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District will restore CIS classes at Burnsville High School

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will restore four College in the Schools (CIS) classes for the 2020-21 school year that had been reduced during last year’s budget process. The additions — American History, American Government, Microeconomics and Calculus — bring the total number of CIS classes available at Burnsville High School to 10.

According to Imina Oftedahl, the district’s director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, a decrease in available CIS classes seemed to coincide with a decrease in overall student enrollment in college-level classes. 

“Even though these classes were available as Advanced Placement classes this year, it appears that many students weren’t interested in enrolling without the CIS designation,” Oftedahl said. 

Students can earn college credit through the University of Minnesota by successfully completing a CIS class. In Advanced Placement (AP) classes, college credit is earned based on the score a student achieves on an end-of-class exam. 

The decision to restore CIS classes came out of the budget process this year, which took a values-first approach. Providing a variety of opportunities for students to earn college credit without needing to travel outside the high school continues to be a priority for the district. 

Including the 10 CIS classes, Burnsville High School offers more than 40 classes in which students can earn college credit without leaving campus. Additionally, the school’s Pathways model helps students find their passion and blaze a path toward future success by offering college- and career-preparation opportunities. Learn more at

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 11:31