Gifted and high-potential students in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades will be eligible for tuition assistance for participation in the Online Academy offered through the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts thanks to a grant from the Virginia Martin Howard Foundation.

The $21,000 grant will provide $550 toward tuition for a limited number of students, a news release said.

Students are encouraged to speak with their guidance counselor to see if Supplemental Course Academy allocated funds are available to pay for Online Academy, the release said.

These courses are described as rigorous, engaging lessons to address a student’s deeper understanding of the course content.

Available courses include pre-calculus, Algebra I, Algebra 2, Anthropology 1, Anthropology 2, Advanced Placement Computer Science A, AP human geography, AP psychology, AP Spanish language and culture, astronomy, calculus, civics, Computer Science 1, Digital Photography 1, Digital Photography 2, Earth science, fine arts survey, French 1, French 2, geometry, introduction to culinary arts, introduction to social media, Latin 1, Latin 2, music appreciation, personal and family finance, physics, public speaking, Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3 and world history.

Upon passing these courses, students will receive accelerated high school credit and preadmission consideration at LSMSA, the release said.

As each student completes online activities, their progress will be assessed by the instructor and assistance provided to keep students on track toward their academic goals, the release said.

To be eligible, students in grades seven, eight or nine must meet at least two of the following criteria: participation in a school gifted program; recommendation by a gifted and talented designated teacher; scores on national tests are in the 90th percentile; or recognized by Duke TIP or other noted program, the release said.

For more information or to register for the Online Academy, visit www.online.lsmsa.edu, call (800) 256-2854 or email virtualschool@lsmsa.edu.