 1100 - pre-calculus; biology 1200-1205 - cells and molecule; and techniques of film and video production.

“We expect it to go very well,” Taylor said.

She said the agreement was an objective of the school district’s strategic plan. School officials set up a meeting with Stockton in March to propose the idea and hash out the details.

Ocean City will be joining nine other regional high schools in which Stockton faculty work with high school teachers to ensure course content and quality. The courses are delivered in the high schools by the school’s instructional staff. The staff is mentored by Stockton faculty. 

Taylor said that the agreement is for one year, but the hope is to continue and expand the agreement past the 2013-14 school year.

Students pay $100 per credit. Full tuition for Ocean City High School students is due by Sept. 30 and is non-refundable once a class begins. A payment plan is also available with 50 percent due by Sept. 30 and the remainder due by Oct. 30.

Ocean City High School students will apply online for non-matriculated status on the college’s home page, www.stockton.edu and click on “goStockton,” then use the “Web Services for Students and Employees” link, prior to the end of the first full week of the high school’s classes.

Students will register for the college courses at an orientation/registration session that Stockton will provide at the high school in mid-September.

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