Dual Credit Options
The following programs may grant a student both high school and college credit. For questions about high school credit, speak with you counselor. For questions about college credit, check with colleges you are applying to.
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 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. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. 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 and the Minneapolis Public Schools District Dual Credit Counseling website.
Attached: MPS Rigorous Course Waiver Procedure, Rigorous Course Waiver Application. These forms along with the pre-approved courses are on the Minneapolis Public Schools District Dual Credit Counseling Website .
International Baccalaureate (IB)
An internationally recognized rigorous course of study across all academic areas. WHS is an authorized IB world school. Washburn may offer the following IB courses: IB SL Math Studies, IB SL Math, IB HL Math; IB SL Chemistry, IB SL Biology, IB SL Environmental Science & Systems, IB SL Physics, IB HL Physics; IB SL English Literature, IB HL English Literature, IB HL Language & Literature; IB SL History: Communism in Crisis; IB SL History of the Americas, IB HL History of the Americas; IB Theory of Knowledge; IB HL/SL Visual Arts; IB HL/SL Spanish and French. Students take exams in May according to the IB exam schedule.
Advanced Placement (AP)
AP is a program of college-level coursework offered in high school. WHS offers AP Statistics and AP US History. Students taking these courses and IB Physics are encouraged to take the AP exams in these subject areas in May. Also, students who are interested in taking other AP exams may study on their own and register to take the exam at WHS in May.
College Level Placement Examination (CLEP)
High school students can earn college credit by taking a computer-based test of their knowledge. The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a College Board program that allows students to accelerate their education by skipping introductory college-level courses in subjects they have already mastered through general academic instruction, significant independent study, extracurricular work or volunteerism. There are 33 exams on a variety of subjects. The time and money saved can be used toward early college completion or to pursue a second major or advanced degree. CLEP exams are accepted for credit by more than 2,900 colleges and universities. Please check with the postsecondary institution of your choice for their most recent CLEP credit policy.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
PLTW is a national organization that works with schools across the country to prepare a larger and more diverse group of students to be successful in engineering and engineering technology programs. Upon successful completion of the course and cumulative exam, students can earn college credit. More detail about earning college credit is here http://www.mnpltw.org/educators-counselors-administrators/articulation-agreements/
The following courses were offered at WHS:
· Intro to engineering design
· Principals of engineering
· Digital electronics
· Civil engineering and architecture
· Computer integrated manufacturing(CIM)