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Burnsville Senior High School offers a wide variety of course offerings for students who desire to receive college credit or work at an accelerated pace. These courses are offered through Advanced Placement, College-in-the Schools (through the University of Minnesota), or honors distinction.
Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program is also available to juniors and seniors who wish to receive collegiate and secondary school credit for a college course. Please note: PSEO grades and credits do apply toward and are calculated into the GPA when determining awards and level of graduation distinction.
ACCELERATED COURSE OFFERINGS
These courses offer college credit and a more challenging approach to a similar course at an average level:
Nationwide, over 90 percent of the colleges that most Advanced Placement candidates have attended give credit and/or advanced placement to students whose Advanced Placement Examination grades are considered acceptable. Social Studies and Mathematics offer courses that prepare students to take Advanced Placement Examinations in these areas. Examinations are also offered in numerous other curricular areas. Examinations are ordered in April and are administered in May. A student who is interested should see a counselor. Students may take advanced placement courses without sitting for the examinations.
- Adv. Placement American History A & B
- Adv. Placement Calculus AB A & B
- Adv. Placement Calculus BC A & B
- Adv. Placement Chemistry A & B
- Adv. Placement Computer/Science
- Adv. Placement Environmental Science A & B
- Adv. Placement Psychology
- Adv. Placement Statistics A & B
- Adv. Placement World History 10
College-in-the-Schools is a program in cooperation with the University of Minnesota, students may gain college credit for satisfactory completion of any of the following courses:
- College-in-the-Schools American Literature
- College-in-the-Schools Writing and Critical Reading
- College-in-the-Schools American History
- College-in-the-Schools American Government
- College-in-the-Schools Economics
- French 5
- Spanish 5
DUAL RANKING SYSTEM
Dual-Ranking System allows students to ranked separately by taking honors courses. The Dual-Ranking System is not a weight-ed grade system. Instead, dual ranking involves identifying a group of students who complete a specific set of core classes and establishing a secondary class rank for these students. Beginning the 2005-2006 school year, sophomores, juniors and seniors who quality will receive this secondary class ranking at the end of each semester marking period. (Refer to registration guide for course offerings)
- Honors Physics
- Honors Biology
- Honors Chemistry
- Honors English 10
- Honors English 11
- Honors English 12/Contemporary American Literature
- Media and Research
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. 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.