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ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
AP classes are college level courses using curriculum developed by the College Board. Students taking AP classes have the potential to earn college credit through an exam process at the end of the course. AP classes allow students to engage in highly rigorous coursework at a college level while still in high school.
Offered at: Edison, Henry, North, Roosevelt, South, Washburn, Southwest
 

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE)
Whether students plan to attend a college, university or technical program, CTE programs prepare students for the demanding coursework ahead. While in high school, students in CTE classes or programs have the potential to earn college credit or professional certification or credentials. CTE programs and coursework include: Appliance Repair, Automotive, Business, Construction, Personal Care and Therapeutic Services, Engineering (Project Lead The Way), Graphic Design, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Broadcasting.
Offered at: Edison, Henry, North, Roosevelt, South, Southwest, Washburn
 

COLLEGE IN THE SCHOOLS (CIS)
CIS courses are MCTC and University of Minnesota (U of M) courses taught in high school during the regular school day by MPS teachers who are specially trained and supported by MCTC and U of M. These are the same courses offered to MCTC and U of M students on campus. Students earn high school credit and MCTC and U of M credit in these courses.
Offered at: Edison, Henry, Roosevelt, South, Southwest, Washburn
 

HONORS
Honor classes cover the same curriculum content and standards as regular classes, but move at a faster pace, which allows students to go more in-depth in the subject area.
Offered at: Edison, Henry, Roosevelt, South, Southwest, Washburn
 

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE CAREER-RELATED CERTIFICATE (IBCC)
The IBCC addresses the needs of high school students interested in pursuing both college and career education. Students participate in a critical thinking course emphasizing reason, reflection, personal development, problem solving and the acquisition of skills to succeed in college and careers. IBCC students participate in a career experience in their interest area and network with career experts locally and internationally. Students take two IB Diploma Programme courses along with their Career Technical Education courses as a part of the IBCC.
Offered at: Henry, Roosevelt
 

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME (IB MYP)
In IB MYP, students in grades 9 and 10 are taught holistic learning, intercultural awareness, academic rigor, community service, critical thinking and research skills and the development of an international understanding of the world. Students have the opportunity to earn the internationally-recognized IB diploma if they continue in the IB pathway in 11th and 12th grades and pass the necessary exams.
Offered at: Edison, Henry, Roosevelt, Southwest
Candidate status: Washburn
 

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME (IB DP)
In IB DP, students in grades 11 and 12 are encouraged to think from an international perspective while developing an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. The emphasis on interdisciplinary learning requires studying across six disciplines: native language, second language, individuals and societies, mathematics and computer science, experimental sciences and the arts. The IB certificate is recognized for credit at most colleges and universities. Students taking IB classes have the potential to earn college credit through an exam process at the end of the course.
Offered at: Edison, Henry, Roosevelt, Southwest, Washburn
 

OPEN
The Open program values individual learning styles, teamwork, intellectual curiosity, diversity and community service. Open classes develop critical thinking skills and are college prep. Students who like to have choices and are self-directed learners would enjoy the Open program. The Open program is not about which classes are taught, but how classes are taught and how students learn.
Offered at: South
 

POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS (PSEO)
Students in 11 and 12 grades can apply to take classes at any Minnesota college or university and, if accepted, have no tuition costs. Students earn both high school and college credit in PSEO classes.
Offered at: PSEO is available to all eligible high school students
 

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY (PLTW)
PLTW is a national program to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from the education system by supporting a demanding teacher-training model that ensures that students learn cutting-edge technology. Students master the same rigorous industry-recognized standards as the professionals in those fields and have the opportunity to earn college credits.
Offered at: Henry, North, South, Southwest, Washburn

 

GENERAL TERMS
 

ADVANCEMENT VIA INDIVIDUAL DETERMINATION (AVID)
AVID addresses the needs of underachieving and disadvantaged students who have had no experience in a traditional college preparatory program. AVID provides support to these students to assist them in attaining their goals of enrollment in a four-year college or university. Through an elective course, students learn skills to equip them for success in a rigorous college preparatory program and continued success in a college or university setting. Nationally, more than 30,000 students have graduated due to AVID and 95 percent of these students have gone on to college.
 

COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)
CLEP allows students to accelerate their education by testing out of introductory college-level courses in subjects students have already mastered. Students can earn college credit by achieving a qualifying score on any of the 34 exams currently available. For a list of test centers in Minnesota, log on to: www.collegeboard.com/CLEPtestcenters (This program is dependent on state funding.)
 

DUAL CREDIT OPTIONS
Opportunities for students to earn both high school and college credit or accelerate their learning to the college level. Examples of dual credit options include academic programs such as AP, IB, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options and College Level Examination Program.
 

GO-TO CARD
A Go-To Student Pass is a durable plastic fare card pre-paid by Minneapolis Public Schools that can be used without limit on city buses and light rail for travel to and from school. Students may also use their Go-To Pass for extracurricular activities after school.
 

ELECTIVE COURSES
Courses students choose to take. Students must earn elective credits to meet graduation requirements.
 

REQUIRED COURSES
Courses students are required to take to meet graduation requirements.
 

PRE-REQUISITE
Required coursework students must complete before taking another course; usually an introductory course.


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