Several options are available for Northfield High School students to potentially earn college credit. Contact a counselor for further information regarding any of these programs.
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Dual Credit Options
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
AP courses are available in six academic departments (English, Math, Science, World Language and Social Studies). These courses are taught at a different pacing than regular education courses and teacher expectations are similar those of college-level instructors. AP exams are given in the spring to determine a student’s proficiency in the subject matter. Each college/university determines if college credit will be awarded. Teacher recommendation and/or application are sometimes required for students to register for an AP course.
College Credit Courses in Business, Technology and Engineering, and FACS
Students have the opportunity to earn college credit by earning a B or better in a wide variety of elective courses offered at NHS. See a teacher within any of the above departments for more information.
Senior Honors Program
Through an agreement with St. Olaf College and Carleton College, Northfield High School seniors have the opportunity to enroll in lower-level college courses at no cost to the student. Each college has a specific application process. Application forms are available to students in late spring of their junior year. During the summer, students will be informed of the college’s decision and given instructions on how to register for classes.
Students who intend to use a Senior Honors course to meet a specific graduation requirement should check with their counselor in advance to ensure that the class is applicable. Administrative approval is required prior to the start of these courses.
Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes. The course grade will appear on both the high school and college transcripts.
Post-Secondary Education Opportunities (PSEO)
Post-secondary Enrollment Opportunities (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 post-secondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the post-secondary 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.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college credit by earning qualifying scores on a variety of examinations.