What is PSEO?
Post-secondary Education Options is an opportunity for eligible high school students to enroll in college or university courses that earn credits simultaneously for both their high school diploma and their college degree. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some are offered online.
What types of courses can a PSEO student take?
Eligible PSEO students can take a range of classes, including general education, and career and technical courses. General education courses are usually liberal arts. Examples include English, calculus, anatomy, biology, political science, art history and psychology. Career and technical courses focus on preparing students for specific occupations and can lead to a certificate, diploma or associate degree. Examples include nursing assistant, manufacturing technician, accounting, business and engineering.
Am I eligible for PSEO?
Eligibility requirements for PSEO are:
- High school juniors must be in the upper one-third of their class or score at or above the 70th percentile on a test, such as the ACT or SAT.
- Seniors must be in the upper one-half of their class or score at or above the 50th percentile on the ACT or SAT. Colleges and universities may admit students based on other documentation of ability to perform college-level work. Students need to meet prerequisite requirements of the course. The college or university makes the final determination on a student’s readiness.
The costs of tuition, books and lab fees will be covered by the school district as part of your high school education. You will be responsible for payment of non-consumable tools and equipment. The books are to be returned to the college directly, as the books belong to the college. Failure to return books may result in a fine/fee or withholding of your transcript by the college.
Grades are usually sent directly to the high school from the college after the completion of the course. However, students are ultimately responsible for making sure the high school receives the grades. All grades must be reported. The grades reported by the college are the grades placed on the student’s high school transcript.
This is not an opportunity to try college, this IS college.
Students should start by planning early. The decision to participate is an important one. The student will be expected to be responsible, self-starting, and an independent learner. Students should seek out additional information and counseling at the high school and at the post-secondary institution to ensure that they are making the best choice for themselves and their educational future. Once you register for college courses, you have started a college transcript. All courses dropped on PSEO must be first approved by your high school counselor. It is essential that you follow this procedure when dropping/canceling a college class. As colleges have designated drop/withdrawal periods; failure to comply will result in a grade of “F” on your high school and college transcripts. Colleges do have the right to restrict the number and kinds of courses PSEO students may take. You must manage your time, study more outside of class, and meet deadlines without reminders. The Minnesota High School League rules allow you to participate in high school extra-curricular activities or athletics at either the high school or postsecondary institution, but not both.
Work with your High School Counselor!
You, the student will be responsible for meeting the graduation requirements of Minneota High School. Working with your high school counselor ensures that the college courses you take will meet the high school requirements. The High school grants the number of credits that you will receive for courses taken on PSEO. Therefore, it is critical that you and your counselor discuss the credits needed. Check each semester to determine your continued credit needs. Appointments are necessary, please plan ahead. Please call the counseling office to make an appointment.
Minneota High School Students who are interested in doing PSEO must notify the School Counselor, Ms. Lauer by April 30th for the next school year. If you have questions or concerns, please call or email the School Counselor, Ms. Lauer.