Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses taught by high school teachers in the regular school day. Each spring, students may choose to take AP examinations produced by The College Board. Students who take the exams will receive a score ranging from 1-5.
Colleges and universities have widely differing policies on AP. Many schools offer credits if a student’s score meets certain criteria. Other schools will not grant credit, but will grant the student advanced standing, allowing them to skip prerequisite courses. Some schools do not recognize AP scores.
Students who are planning to attend college should consider what role AP courses might play in their academic preparation. AP courses are rigorous and students with appropriate skills and background find that challenging course work can play an important role in their overall college preparation.
If you are not sure about how AP might fit into your college planning, please visit with the College Counselor.
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses, at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade of C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes section 124D.09. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.